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The RG3 experience

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm with 32 Comments »
February 24, 2012 1:40 pm

NOTE: I’m waiting for video to upload. And Pete Carroll will be talking at 12:15 pacific time here.

Wow.

Baylor’s Robert Griffin III is probably the most impressive person I’ve seen interviewed in the short period of three years coming to the NFL Scouting Combine.

I’ve never witnessed a player so comfortable answering questions in front of a large group of reporters.

Griffin showed an impressive grace in answering questions while still appearing in command of the situation. It’s easy to understand while teams like Seattle will be clamoring to trade up in order to make Griffin the face of their franchise.

How comfortable was Griffin? He said he had his Ninja Turtle socks on. Griffin said he picked up the habit or wearing mismatched or unique socks as a sophomore in high school.

Griffin said on the field he’ll run, but will not participate in the quarterback throwing session.

“You don’t go somewhere and run a game plan you’ve never practiced,” Griffin said about his decision not to throw. “Throw to guys you’ve never practiced with in an environment you’re not prepared for.”

Griffin already answered questions about his size. He came in at 6-foot-2 and three-eighths and 223 pounds.

“We didn’t lie about my height,” quipped Griffin.

Griffin talked about overcoming the misconception that he’s a running quarterback. He said he’s comfortable throwing from inside the pocket, although he can run if he needs to.

Griffin also talked about how his skill set fits in a West Coast offense like Cleveland, Washington or Seattle.

“Once you get into a system it’s easy to learn it,” he said. “I’m not saying I’m going to open the playbook and know it immediately. But once you can get on the field and start going through the routes and the protections that you’re going to have to run in those type of offenses, it comes to you a lot sooner.”

Griffin was asked about teams like the Cleveland Browns falling in love with the idea of him leading their team and moving up to draft him.

“I hope somebody falls in love with me other than my fiancé,” Griffin said. “That’s what you want. As a player you want a team that really wants you – head coach, GM, owner – everybody. Someone that really wants you in that place and the players believe in you. So that’s what I’m looking forward to. I’m looking forward to making somebody fall in love with me.”

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Good to hear, and something those of us that have followed him the past two seasons have known. He’s a mature and composed and a smart dude.

    I couldn’t care less what his 40 time is. He’s such a more polished pocket passer than he gets credit for. He can make every throw and can work progressions. They’ll have to give up a ton to get him.

  2. SeahawkFan12 says:

    RGIII is a stud. Great guy, solid character, fantastic athlete. I agree with Duke that he (RG3…not Duke) does not get the credit for the pocket passer he is. I watched a couple of his games and he looked rock-solid. Would love to see him is a Seahawks uniform.

  3. freedom_X says:

    Griffin’s intangibles and interviews/behaviors have always impressed the heck out of me. In that respect, he’s the anti-Cam Newton, even though people are always trying to draw parallels between the two. I also hope that somehow he ends up as Seattle’s pick.

    As far as the height goes, Hugh Millen says that Cam Newton looked legitimately 6’2″ when he stood next to him. We’ll find out soon after the combine measurements. Is Griffin going to throw?

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Griffin measured 6′ 2″ three eights and he’s not throwing at the combine.

  5. SandpointHawk says:

    Gee Dukeshire, how did you ever keep a straight face on that one? I bit my tongue and walked away from the keyboard…..

  6. jchawks08 says:

    Freedom, you’ve got to read more than just the headlines, there buddy..
    Heard Brock and Salk talking dicussing trading all their draft picks to move up to draft RGIII. Pretty sure I’d get on board with that idea. I haven’t seen a lot of him, but I did watch the Bowl game vs UW. Holy Crap the dude is as good as anyone I’ve ever seen in college.

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Griffin said on the field he’ll run, but will not participate in the quarterback throwing session.
    “You don’t go somewhere and run a game plan you’ve never practiced,” Griffin said about his decision not to throw. “Throw to guys you’ve never practiced with in an environment you’re not prepared for.”

    Now that’s about the smartest thing I heard someone say about the throwing session at the combine! Although Griffin has nothing to gain by throwing anyways, imo.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    Sandpoint – lol. What do you mean? The height and throwing thing?

  9. chuck_easton says:

    I’m trying real hard to hate RGIII and find something in his personality or game to point to and scream ‘RED FLAG!!!’ But he comes off as very mature, very in control of himself, humble but confident.

    Oh, and I’m trying to hate him because Seattle doesn’t have a chance to draft him so I don’t want him to succeed for some other team.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    Well Chuck, Carroll did say last year, that he’d “mortgage the future” as far as trade picks go, for the right QB. So, there’s that…

  11. raymaines says:

    I’m thinking Dukeshire doesn’t get as much credit as pocket passer as he should either. Probably not on the same level with RG3, but is still better than we think he is.

    Brock & Salk ask how much any of us would trade to move up and get RG3? I’d answer by asking another question. Would Indy have been better off for the last dozen years with PM or with Charley Batch (the 3rd QB taken that year, we’re not going to talk about Ryan Leaf) and another first round pick for 3,4, or even 5 years?

  12. SeahawkFan12 says:

    …and Schneider indicated that they would NOT give up picks to move up. I’d love to see them make a move for RG3, but the combination of Schneider’s comments and St. Louis holding the #2 pick (and probably not really motivated to load the franchise QB on the front doorstep of a division rival), I’d say the likelihood of him wearing a Seahawk uniform is real low. BUT…stranger things have happened.

  13. langfordhawk says:

    But St.Louis isn’t going to trade with the Seahawks are they????

  14. I want someone like that who can be the face of the franchise! I don’t want someone who can’t talk in complete sentences, says “you know” after every two words and things of that nature (in addition to no pocket presence, is not a 4th quarter winner, etc.). I want someone I can be proud of on and off the field. We can keep all the people who may be idiots for other positions, but I think you need have a seperate standard for the type of person you need at QB. Throw T-Jack and Portis at other positions and I’d be happy with them (assuming they were good).

  15. Why would Schneider come out and say yesterday that they were going to try to make a deal with the Rams for RGIII? Of course he’s going to say they aren’t. You can’t believe anything this time of year.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    raymaimes – You should have see me QB my flag football team. Really, very impressive, indeed. Lol

  17. Not saying that T-Jack is an idiot (he just sounds like one with all of the “you knows”). The most important negative, obviously, is the on-field concerns. We all know his character is studly, at least as much of what we know of people we really don’t know personally. Better clarify that before things get taken out of context (and I really wouldn’t care how many “you knows” were associated w/a QB if they won me a Super Bowl!). But I’d love to have a guy like Luck or what RGIII seems to be.

  18. freedom_X says:

    I shouldn’t read this stuff on my phone. :)

    Actually, I did listen to Brock and Salk this morning and when Salk tried to pin Denny O’Neil on the question (what would Schneider and Carroll give up to move up in the draft) O’Neil basically said this was a stupid question and how the h*ll was he or anyone else going to know that. O’Neil actually sounded very, very annoyed at the question.

    Hey, if they love the guy, they’ll make the move. That’s the part we’ll never know unless they actually make the deal.

  19. John Clayton was talkin on the radio and said Lynch will probably be signed to a four year deal within the next two weeks and that GB will not tag Flynn because that would mean they would have to have some backroom dealings and Ted Thompson is too much of an eagle scout to break any rules. Also, he mentioned something that Big Red may take awhile to get things figured out because the team and him are still pretty distant on what they think his value is.

  20. I’ve heard the Ted Thompson “eagle scout” stuff too. Good for him! Even though I hate the Packers, I like seeing guys like him (or as we perceive him) succeed.

    If Big Red leaves: Carriker, Adam. Won’t lose much by way of run stuffing ability, will add pass rush ability (and be cheaper).

  21. Bobby, I think that is just how a lot of black dudes talk, not trying to stereotype (though I am), but most of my friends that are black or grew up around of black people talk like that, you know what I mean; I mean you know what I’m sayin’. I find myself cussing a lot because of the people I work with do. It just rubs off on you and you start doing it yourself, just the enviroment.

  22. SandpointHawk says:

    Duke…yes that is correct…we need to read more than the headlines and comments.

    Freedom_X…all is forgiven it was good for a laugh and I understand the phone problem….

    BobbyK…I don’t care if “The Guy” is deaf, dumb and blind and a pickpocket if he can win games. Let Skittles be the face of the franchise….

    In my fantasy world the Seahawks find a real franchise quarterback. Although I love several of our past QB’s we have never, ever had a true year in, year out FQB.

  23. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Sandpoint, we’ve never had a true year in, year out QB? Ever? Zorn was pretty much that guy, Krieg was no slouch and Hasslebeck was the face of the organization once he took over the starting role. Oh yeah, also lead us to the Super Bowl. Sounds like at least one franchise QB in there to me.

  24. SandpointHawk says:

    MVP? Like I said I loved several (the three you noted) but I will stand by my statement. Year in year out top 5?

  25. SeahawkFan12 says:

    MVP? Top5? I thought you said franchise QB. Big difference. You can have a legit franchise QB that is not a year-in-year-out MVP of Top 5. Phillip Rivers (yeah, I just puked a little too) is a good example. He might be a toad, but he’s the face of the Chargers franchise. Just because a guy doesn’t have hte last name of Manning, Brady or Montana doesn’t mean he’s not a franchise QB.

    I get your point about the MVP and Top 5, though.

  26. SandpointHawk says:

    OK let me restate….

    In my fantasy world the Seahawks find a real Hall of Fame quarterback. Although I love several of our past QB’s we have never, ever had a true year in, year out Hall of Fame QB…

    It’s my fantasy I’m going to “Shoot for the Stars”…

  27. chuck_easton says:

    In all honesty Zorn, Kreig, and Hasselbeck ARE the three QB’s of the Seahawks (ever).

    After those three there were just a bunch of guys taking up space. I might include Moon in there if he had played a few more years here.

    Just for fun, let’s try to name the others:

    Mirer
    Stouffer
    McGwire
    Dilfer
    Jackson
    Kitna
    Huard
    Freisz
    Gelbaugh
    Wallace

    Wow, not a whole lot of names in there that scream Franchise QB.

    3 in 30+ years.

  28. SandpointHawk says:

    What a long strange trip it’s been…

  29. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I will settle for a top ten qb with a great supporting cast.

  30. ChrisHolmes says:

    I think there’s a more realistic chance of Seattle trading up to get RG3 than there is of Seattle landing Flynn or another QB.

    If I’m the Rams I look at a trade with Seattle as a chance to weaken a division rival for the next couple of years. Take some picks away from a team I face twice every year? You betcha.

    I, for one, would be thrilled with this kid as the face of our franchise for a while. He has the skills and the character. If he turned into a modern-day Steve Young? Wow…

  31. ChrisHolmes says:

    Something else occurs to me: PC and JS seem to really value mobility in a QB (why they appear to value that above, say, the ability to read a defense or make a quick decision or an accurate throw, I don’t know, but that’s who they are).

    When I look at RG3′s skill set, I see everything I love about a QB (smart, accurate, good arm) and everything JS and PC love. Makes me wonder if he’s not a guy they really are targeting, ahead of a trade/signing of Flynn or anyone else for that matter.

  32. Soggybuc says:

    Don’t be bashing the Gelbaugh!!!, he won me many championships in Techmo Superbowl!

    i refuse to believe the Hawks have any interest in RGIII. at least that way I won’t be disappointed when we trade down for more picks.

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