Here we go again. When it comes to the Andrew Luck vs RG3 conversation, nothing ruffles the feathers of either fan base quicker than the opinions (usually biased) of fans from both teams. If you listen to most comments, you'd think Luck is all but a shoe in for the HOF while RG3 is destined to be the next "Vince Young." I have never been a fan of this debate due to the fact that its too early to tell what either QB will be when it's all said and done. Waaay too early.
When I look at these comparisons made by Colts fans, the one thing that sticks out to me like a sore thumb is how many of them will bash RG3 in order to praise Luck. I have said many times throughout conversations that I am indeed a Colts fan and think Andrew Luck is an outstanding QB. I also however, believe RG3 is an outstanding QB as well. The elephant in the room in this debate is not how good either QB will be, but the fact that none of these so called "Running QBs" were put in situations that ever maximized their talent. Every time an athletic, African American QB comes into the league, they are always put into the Vince young/Michael Vick "running QB" category. Yet QBs like Aaron Rodgers, Steve Young and even Fran Tarkenton for that matter are given a free pass in that department by being called "QBs who can run." While Luck continues to be crowned "the next Manning," RG3 is placed in the same conversation as Vick, McNabb, and every other Athletic, African American QB who's come before him. Instead of being compared to Aaron Rodgers or Steve Young (even though if you look at the numbers in the rushing attempts/yards category they are very similar), RG3 is compared to Vick and Vince Young.
If you think the situation that all of these QBs came into has no impact on their success, here's a historical observation you should consider. When McNabb was with the Eagles, his WR core consisted of 2s and 3s. He had no true number one WR for the majority of the time he was there. The one year Philly gave him a true number one option in Terrell Owens, the Eagles went to the SB. He also never had a true RB who could move the chains for most of his career as well. Ditto for Vick. Vick had to learn a new system every year but one the entire time he was with the Falcons, and the one year he had the same OC for more than one season he led the Falcons to the NFC championship game. He also defeated the then Brett Favre led Packers in Lambeau Field. All while playing with only a decent TE in Alge Crumpler as his main weapon on offense. How many of you can name the WRs he played with in Atlanta without googling them? Yet these same RG3 haters refuse to call Rodgers or Steve Young a "running QB" in spite of their rushing numbers. Instead, they're dubbed "QBs who can run..."
So what's the real difference in the success of Luck vs that of RG3? I think it's obvious in the track record of the organizations they both play for. Andrew Luck has come into a situation that employs the reigning GM of the year as well as an owner who knows how to step out of the way and let the front office he's paying millions to to do their job with no interference (Save for an occasional tweet or two, or three). RG3 on the other hand plays for a team who's owner is arguably the most arrogant prick in the NFL. Dan Snyder swims in the same bowl of noodles as Jerry Jones, and the late Al Davis. The egos these men carry outweighs the rosters they are responsible for fielding. If you want proof, take a look at the moves each has made over the past 15 years. By contrast, Ryan Grigson has accomplished more in his 1st 2 years as the Colts GM than most of the others at his position around the league have in 20. Look at the Browns. Look at the Jags. Look at the Dolphins. Look at the Rams. Look at the Titans. Look at the Bills. And yes look at the Cowboys and Redskins. When was the last time these teams consistently made the playoffs? When was the last time they made the SB?
Before RG3 came to the Skins, they hadn't made the post season in a decade. Coming into an as similar a situation as Luck did, RG3 was a big reason why the Skins broke their current streak of missing the post season. Now as we look at both teams at the midway point of their sophomore seasons, the talent upgrade for the Colts is obvious on both sides of the ball, while the Redskins have remained pat due to salary cap handcuffs from bad decisions made by Snyder and his front office. By the time the Redskins will have enough cap room and draft picks to make significant moves in free agency as well as the draft, RG3 may be on his way out the door, or at least thinking about it. And who could blame him? All of the comments that keep coming in regarding RG3's knee injuries are coming from fans who fail to see the big picture, and that's Washington's inability to protect their young star QB by surrounding him with the best talent to help maximize his talent. That being said, it is unfair to say what either QB will become at the end of their careers.
If the brief history of these two offers any indication at all, it appears Luck will have the better career not because he is the clear cut better player, but because he is playing for a better ran organization.These two are not the 1st QB tandem taken in the NFL draft and certainly won't be the last. Drew Bledsoe and Rick Mirer both started their careers on high notes and leading critics into thinking they would battle against each other for years to come. Yet it was Bledsoe who would go on to have a stellar career with a SB appearance while Mirer became an NFL journeyman. Same goes for Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith. The common thread in the success or failure between these QBs was not all on the overall talent of each, but on the organizations they played for. No matter how talented you are in the NFL, games on Sunday have never been one by one player. They are won by teams, and the members of those teams extend beyond the players on the field..