The story lines this week are obvious as the Indianapolis Colts prepare to take on the Washington Redskins in Indianapolis. Namely, the focus has been centered around the two quarterbacks - Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. They were the top two picks in 2012. One of them was the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 and the other was the best rookie in 2012. They both possess plenty of talent. But that's where the comparisons end, as Luck has emerged as one of the league's best quarterbacks while Griffin has played like one of the league's worst.
According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter tonight, however, we likely won't even see RGIII in the matchup of the top two picks in 2012, as the Redskins plan to start Colt McCoy instead. This per Schefter:
Washington is planning to start Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III on Sunday at Indianapolis, per a team source.
While Griffin is not a part of Washington's plan for Sunday's game, he still appears to be a significant part of the Redskins' long-term plan, per another source.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has since confirmed the report:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Redskins?src=hash">#Redskins</a> are planning to start Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III this Sun, per source (as <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter">@AdamSchefter</a> said). A 1-week call at this point</p>— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/537461565025681409">November 26, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
While we perhaps won't see a quarterback "matchup" between Luck and Griffin, this provides yet another example of how different their careers have been. Luck has played in every game this year, has completed 63.4% of his passes for 3,641 yards, 29 touchdowns and 10 picks while also adding 193 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. Griffin, meanwhile, has played in just 5 games, completing 69.7% of his passes for 869 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 picks while adding 100 yards rushing. Furthermore, Andrew Luck - who also leads the NFL in passing yards - is on pace to throw 42 touchdowns this season, which would be more than Griffin has thrown in his career to date. There's no debate at this point, but the reports tonight of RGIII being benched this week against the Colts is another clear illustration of the difference between the top two picks in the 2012 draft.
It has been a rocky road for Griffin this season, and as if the injuries and awful play weren't enough his coach hasn't been too supportive of him and the quarterback has lost plenty of backing within the organization, per various reports. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said on Monday that he planned to start Griffin at quarterback with the Colts, but sounded noncommittal. It sounds like he'll be starting Colt McCoy at quarterback rather than Griffin on Sunday - and McCoy has led the Redskins to two wins in his two starts.