John Madden, the legendary coach, commentator, and face of the Madden NFL series, has a large number of dumb quotes to his name (for a lovely list, click here.) None of his comments, however, have irked me as much as his recent statements about Robert Griffin III. On his SiriusXM Radio show, Madden had the audacity to proclaim RG3 as the best player in the NFL. EXCUSE ME? Just a few days ago I wrote an article imploring NFL fans to let RG3 get more games under his belt before anointing him the next Cam Newton. But Madden — who has seen myriad impressive players in his long football career — took it farther than I could have ever imagined. Don’t get me wrong, RG3 is a star in the making, but he has done nothing deeming him worthy of being named best player in the NFL.
If that comment didn’t bother me enough, all I had to do was hear Madden compare Griffin III to none other than a Mr. Timothy Richard Tebow. Really, John? I know you are retired from most of your NFL-related duties, but I am sure you watch the same games I do. Putting Tebow and Griffin III in the same sentence is simply slanderous. Sure, Madden said that Griffin “reminded him of a Tebow that can pass.” But all that means is that RG3 is a mobile quarterback and Tim Tebow is some sort of hybrid running back. Tebow experienced some fluke success, somewhat like a baseball pitcher stacking up wins due to his team’s strong hitting despite yielding a 4+ ERA. I am appalled to see Tebow’s name anywhere other than on the depth chart of bench players.
Maybe Madden has been busy playing his video games with RG3 at the helm of his offense. Perhaps he simply doesn’t think before he speaks. All I know is people need to let the Redskins rookie quarterback continue to prove himself before any nominations are handed out.
Oh, and don’t listen to Madden. Unless you want to know that third down is before fourth and that offensive linemen are big guys. Once a great football coach with 2 Super Bowl rings, the man now is at his best when he is not talking. That way, at least, he can’t be so wrong.
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