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Bill Polian talks up Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III AP

Bill Polian spent most of the 2011 season thinking he’d get to make the first pick in the 2012 NFL draft, and everyone has long assumed that pick would be Andrew Luck. But Polian, the former Colts G.M. who’s now an ESPN analyst, is also talking up Robert Griffin III.

Polian said on Friday that people sometimes focus so much on Griffin’s pure speed that they forget how good he is at stopping on a dime and throwing deep when he’s forced out of the pocket.

“If he pulls up to throw the ball — and I would direct you to the Oklahoma film — all he has to do is stand up and flick that wrist and the ball will go across the field 55, 50 yards in the wink of an eye — on a rope and it’s accurate,” Polian said, via the Washington Post. “So he presents a threat that we really haven’t seen before.”

The Oklahoma game Polian refers to may have been Griffin’s finest at Baylor: He completed 21 of 34 passes for 479 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions, and also ran for 72 yards. (Oklahoma, which entered the game ranked No. 5 in the country had won all 20 of its previous meetings against Baylor.) This video of Griffin’s game-winning touchdown pass with eight seconds left shows exactly what Polian is talking about: Griffin rolled to his left, stopped at the 35-yard line and fired the ball into the end zone an instant before he got drilled.

Luck is the prototypical NFL passer, but Polian views Griffin as a quarterback who can do things that have never been done in the NFL.

“He’s a world-class track man and as such is a bit of a long-strider and a bit of a narrow base guy, as opposed to Cam [Newton], who’s an instinctive, natural football runner, a make-you-miss, shake- and-bake guy in a 6-foot-5, 250-pound body. RG is not that,” Polian said. “That said, he has enough shake to beat most defensive linemen. And once he sticks that foot in the ground and goes, it’s gone baby gone. You’re going to have a hard time catching him. That’s unique. He presents a threat that’s absolutely unique.”

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24 Responses to “Bill Polian talks up Robert Griffin III”
  1. kathyisintheroom says: Apr 21, 2012 10:52 AM

    Enough with the Bill Polian opinions already !!!!!!

  2. phailing101 says: Apr 21, 2012 10:54 AM

    Polian still takes Luck. ‘Nuff said.

  3. mjkelly77 says: Apr 21, 2012 10:55 AM

    This is just Polian’s way of getting back at Irsay for firing him and his son.

  4. qdog112 says: Apr 21, 2012 11:07 AM

    Polian has it right about RG3. That is the first honest, succinct report I’ve seen on him yet. (outside what I have posted here). He never said anything negative about Luck, but most idiots can’t hear anything good about RG3, unless they take it as a bash against Luck. It takes nothing away from Luck. He will a good QB. RG3 just brings something different to the table. Luck is athletic too and if they try to make him stay in the pocket, it limits his use of his athleticism. That will be a mistake. My guess is he’ll run more that expected because he won’t risk throws that he can’t make.

  5. jerlee7 says: Apr 21, 2012 11:20 AM

    can someone please explain these things we “have never seen anyone do”? Run, pass, throw on the run, win the Superbowl? This is new?

  6. donmichaelcorleone says: Apr 21, 2012 11:31 AM

    Wait, didn’t Polian get canned because he ran the Colts into the ground? Yeah we all REALLY respect your opinion. Peyton is the only reason you had success you old turd so just stop it

  7. qdog112 says: Apr 21, 2012 11:38 AM

    jerlee7 says: Apr 21, 2012 11:20 AM

    can someone please explain these things we “have never seen anyone do”? Run, pass, throw on the run, win the Superbowl? This is new?
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    “all he has to do is stand up and flick that wrist and the ball will go across the field 55, 50 yards in the wink of an eye — on a rope and it’s accurate,” Did you even try to read what he said?
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    He completed 21 of 34 passes for 479 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions, and also ran for 72 yards. (Oklahoma, which entered the game ranked No. 5 in the country had won all 20 of its previous meetings against Baylor.)

  8. clw1906 says: Apr 21, 2012 11:57 AM

    donmichaelcorleone says:
    Apr 21, 2012 11:31 AM
    Wait, didn’t Polian get canned because he ran the Colts into the ground? Yeah we all REALLY respect your opinion. Peyton is the only reason you had success you old turd so just stop it

    No I think he’s the one that built that organization up when they were the laughing stock of the league. The one that chose manning over leaf umm remember him?

  9. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 21, 2012 12:27 PM

    Like how people are questioning polians ability to evaluate talent.

    Im no colts fan but Polian built a team around manning that won 12 games a year for a decade. Had bob sanders not been made of glass, colts probly make it to 2 more superbowls.

  10. killerron says: Apr 21, 2012 1:03 PM

    JaMarcus Russell could throw 60 yards from his knees too…We’ll see how well he does after getting chased by the Giants/Cowboys/Eagles defenses twice a year.

    It seems like every QB had a good year in the Big 12. I don’t think that translates well into the NFL where some teams actually play defense.

  11. buddybowl69 says: Apr 21, 2012 1:36 PM

    Stop talking back about RGIII or I’ll get mad and hold my breath. We haven’t had a real QB in along time and you people want to ruin it, Stop it.

    RGIII will win us every Super Bowl for the next 15 years and you can’t stop him. You’re just jealous and it shows.

  12. kronix7 says: Apr 21, 2012 1:41 PM

    I have no doubt that both Luck and Griffith will be superstars in the NFL. I don’t think anyone could go wrong with either pick. I think Luck is more natural but Griffith will develop into a beast. If Luck and Griffith were in the same conference I think you would have a Manning vs. Brady esque rivarly. Unfortunately it won’t happen unless they meet in few Super Bowls together. Imagine that.

  13. kronix7 says: Apr 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    Killeron is correct. Meeting those three teams will either make him or break him. That will be an interesting division to watch.

  14. reach4succeed says: Apr 21, 2012 1:50 PM

    Polian knows unique greatness when he sees it and the Redskins have it.

  15. jwreck says: Apr 21, 2012 2:20 PM

    killerron says: Apr 21, 2012 1:03 PM

    JaMarcus Russell could throw 60 yards from his knees too…We’ll see how well he does after getting chased by the Giants/Cowboys/Eagles defenses twice a year.
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    kronix7 says: Apr 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    Killeron is correct. Meeting those three teams will either make him or break him. That will be an interesting division to watch.
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    It would be stupid to deny the Redskins were a bad team last year. Records speak for themselves. However, just because a team is bad doesn’t mean it is bad at everything. Pass rushing and offensive line play is a prime misconception. For example: the supposedly godlike Giants defense sacked Rex “World’s greatest athlete” Grossman a total of eight times last year. The Redskins “god-awful” defense sacked Eli Manning ten times last year. Dallas, on the other hand, sacked Sexy Rexy six times, while Romo hit the turf only five times. Philly’s amazing pass rush brought The dynamic duo of Rex and Beck down only three times, while The Redskins sacked Vick four times.

    Keep in mind Washington’s starting right Tackle and left guard were lost to injury for most of the season, and left tackle Trent Williams was suspended for the final four games of 2011. Still, if you were keeping count, Washington registered 19 sacks against NFC East opponents while East rivals brought Rex F. Grossman down only 16 times. NFC East defenses are nothing to sneeze at, it’s just important to realize DC isn’t as much the butt of the joke as everyone thinks. Griffin will make the NFC East the most competitive division in the NFL for the next decade.

  16. themightywhitey says: Apr 21, 2012 2:48 PM

    RGIII=Akili Smith

    BUST!

  17. boilerup1869 says: Apr 21, 2012 2:50 PM

    Everything Polian says while the colts have the #1 pick is suspicious to me

  18. parenthesis78 says: Apr 21, 2012 3:21 PM

    I’m a skins fan .. and I’ve favored Griffin the whole time ..for our offense .. I just think he’s the right fit .. I hope with all my might he pans out ..
    but if he doesnt .. of course the redskins haters will eat this up .. it’s just funny how so many people want him to fail .. honestly I want both him and luck to succeed … it makes for a better NFL product …. when the browns play the jaguars .. nobody wants to watch it .. why .. because the qb’s and the team in general are sub par .. when manning plays brady .. it’s in prime time .. u watch whether that’s your team or not .. cuz it’s good football .. so if griffin wasnt’ coming to us I would want him to do well .. luck too .. STOP HATING !
    side note.. one exception .. if he went to the cowboys .. he would have to suck .. drum roll cymbal crash

  19. mf7krime says: Apr 21, 2012 3:30 PM

    RGIII reminds me so much of Andre Ware.

    4,699 yards, 44 touchdowns, and set 26 NCAA records and won the Heisman in 1989… Elevating his U of Houston team to above their normal stature.

    He was the second quarterback taken overall.

    Beware that’s all I’m saying. I’m an NFL fan so I hope he is amazing so the league will be even better, but I’m worried he’s going to bust.

    The first QB taken in 1990 was Jeff George by the Colts and he sucked too.

    Look out!

  20. abninf says: Apr 21, 2012 4:01 PM

    Being on the Redskins will ruin him.

  21. stricknineskinz says: Apr 21, 2012 4:06 PM

    Why would we listen to a guy who has built 3 different teams into powerhouses like Bill Polian, when we have unbiased experts like Von Miller and an anonymous scout, who has such a strong handle on the English language?

  22. skinsdiehard says: Apr 21, 2012 5:43 PM

    abninf says:
    Apr 21, 2012 4:01 PM
    Being on the Redskins will ruin him.
    —————————————–
    Are you on drugs? The Skins are a storied franchise. Have more receivers in the Hall of Fame than any franchise. Have won 3 Superbowls. Have a current head coach that has won 2 Superbowls. There is nothing that says he cannot succeed with the Skins. Of course he can.

  23. cowboysallday says: Apr 21, 2012 7:24 PM

    Polish doesn’t have a job for a reason…his opinion doesn’t matter just like any analyst

  24. rtbragg5 says: Apr 24, 2012 10:13 AM

    Can’t trust anything Polian says anymore. His talent evaluations have been TERRIBLE since 2005. Look at the picks.

    2005- Marlin Jackson- Not bad but not a shut down corner either

    2006- Joe Addai- Enough said

    2007- Anthony Gonzalez
    Also in 2007 the Colts traded their 2008 number 1 to jump up in the second and take Tony Ugoh

    2009- Donald Brown- He’s shown flashes but the jury is still out on him

    2010- Jerry Hughes- Who?

    2011- Anthony Castonzo- I like this pick.

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