I promise we will change the subject from RG3’s statistical excellence at some point here but there are a few more things that need to be pointed out. Except as noted, all records noted are since at least the 1960 season.
Griffin completed 93.3 percent of his passes yesterday. Only four other quarterbacks have completed over 90 percent of their passes in a game where they threw for at least four touchdowns. It hasn’t happened since 1994 when the 49ers’ Steve Young did it against the Falcons.
Young’s offensive coordinator that year? Mike Shanahan.
Griffin had a perfect 158.3 passer rating and threw for four touchdowns and had no interceptions. That combination has been accomplished 18 times by 17 different quarterbacks (Tom Brady has done it twice). But while that feat is not all that rare, the list of names that you pull out of the database when you search for it is quite impressive.
Of the 17 quarterbacks, 16 are in the Hall of Fame and/or have led their teams to a Super Bowl appearance. There are current stars like Brady and Drew Brees and some past greats like Fran Tarkenton, Johnny Unitas, and Len Dawson.
The only one who doesn’t fit the Hall or Super Bowl mold is Frank Ryan and he made three straight Pro Bowls for the Browns in the 1960’s.
None of the above quarterbacks rushed for nearly as many yards in their stellar performances as RG3 did in his. Griffin had 84, the best rushing performance among the others was Steve Grogan's 32 in 1978.
The folks in the numbers biz call this signature significance. In the thousands of NFL games played since 1960 the chances are that some schlub will stumble into a perfect rating with 4 TD’s and zero picks. But the fact that nobody except accomplished quarterbacks have done it means that there is a very good chance that if you do it, it is likely that you are a very, very special player.
Of course, those of us who have been watching every pass of RG3’s first 10 games have had that feeling since the first quarter of the first game. But sometimes it’s nice to have some statistical confirmation.