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Kurt Warner: RG3, Tannehill both outplaying Luck

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Five rookie quarterbacks started in Week One this season. It’s Week Three, and all three are still in their respective starting lineups. None of them have been benched yet.

That’s not bad. But who’s been the best?

NFL Network’s Kurt Warner stated on GameDay Morning Sunday that he believes Robert Griffin III of the Redskins has been head-and-shoulders above the field.

“I think we all know RG3 has come out of the blocks faster than anybody,” Warner said.

Perhaps more interestingly, Warner believes Dolphins rookie Ryan Tannehill has been outplaying No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck through two games.

“I know Andrew Luck was the No. 1 pick overall, but I’ve been most impressed by Ryan Tannehill,” said Warner. “From a consistency standpoint, I believe [Tannehill] has done the best job outside of RG3. May not have the ‘wow’ factor that Andrew Luck and maybe Russell Wilson have had, but he’s been the most consistent. And outside of a couple tipped passes that were intercepted, I think he’s done a really good job for Miami.”

It’s also worth noting that Tannehill has dealt with inferior supporting casts to both Griffin and Luck. So far, at least, it looks like the Dolphins have a keeper at quarterback.

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69 Responses to “Kurt Warner: RG3, Tannehill both outplaying Luck”
  1. runtheball says: Sep 23, 2012 10:00 AM

    Luck will still be the best of the bunch. Like they did with Manning, the Colts are making Luck do it all from day 1. No cut down playbook, no 1 read plays. Manning set the interception record as a rookie, but I think he turned out OK.

  2. enochmh2 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:01 AM

    You mean perhaps it was unwise to crown luck before he even played an nfl game?

  3. bragerber says: Sep 23, 2012 10:01 AM

    Seriously?? Andrew Luck has quite possibly the WORST O-LINE in the league. Watch the games Kurt! Plus, Colts running game is completely terrible – averaging like 2.8 yards a carry….Redskins and Dolphins have much better running games and supporting casts. Warner is an idiot.

  4. musicman495 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:02 AM

    None of them HAS been benched yet.

  5. truthfactory says: Sep 23, 2012 10:03 AM

    The Colts were 2-14 for a reason last year. Give all these guys time and let their teams develop before deciding “who’s outplaying who”. 80% of Lucks passes are thrown while running for his life and his RB gets tackled in the backfield on about 50% of their runs. Apple vs orange here…

  6. franky5fingers says: Sep 23, 2012 10:05 AM

    I dont know about outplaying Luck because I havent watched him that much yet, but Warner is spot on about Tannehill. Outside of those back to back tipped passes, he has played very well and makes the hard throws ( 10/15 yard outs, particularly) pretty consistantly. Lamar Miller is looking good also. Its still early, but the sun may finally be rising over South Florida.

  7. dylanssongwriter says: Sep 23, 2012 10:06 AM

    i’m guessing warner will be suing the nfl in a few years. and luck has a better supporting cast than tannehill?? have u seen the colts offensive line?
    and lets stop over hyping griffin…the king of the screen pass. here is a little secret..he wasnt even the best qb on the field last sunday…sam bradford was.

  8. bragerber says: Sep 23, 2012 10:08 AM

    Btw – I believe Luck already has a fourth quarter game winning drive under his belt – 30 seconds from his own 20…he is special idiots. I’m not saying RG3 hasn’t looked better through 2 games (ha)…but come on, you can’t be serious about Tannehill.

  9. Patriot42 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:08 AM

    There have been only two games played so far this season so I think I will wait until a few more games are played before I would crown anyone as the new HOF QB.

  10. beretta96d says: Sep 23, 2012 10:09 AM

    runtheball says:Sep 23, 2012 10:00 AM

    Luck will still be the best of the bunch. Like they did with Manning, the Colts are making Luck do it all from day 1. No cut down playbook, no 1 read plays. Manning set the interception record as a rookie, but I think he turned out OK.

    Like “they” did with manning? Who’s they? Other then the drunk owner, who’s left from Manning’s days there? Even the building is different. Manning became who is because of his skill set. Definitely not because of who was around him. I’m in no way a Manning fan, but give credit where it’s due. The Colts were riding his coat tails and still are. Luck may become a good quarterback, but to think he’ll be their next savior because of location is absurd!

  11. dc1to1 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:10 AM

    @runtheball
    So Luck is running the full complement of the Colts playbook? ….Riiiiiiiiight :/

  12. somekat says: Sep 23, 2012 10:11 AM

    Why wouldn’t he be playing worse? They had by far the worse team out of the rookie QB’s. They finished 1-15 for gods sake, and their only addition was Luck (unless they signed some major free agent that’s been kept a secret). The only decent o-lineman they had left via FA.

  13. wtfchiefs says: Sep 23, 2012 10:11 AM

    ….It’s only been two weeks! Football commentary is so overreactionary and quick to judge it’s extremely irritating sometimes.

  14. clw1906 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:12 AM

    runtheball says:
    Sep 23, 2012 10:00 AM
    Luck will still be the best of the bunch. Like they did with Manning, the Colts are making Luck do it all from day 1. No cut down playbook, no 1 read plays. Manning set the interception record as a rookie, but I think he turned out OK.

    So why do you think the other QBs don’t have the same from day 1? Smh Please bestow your insider knowledge on us.

  15. greyhawk9 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:13 AM

    rg3
    russell
    luck
    tannehill
    weeden
    i think kurt needs to consider the defenses these qbs have faced.

  16. bucrightoff says: Sep 23, 2012 10:14 AM

    Brandon Weeden, who looked like the worst QB of all-time in week one, has the best statline for a single game of any of the rookies with his week 2 performance (26-37, 320 2TDs). So does that make him the best QB in the class?

    Nope, its week freaking three of these guys careers. Everyone seemed ready to put Cam Newton in the HOF coming into this season….hows that working out for them?

  17. igotgamenj says: Sep 23, 2012 10:16 AM

    It only took 12 years but it finally looks like the Dolphins have a franchise QB.

  18. kb1953 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:16 AM

    QB’s who win Super Bowls consistantly have the most game-winning drives, Luck already has one in only two career starts! Suck it Warner.

  19. ranadicus says: Sep 23, 2012 10:16 AM

    I think I’ll give it more than two games before I start making judgements. That having been said, did PFT just post something positive about about Miami?

  20. mrw423 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:20 AM

    How can Tannehil be the more consistent? His first game was 0 TDs and 3 INTs and his second game was 1 TD and 0 INTs.

    Also, how has Luck had a better supporting cast than the Tannehil? The Colts had the number 1 pick which means they were the inferior supporting cast.

    Besides, all these QBs have also played a total of TWO games. Why are people trying to evaluate so early?

  21. cmcjab says: Sep 23, 2012 10:22 AM

    I would advise Kurt to check the stats before commenting. Tannehill has been consistently mediocre. QBR of 24.3 and rating of 62.6. Luck QBR 81.9 and a rating of 75.2. Luck has nowhere near the running game the dolphins do so teams are playing the pass. Luck also took the colts down the field with 30 secs left to set up a game winning field goal. Sorry Kurt but you’re wrong on this one!

  22. Punk says: Sep 23, 2012 10:23 AM

    I’d like to know where Luck has failed. In what portion of his first two games has he not exceeded expectations even though those expectations were lofty?

  23. andylucksneck says: Sep 23, 2012 10:27 AM

    What Warner is saying is that Luck will never cut it, and RG3 will be one of the greats!!!

    HTTR!!!!!

  24. nflfollower says: Sep 23, 2012 10:28 AM

    Five started the season as starters, and all three are still starting huh? That math is too complicated for me.

  25. detroit20iron says: Sep 23, 2012 10:29 AM

    @enoch touché’

  26. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Sep 23, 2012 10:29 AM

    it’s also unwise to crown rg3 or any of these kids after 3 games. but every bozo on this site is doing it anyway

  27. buddybowl69 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:31 AM

    Five rookie quarterbacks started in Week One this season. It’s Week Three, and all ‘THREE’ are still in their respective starting lineups. None of them have been benched yet.
    =================================

    Really? Can’t find anybody to proof read these stories?

  28. frankdatank23 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:31 AM

    Tannehill really does look sharp……… but remember he came in along with his college Coach who brought the offense. So he’s had a head start like no other rookie QB before him. Those three tipped passes are certainly killing his numbers tho.

  29. eyeh8goodell says: Sep 23, 2012 10:32 AM

    I like Warner alot and all, but I don’t think Tannehill has been better than luck. And he also was not dealt a worse hand than Luck, who’s team was absolutely gutted over the offseason. Luck didn’t have Reggie Bush rushing for 170+ yards last week.

  30. bennyb82 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:33 AM

    I wouldnt say Tannehil has much less of a supporting cast. Reggie Bush probably opens up things that Donald Brown does not. And outside of Reggie Wayne, the receivers on the colts have the same name recognition as the Dolphins.

  31. NoWearMan says: Sep 23, 2012 10:33 AM

    ‘Five rookie quarterbacks started in Week One this season. It’s Week Three, and all three are still in their respective starting lineups.”

    Proofreading is your friend, Silva. Give it a shot sometime.

    And I don’t know, Weeds looked pretty good last week (300+, 2TD, 0 INT), but since he plays in Cleveland, he must not be worth mentioning.

  32. jagsfanugh says: Sep 23, 2012 10:38 AM

    In other news Gabbert is terrible.

  33. onbucky96 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:38 AM

    Kurt, have you watched tape of Dolphins? Or the Colts? Check Kurt for another concussion, he’s talking stupid, again.

  34. turtlehut says: Sep 23, 2012 10:39 AM

    And those who remember their history way back to 1998 remember that after two games Ryan Leaf had 2 wins, Peyton Manning had zero wins and the Colts were being called idiots for drafting Peyton as number one instead of the clearly superior quarterback.

  35. bluebongzilla says: Sep 23, 2012 10:39 AM

    Ryan Leaf outperformed Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner after two games.

  36. andylucksneck says: Sep 23, 2012 10:41 AM

    @somekat
    The colts went 2-14 not 1-15.

  37. guthyrenks says: Sep 23, 2012 10:45 AM

    It makes me laugh how all these Colt fans are getting all bent out of shape just cause of what Warner said. Who really cares what he said hahahahaha

  38. squeakywheeler says: Sep 23, 2012 10:46 AM

    No matter what – there hasn’t been anything over the top from any of these guys (individually or teams overall) after only 2 weeks. Com’ on Man! A non story IMO for a least a few more weeks…

  39. EJ says: Sep 23, 2012 10:49 AM

    RGIII is the new and improved version of Micheal Vick. Griffin has a stronger arm, better accuracy, more knowledge about the game and the same set of wheels Vick has. Just like Vick, teams will eventually find out how to slow down and stop Griffin.

    Ryan Tannehill is no Dan Marino, but he is Miami’s next Franchise QB. With time Tannehill will get better and better. I still think Miami drafted him way too early.

    Andrew Luck is exactly what he was advertised as, A confident QB with pretty good arm strength and good accuracy, can run if needed, smart with the ball, but will also make his mistakes. By the end of the year we will see Andrew Luck, the Colts Franchise Quarterback.

  40. jetsareajoke says: Sep 23, 2012 10:51 AM

    Gotta agree with Warner if you believe Tanny had the worst bunch of WRs of the group (which is all I heard preseason).

    And he also has several rushing yards and a rushing TD on his resume.

  41. miamatt says: Sep 23, 2012 10:53 AM

    I haven’t seen every play from Luck’s games, so I won’t comment on him like I really know. And nobody should mistake what is being seen now as necessarily a predictor on the final outcomes.

    But there is no doubt Tanehill has been solid thus far, poised, and he has shown an ability to adjust and improve from 1st half to 2nd half.

    Luck’s offense is lacking, to be sure, but then Tanehill doesn’t have anybody like future hall of famer Reggie Wayne to throw to, nor hotshot rookies like Dwayne Allen or TY Hilton. Still too early to tell, but it doesn’t seem like much of a stretch to suggest that through TWO GAMES, Tanehill has played better than Luck. Calm down, Colts fans, it’s really a pretty inoccuous statement if you think about it.

  42. ncsteeler says: Sep 23, 2012 10:54 AM

    Kurt, Kurt, Kurt;

    You’re old enough to remember the last rookie (also #1 pick) the Colts started at QB. After two games, he was 0-2 while the 2nd QB (remember him? Old Ryan) was 2-0 and the fans and much of the chattering class were saying the Colts picked the wrong guy. How’d that work out?

  43. warhawk137 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:57 AM

    beretta96d says: Sep 23, 2012 10:09 AM

    Like “they” did with manning? Who’s they? Other then the drunk owner, who’s left from Manning’s days there? Even the building is different. Manning became who is because of his skill set. Definitely not because of who was around him.

    —————————————–

    I can think of one from Manning’s days – Bruce Arians, who was Mannings QB coach his first 3 seasons in the league, and is now the offensive coordinator. And Luck’s current QB coach, Clyde Christensen, has been with the Colts since 2001, as WR coach, assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, and now QB coach.

  44. jimcaldwellsucks says: Sep 23, 2012 11:04 AM

    QBR sucks…. you might as well pull names out of a hat to rank them because it does not pass the eye ball test… It had Prince Andrew as the best QB on the field last Sunday, he wasn’t even the best QB on the field during his game. Ponder out played him against a better defense. So there is no way he was the best QB in the NFL in week 2.

    RG3 is/was/will be the best of this group. Luck, Tannehill and the others are playing for 2nd place.

  45. Punk says: Sep 23, 2012 11:07 AM

    “Even the building is different. ”

    Dude. Seriously, you look like a fool.

  46. jimcaldwellsucks says: Sep 23, 2012 11:07 AM

    warkhawk,

    Yeah Arians was there but not in the same capacity and they aren’t running the same playbook, Tom Moore didn’t have the ego that Bruce Arians, and a fat man with a popped collar is a bit of a joke.

    Clyde Christensen should have been fired before Caldwell and Coyer, because he was the fool that was trying to run the Manning playbook with Collins(2 weeks worth of prep-time), and with Painter(shouldn’t have made the team ever). As soon as Manning went under the knife the 2nd time, the Manning offense should have gone on the shelf, and the Colts should have run a more generic offense and built on it each week and put Collins or even the worthless Painter in a better position to be successful .

    Clyde Christensen is a freaking joke.

  47. djteknision1200 says: Sep 23, 2012 11:09 AM

    I don’t know how any of these Quaterbacks will pan out in the next 5 years, but I will take the opinion from a Super bowl winning/NFL MVP/Hall of Fame (pending) Quaterback over any of these keyboard analyst.

  48. sidelineshot says: Sep 23, 2012 11:18 AM

    Forgive all of the “instant gratification” supposed sports writers.

    Using the 1st pick on Andrew Luck was THE right thing to do. Period. This guy has the brains, disposition, and staying power to be one of the best.

  49. kingpel says: Sep 23, 2012 11:19 AM

    Andrew Luck doesnt need the media fawning all over him. He’s gonna be fine and everyone knows it.

    RGIII is going to get all the public love from the guys who secretly trash “running” QBs in private. They almost go out of their way to be positive about the kid. I hope for his sake it works out because we all know they will turn on him like dogs should things go bad.

  50. wjmoffatt says: Sep 23, 2012 11:19 AM

    Is he serious? LMFAO. Kurt in my eyes completely lost all his credibility as an analyst. Tannehill just played the worst defense in the league, has Reggie Bush who’s top 5 in rushing, still stats aren’t better. Weeden, just played the 30th ranked pass D this year, threw 4 INTs in week 1, and is 0-2. RG3 has played the Saints and Rams, neither defense is scarring anyone, and still has the same stats as Luck passing wise and same amount of wins! WOW Kurt, great analyses buddy.

  51. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Sep 23, 2012 11:20 AM

    The more I hear out of Kurt Warner, the less highly I regard his “insights.”

    Griffin, currently is performing at a higher level than Luck.

    Tannehill? No way.

    Kurt was a great player who had his moments, and I think he deserves enshrinement in Canton for his accomplishments. But as for his football breakdowns, not so much.

  52. wjmoffatt says: Sep 23, 2012 11:21 AM

    miamatt says: Sep 23, 2012 10:53 AM

    I haven’t seen every play from Luck’s games, so I won’t comment on him like I really know. And nobody should mistake what is being seen now as necessarily a predictor on the final outcomes.

    But there is no doubt Tanehill has been solid thus far, poised, and he has shown an ability to adjust and improve from 1st half to 2nd half.

    Luck’s offense is lacking, to be sure, but then Tanehill doesn’t have anybody like future hall of famer Reggie Wayne to throw to, nor hotshot rookies like Dwayne Allen or TY Hilton. Still too early to tell, but it doesn’t seem like much of a stretch to suggest that through TWO GAMES, Tanehill has played better than Luck. Calm down, Colts fans, it’s really a pretty inoccuous statement if you think about it.

    ___________________________________

    Luck’s offense is lacking? So Tannehill’s isn’t, how did that Texans game work out for him! SMH

  53. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 23, 2012 11:21 AM

    Kirk Warner in my opinion is the WORST nfl analysis out there!!!

  54. FinFan68 says: Sep 23, 2012 11:23 AM

    Comparing these guys after 2 games is absurd. As for Tannehill, I have watched both games and been impressed. He is making good decisions, is mobile and has a decent arm. Some of his throws are a tad off (not leading receivers correctly) but he is accurate on the run. The kid has not seemed confused or flustered (we’ll see how that really is against the Jets today) and carries himself as the leader of this team. JJ Watts was reading him pretty well (tendency to stare down recievers like most young QBs) and swatted balls straight up in the air for 2 Texans picks. That stuff happens and I don’t blame the kid for all of it. Overall, the jury is still out (obviously need at least 1 full season) on Tannehill but I like what I have seen so far. I think the kid has a ton of potential and the Dolphins got this pick right even though many thought he was a reach.

  55. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 23, 2012 11:24 AM

    Warner took too many hits to the head, go back to bagging groceries now!! Yr times up!!!

  56. cadub49er says: Sep 23, 2012 11:33 AM

    I believe Kurt Warner is suffering from post-concussion syndrome. All this after two games and each team is 1-1. Go back to bagging groceries, Kurt.

  57. shoeflypie says: Sep 23, 2012 11:34 AM

    “Five rookie quarterbacks started in Week One this season. It’s Week Three, and all three are still in their respective starting lineups.”

    Figuring the remainder of the article would be as informative and accurate, I moved immediately to the comments.

  58. dirtybird28 says: Sep 23, 2012 11:38 AM

    Tannehill and RG3 have plenty better supporting casts, but it’s been two games each. Give it a little time and see how they react.

  59. japmen says: Sep 23, 2012 11:58 AM

    It’s still really early but to call Luck’s supporting cast worse than Miami’s is a huge laughable joke. Reggie Wayne is a massive difference from Legadu Naanee or even Hartline who was injured all offseason. Reggie Bush looks fantastic but you have Steven Jackson, pretty comparable. The entire WR group for Indy overall is better than Miami’s so I dont know what some people here are talking about.

    I think Luck will be fine, but he isnt playing with a bunch of nobodies. Pretty decent cast honestly.

  60. kennytarpon says: Sep 23, 2012 12:10 PM

    No one should even be having this discussion until at least around week 6 or 7.

    Even with that being said, I still think Tannehill deserves a little more credit, while on paper it might seem like he has a better supporting cast, he has been running for his life a few times – and it’s even expected that they’re going to incorporate some more roll-outs for him in today’s game. Tipped INT’s and lazy route running has also gone against him – I feel like most of the people hating on him didn’t even watch the games, they just read the stat sheet. Either way, anything can happen, each one of these QBs can throw 6 INTs today or even 6 TDs. That’s the beauty of football.

    Wait and see.

  61. jacobslatter says: Sep 23, 2012 12:16 PM

    This is all a pointless confab considering it is QB Matthew Thomas Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons who will shine brightest of all in the NFL the next 7 years. Take that to the bank and withdraw it. :P

  62. rhett16 says: Sep 23, 2012 12:20 PM

    “2 decent games is more than enough evidence that a quarterback is going to be something special!”

    -Kevin Kolb

  63. runtheball says: Sep 23, 2012 12:55 PM

    clw1906 says:
    Sep 23, 2012 10:12 AM

    So why do you think the other QBs don’t have the same from day 1? Smh Please bestow your insider knowledge on us.

    It has been written about and discussed time and time again. That’s why a guy like Vince Young can put up reasonable stats as a rookie and then be a little used back up and out of the league in 6 years.

    Most coaches egos are too big to let a guy fail and learn they would rather try to minimize their mistakes and hopefully have a chance to win. Irsay knows they have no chance, that is why he brought Arians back and hired a defensive head coach. He is gambling that Manning only has 2-3 seasons left and that they can build a more balanced team on both sides of the ball.

    Teams are always scaling back the playbook for rookie QBs. The steelers did it with Roethlisberger his rookie year, the Ravens did it with Flacco, the Jets are still doing it with Sanchez.

  64. bigbluenationdb says: Sep 23, 2012 1:03 PM

    Warner is an idoit and one of the worse when it comes to breaking down QB play. I remember him saying Eli wasn’t in the top 5 of QBs playing today after he won his second Super Bowl.

    Let the season play out then see who is the best.

  65. voiceofcommonsensesays says: Sep 23, 2012 1:11 PM

    keep the Luck hate coming, 10 years from now we’ll all be saying remember when a bunch of Idiots thought RG3 was better than Luck? And Remember when Kurt Warner thought whoever that guy Miami drafted that year was better too? Haha people in 2012 were dumb!

  66. mazblast says: Sep 23, 2012 1:18 PM

    It’s been all of two games. Warner and everyone else should wait at least three before deciding which QB is a bust and which a team savior. Three games, yeah, that’s enough to evaluate a career.

  67. fanz928 says: Sep 23, 2012 2:19 PM

    Worst o l? Have u seen the rams

  68. wingsrule12 says: Sep 23, 2012 4:49 PM

    I think Warner is drinking from Sapp’s cup and feels the need to say the first thing that pops into his multi concussed brain. Too bad for the NFL Network

  69. davidcl77 says: Sep 23, 2012 9:34 PM

    What’s it with these old guys running their mouths?!?

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