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John Madden: Robert Griffin III is “a Tim Tebow that can pass”

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Hall of Fame coach and former broadcaster John Madden watched the Redskins’ win over the Saints on Sunday, and afterward he said he views Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III as a quarterback who can run like Tim Tebow and pass like, well, someone with a much better arm than Tim Tebow.

“You know, the thing that he did that was so amazing was he reminded me — and I don’t mean to throw names around — but he reminded me of a Tim Tebow that can pass,” Madden said on SiriusXM NFL Radio, via the Washington Post. “You know, Tim Tebow, when he was playing for Denver last year, he would tend to freeze the defenses, because they weren’t sure if it was run or pass, if he was gonna hand off or run. I mean, he couldn’t pass like RGIII — [Griffin] can throw the ball — but he has a tendency to freeze the defense.

Madden said he was in awe of how poised Griffin looked while playing in a difficult environment in the Superdome.

“It’s darn near an impossible task to open up and play the Saints in their place,” Madden said. “I mean, no one wins down there, so I didn’t expect him to do anything like he did. But I did want to see him, and I wanted to see what he had. And at some point, I have to admit that I said this, it just came out, I said RGIII’s the best player in the NFL today. That’s what I really thought. Those words did come out.”

It’s probably not realistic to think Griffin can keep looking like the best player in the NFL every week. But Madden is right: On Sunday, he looked really, really good.

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53 Responses to “John Madden: Robert Griffin III is “a Tim Tebow that can pass””
  1. max20characters says: Sep 12, 2012 5:21 PM

    Perfectly said.

  2. lionstildeath says: Sep 12, 2012 5:21 PM

    this tebow stuff is driving me crazy…..some one tear his achilles so we can move on with the rest of the NFL……

    and yes, that was a bounty.

  3. rdrs68 says: Sep 12, 2012 5:23 PM

    and one who can read defenses.

  4. realnflmaster says: Sep 12, 2012 5:23 PM

    Let him play more than one game……Seriously.

  5. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 12, 2012 5:25 PM

    I’m a life long diehard Redskin fanatic and I was a HUGE skeptic of RG3 but I too was very impressed….hopefully he can do that for about the next 15 years…

  6. tennesseetitan78 says: Sep 12, 2012 5:26 PM

    I miss finnegan in TN!!!

  7. jets13 says: Sep 12, 2012 5:27 PM

    Let him play more than one game……Seriously.

    ————

    why, in 1 game he proved that statement true, it’s not like madden said RG III is the next montana or anything

  8. trollaikman8 says: Sep 12, 2012 5:29 PM

    So he’s Michael Vick but can pass.

  9. maddenisfordorks says: Sep 12, 2012 5:30 PM

    Why?

    Why talk about him so much? He isn’t good in the pro level.

    The guy was good in college … it’s over now.

  10. commonsensedude says: Sep 12, 2012 5:31 PM

    I’m surprised John Madden didn’t compare RGIII to a “Brett Farve who doesn’t throw interceptions.”

  11. dkuether017 says: Sep 12, 2012 5:32 PM

    adding the quote “The Tim Tebow that can…” is never a good thing..

  12. brintfatre says: Sep 12, 2012 5:32 PM

    When Cam Newtom reads this he’s going to pout!

  13. johnwisniewski says: Sep 12, 2012 5:33 PM

    Madden is always stating the obvious.

  14. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 12, 2012 5:33 PM

    This sad skins fan is sad no more. Get ready nfl these arent gonna be the same ol skins

  15. philly2boston says: Sep 12, 2012 5:34 PM

    He looked like a guy that wasn’t respected. Now he will be. The Baylor playbook is gonna be shutdown. We’ll see how he reacts because adjustment is what the best can handle. I am officially worried that the skins finally made a great draft decision. The Saint’s D is also suspect at this time. The answers are comin. We all shall see what they produce.

  16. cwhat32 says: Sep 12, 2012 5:34 PM

    “I said RGIII’s the best player in the NFL today.”

    Insane thing to say after 1 game, let along an entire season.

  17. annoyingknowitall says: Sep 12, 2012 5:34 PM

    John Madden: Robert Griffin III is “a Tim Tebow that can pass”

    AnnoyingKnowItAll: John Madden is “an idiot that can talk”

    I’ll be here all week, try the veal!

  18. peppel25 says: Sep 12, 2012 5:35 PM

    um tebow has thrown great in one game too moron. one game doesn’t mean anything. he looked good but you can’t go by one game

  19. jimmyhaffa says: Sep 12, 2012 5:37 PM

    He looks like a young Michael Vick with his head on straight. A Tebow who can throw? See Cam Newton.

  20. dangeralert says: Sep 12, 2012 5:37 PM

    Tebow + Favre = RGIII

  21. bh83 says: Sep 12, 2012 5:39 PM

    This is ridiculous, why do people have to use Tim Tebow in every comparison? Does Tim Tebow have world class speed? No. Was he a world class hurdler? No. Can he run and cut like RG3? No. Tim Tebow just barrels through people with decent speed, he doesn’t outrun safeties and db’s.

    And secondly can we pump the brakes on RG3 after one game. Michael Bishop looked real good for a few weeks once.

  22. kingcarlbanks says: Sep 12, 2012 5:42 PM

    i reserve judgment until week 17 of his second year, but for now i was impressed.

  23. FeedtheOldtotheYoung says: Sep 12, 2012 5:44 PM

    That’s a horrible analogy, even for an old buzzard who’s probably half deaf and blind.

    Tim Tebow is a fullback who takes snaps out of the shotgun, and is asked to throw passes.

    Robert Griffin III is a true pocket passer QB who also happens to be a gifted athlete.

    RGIII is closer to Michael Vick as an runner, though Vick had both better acceleration and top speed in his prime, and arm-wise is closer to Jay Culter.

  24. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 12, 2012 5:49 PM

    Now that RGIII is in DC, it’s like The Redskins are playing are playing a video game and the rest of the NFL is on Easy mode. We are unbeatable.

  25. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Sep 12, 2012 5:59 PM

    Except that their running styles are nothing alike at all. If anything he’s Mike Vick with more accuracy and intelligence.

  26. Giantspunk213 says: Sep 12, 2012 6:01 PM

    I’m not too sure about throwing out comparisons one game into a guy’s pro career but i will say he’s made me wanna watch redskins games.

  27. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Sep 12, 2012 6:04 PM

    “but he reminded me of a Tim Tebow that can pass,” which is to say that he isn’t reminiscent of Tim Tebow whatsoever.

    That’s like saying “he reminds me of a Dane Cook that is funny.”

  28. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 12, 2012 6:04 PM

    Woooow never seen a QB anointed a legend and great after ONE game against a lousy Saints D

  29. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 12, 2012 6:14 PM

    So lemme get this straight. All the haterd before the game said the saints wld tear the skins a new one. Now they beat the saints and haters are saying rg3 was up against a bad defense and so on. Which one is it? just keep hating while all the skins fans enjoy the wins

  30. natelan69 says: Sep 12, 2012 6:14 PM

    A Peyton Manning who can run?

  31. broncosnative says: Sep 12, 2012 6:16 PM

    realnflmaster says: Sep 12, 2012 5:23 PM

    Let him play more than one game……Seriously.

    Its funny because every game tebow played, everybody was convinced that he can be the next Steve young or they kept comparing his stats to Elway’s through the first 8 or so starts. RG3 first game proved that he can play in the big league and that he can hang with the elite QBs score for score, something that tebow can’t do.

    peppel25 says: Sep 12, 2012 5:35 PM

    um tebow has thrown great in one game too moron. one game doesn’t mean anything. he looked good but you can’t go by one game

    The best game of tebows career was the last game he won as a bronco, if RG3 keep his poised and confidence up, this will be a good rookie season for him. Week 7 against the steelers will be the game to watch how he can handle a better defense. Looking at their schedule, it’s fairly easy defenses they’ll be facing excluding the ravens and steelers.

  32. defscottyb says: Sep 12, 2012 6:18 PM

    I knew RG3 was talented but I was pleasantly surprised how well he played. The Redskins are a team to be reckoned with. They should roll all over the rams but hope no letdown next sun. Hail!

  33. nfloracle says: Sep 12, 2012 6:22 PM

    The pundits were saying this about Cam Newton this time last year, and, man, did he stink up the joint with his play (if you can call two stupid throws that resulted in major interceptions “play”) on Sunday.

  34. kev86 says: Sep 12, 2012 6:35 PM

    I say Luck wins a SB before RG3

  35. skinsfan91 says: Sep 12, 2012 6:39 PM

    peytonsneck18 says:
    Sep 12, 2012 6:04 PM
    Woooow never seen a QB anointed a legend and great after ONE game against a lousy Saints D
    ____________________________________
    But you had no problem anointing him a bust a before he played any game? RGIII is a skill-set unlike any seen before in the NFL. He’s a word class track athlete that can pocket pass like Peyton Manning eventually. Yeah, he’s that good.

  36. nghtrder169 says: Sep 12, 2012 6:45 PM

    Did everyone forget a record setting rookie QB in Carolina named Cam Newton

  37. hatesycophants says: Sep 12, 2012 7:03 PM

    Nfloracle had to wait an entire pro season to be right about how much Newton “stinks”. Well done, sir!

  38. giantsfanlewis says: Sep 12, 2012 7:12 PM

    People do forget that every qb does good against the saints. They play like the packets and pats, you can put up yards and even some points but they put up more. I’m a giants fan and I know this

  39. giantsfanlewis says: Sep 12, 2012 7:15 PM

    And Let’s not forget that the saints are not just without a coach but even the intern coach is suspended. That’s still rough

  40. dlr4skins says: Sep 12, 2012 7:27 PM

    Madden also stated he intended to watch
    Luck play ASAP…….well just as soon as Luck faces RGIII.

  41. raideralex99 says: Sep 12, 2012 7:52 PM

    What is everyone going to say when RG3 loses to the Rams this Sunday.

  42. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 12, 2012 7:55 PM

    Don’t get Madden’s comparison. RGIII can run the ball 70 yards for a TD before Tebow can get his jock strap on.

  43. musicman495 says: Sep 12, 2012 8:02 PM

    giantsfanlewis says: Sep 12, 2012 7:12 PM

    People do forget that every qb does good against the saints. They play like the packets and pats, you can put up yards and even some points but they put up more. I’m a giants fan and I know this
    ————————————————
    Yeah, every QB does good against the Saints – except of course Eli Manning, who has about 20 points and 20 INT’s in his last three games against them.

  44. ghjjf says: Sep 12, 2012 8:10 PM

    Even Madden acknowledges Tebow’s greatness.

    Slantchez better watch his back….

  45. radrntn says: Sep 12, 2012 8:18 PM

    madden has a way to articulate things in a way that everybody knows exactly what he means.

  46. awdlmd says: Sep 12, 2012 8:22 PM

    He’s also faster, quicker and smarter than Tebow.

  47. cheers4ablumpkin says: Sep 12, 2012 8:34 PM

    Tebow would mess RG3 up. Rg is too small. If tebow would change the way he throws he would be the one of the best

  48. duncanthecat says: Sep 12, 2012 9:49 PM

    The slants and hooks were wide open because the LB’s had to respect the run and his ability to scramble.

    Sure he will have his bad games and throw his share of interceptions–who won’t? But this guy is the real deal.

    I have watched football for 40 years and have never seen a rookie QB enter his first game and dictate to a defense as he did this past Sunday.

    Great trade for The Redskins. He is fun to watch!

  49. rastaraider says: Sep 12, 2012 10:14 PM

    Don’t ever put him in that conversation Tim Tebow will not succeed in The NFL quit trying to put him in headlines he sucks get over him …. Has bin
    Weak arm u got to throw in this league not just. Run? Stupid

  50. lowtalker says: Sep 13, 2012 12:20 AM

    RG3 is not like Tebow . . . .he does not draw attention to himself unnecesssarily .. . he does, however do it through his play . . . .

  51. raiderdan69 says: Sep 13, 2012 12:24 AM

    He looked very good I’m not going to deny that but best player in the nfl today?…..no just no

  52. dikshuttle says: Sep 13, 2012 8:10 AM

    Um – aren’t the Redskins 7-1 in the Superdome? it’s like a homefield away from home.

  53. dan46778 says: Sep 13, 2012 5:04 PM

    This is coming from the man that said the patriots should play for overtime against the rams in the super bowl… How did that turn out for the patriots? O wait they won it with a field goal

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