Commentary: Russell Wilson should have won the NFL’s AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Wilson only received 10 of 50 votes for the NFL’s rookie of the year award. Robert Griffin III won the award, receiving 29 of the 50 votes. Andrew Luck came in second, receiving 11 votes.
Let me preface this by stating that Robert Griffin III is one of, if not the most exciting player in the NFL. Griffin’s ability to outrun an entire defense or effortlessly throw a deep pass perfectly are reasons why he is considered the most exciting player in the NFL. However, despite all of his ability and leadership skills, he’s not very durable.
Griffin III was able to lead the Redskins to the playoffs, capturing their first NFC East title since 1999. Griffin III set the rookie record for passer rating (102.4), threw for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. He also added 815 yards on the ground and 7 rushing touchdowns.
Wilson also led his team to the playoffs, capturing a Wild Card spot. He was nearly as good as Griffin from the pocket, completing 64 percent of his passes and tallying a 100.0 QB rating to Griffin’s 65 percent completion and QB rating of 102.4. Wilson also tied Peyton Manning’s rookie passing TD record of 26. He added 489 yards on the ground and 4 rushing touchdowns.
RG3 Total – 4,015 yards and 27 TD’s with 7 turnovers (5 interceptions and 2 lost fumbles)
R. Wilson Total – 3,607 yards and 30 TD’s with 12 turnovers (10 interceptions and 2 lost fumbles)
Griffin III led the Redskins to an 8-6 record when he was the starter. Backup Kirk Cousins took over down 28-20 at home against the Ravens (December 9, 2012) and led them to the victory 31-28. Cousins, also led the Redskins to a victory the following week against the Browns in Cleveland (December 16, 2012). Cousins got used to filling in for Griffin, stepping in for Griffin earlier in the season against the Falcons (October 7, 2012).
What’s more concerning for Redskins fans is Griffin III was unable to finish the playoff game the Redskins hosted against the Seattle Seahawks. Griffin III was forced to leave the game with another injury (January 6, 2013). By my count, Griffin was unable to finish 3 out of the 16 games (including playoffs) and unable to play one game due to injury. That’s 4 out of 17 games this season, Griffin III wasn’t able to complete or help his team win.
On the other hand, Russell Wilson was able to play in and complete every game he started for the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson led the Seahawks to all 11 of their wins compared with Griffin, who led the Redskins to 9 of 10 wins.
Therefore, Wilson with nearly identical stats, improved his team by the same amount of wins (4) deserved to win the award over Robert Griffin III.