Looking around the NFL, the top quarterbacks are obvious: Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning. It's easy to argue the order the players belong in, but it gets more interesting when you consider what teams have the best QB situations, both for 2015 and beyond, and consider factors like contract and age. When looking at that picture, Manning and Brady slide, especially as the former deals with injury concerns and the latter is appealing a four-game suspension.
Rotoworld looked at every NFL team to judge their quarterback situation, and the results are a bit surprising. And for Redskins fans, the results are depressing.
With Andrew Luck at the helm and only 25 years old, it's no surprise the Colts ranked No. 1. Rodgers and the Packers take the No. 2 spot, solely because Rodgers is older than Luck. At No. 3 comes the first true surprise, with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Wilson is a really good player - taken three rounds after Luck and Robert Griffin III in 2012 - with back to back Super Bowl appearances, but statistically Wilson doesn't approach a host of other QBs.
The surprises keep coming on this list, but what Redskins fans want to know is where does RG3 land. The results aren't good: The 'Skins QB situation ranked No. 29 out of 32 NFL teams, with just Cleveland (Josh McCown), Houston (Ryan Mallett) and Buffalo (Matt Cassel) behind Washington. That means Oakland with Derek Carr and Jacksonville with Blake Bortles rank higher than Griffin, not to mention the Jets with Ryan Fitzpatrick. It's hard to think RG3's stock has fallen so far since his dominant rookie season in 2012, but here we are.
There are harbingers of doom, and then there’s getting benched for Colt McCoy in the year of our lord 2014. Robert Griffin III looked like the league’s most electrifying player since Michael Vick as a rookie, but injuries have robbed him of his unique athleticism. They haven’t robbed him of his penchant for drama, which has put him at loggerheads with coach Jay Gruden, a man who seems to have little interest in catering his “system” to RGIII’s strengths. It’s made for a toxic situation that appears to have little hope of a happy ending. Still only 25, it’s too early to write off Griffin’s career, but a departure from Washington is probably best for both sides. It’s likely to come in 2016, quite possibly after RGIII has again been benched for McCoy.
Consider that RG3 was taken No. 2 overall in 2012, behind only Luck. In that same draft came Miami's Ryan Tannehill, ranked 10th, Nick Foles, now in St. Louis and ranked three spots ahead of Griffin at 26, and Wilson, a third round pick now ranked as the third best situation for a QB in the NFL.
How the mighty have fallen. Injuries are a huge part of Griffin's slide, but still, does RG3 belong so low on this list? Ahead of just three teams? Worse than the Jets and Raiders? Let us know what you think in the comments.