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Antrel Rolle: RG3 a “different” QB than Vick

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There was once a time when being compared to Michael Vick would have been a good thing for Robert Griffin III.

But that time is not this year, which has opponents on notice.

Giants safety Antrel Rolle emphasized that the Redskins rookie was a “different” player than Vick, and in the current context, that means better.

While Vick keeps turning it over left and right for the Eagles, Griffin leads the league in completion percentage, is third in passer rating and has six rushing touchdowns.

“I haven’t watched too much film on RG3 yet. I’ve just seen highlights and this, that and the other,” Rolle on WFAN, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “But, of course, they’re different. They’re two totally different quarterbacks and I think that their game as far as their offensive approach is extremely different. RGIII, as you know, he can run the ball. I think he runs the ball a lot more than Michael Vick. I mean, he’s a fast guy.

“He has a very, very strong arm and I think he’s an all-around quarterback and he’s going to get better with time.”

The one similarity that will remain (until it doesn’t) is durability.

Griffin responded well last week after missing a game with a concussion, and it’ll be interesting to see if he begins to protect himself over the years, a lesson Vick really hasn’t learned.

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38 Responses to “Antrel Rolle: RG3 a “different” QB than Vick”
  1. kevinwi says: Oct 17, 2012 7:54 AM

    Compare him to Vick when he was in ATL. Going to get himself killed.

  2. iceburgskin202 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:00 AM

    I am looking forward to the matchup with the Gmen. This is a great test for any young QB given the way they get after you.

  3. cometkazie says: Oct 17, 2012 8:03 AM

    I hope, for RGIII’s sake, he’s different than Vick.

  4. deangelo23hall says: Oct 17, 2012 8:05 AM

    I see Antrel is taking the humbled approach this week when talking about the Skins.

    I guess he didn’t like the taste of crow last year…

  5. bechillin says: Oct 17, 2012 8:34 AM

    its unbelievable how good this kid can be. his mechanics, footwork, accuracy and physical abilities could make him one of the best to ever enter the league

  6. cheddarrob says: Oct 17, 2012 8:38 AM

    They are fast, black, and play QB for NFC East teams that’s about as far as the comparison goes. Vick couldn’t throw the ball to save his life when he arrived in the league. RGIII is a smart QB, Vick is just out there trying to make plays with his athleticism.

  7. tombradyswig says: Oct 17, 2012 8:43 AM

    yeah, Grif is SMART! Something ConVick can never say! And he actually cares!!
    Vick sucks at this point!

  8. tmac4454 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:43 AM

    All I have to say is (complete package). This guy is an intelligent individual. He was welcomed to the NFL by the Atlanta Falcons. He came back the following week and showed that he is not scared. I wish him well and I hope that the staff on the Redskins can provide this guy a team that plays well on both sides of the ball. If so, he would get to the mountain top.

  9. freebird2011 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:53 AM

    RGIII was a pure passer in college and has continued that fantastic accuracy in the pros.

    Comparing RGIII to Michael Vick passing-wise is like comparing the Mona Lisa to a fingerpainting.

  10. bigbluenationdb says: Oct 17, 2012 8:55 AM

    He is alot more intelligent then Vick. I think that is what Rolle is trying to say.

  11. KL0313 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:58 AM

    RG3 > Vick

  12. thepvyharvin says: Oct 17, 2012 8:59 AM

    As soon as the Skins cute little Georgia Tech offense gets figured out and dies like the wildcat, RG will get killed if he doesn’t become a pocket passer

  13. newyorkgiants11 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:25 AM

    At deangelo23hall

    Crow tastes pretty good when its served in the Lombardy trophy.

  14. jwreck says: Oct 17, 2012 9:42 AM

    thepvyharvin says: Oct 17, 2012 8:59 AM

    As soon as the Skins cute little Georgia Tech offense gets figured out and dies like the wildcat, RG will get killed if he doesn’t become a pocket passer
    ______
    Quick, quick! Somebody call Perry Fewell! thepvyharvin needs to let him know that his defensive gameplan is totally wrong. Griffin isn’t a real quarterback at all, doesn’t Fewell know that!!? What an idiot!

    Seriously though, sour grapes much? For the record:, Griffin had two designed run/option/gadget plays in that game, the exact same number Percy Harvin had. The 76 yard touchdown was a broken passing play. It was 3rd and 2, there was a hole and he took off, Brady would have done the same, it’s called being a smart quarterback.

    And again, for the record, Montana and Young both ran the option their whole careers and I think they did OK for themselves.

  15. 10elite says: Oct 17, 2012 10:05 AM

    They’re different – but will both burn you if you let them get outside. I hope Osi watched a lot of tape of that Eagles game, and learned some serious lessons.

  16. purpleguy says: Oct 17, 2012 11:02 AM

    RGIII is a great talent, but that option style offense won’t work for him long term against NFL defenses — he’ll never last. He better develop a pocket passing game.

  17. firesnyder says: Oct 17, 2012 11:19 AM

    Funny thing is, we are only at Game 7… the kid continues to get better. This will be an AWESOME test to see how he deals with G-men’s upfront pressure.

    I’m thinking screens to Evan Royster and Alf as well as quick passes to Fred Davis might be in the mix given the heat Griff will likely feel.

    I’m looking forward to this one…. Skins D needs to continue to keep the WRs in front of them and not give up the big play. If they don’t, it could be a long day against Eli, Cruz, and company.

  18. iceburgskin202 says: Oct 17, 2012 11:54 AM

    He is leading the league in completion % and is 3rd in QB rating. He is a pocket passer with the ability to run, and has good film study habits. Vick is a strong armed inaccurate RB who never studied a defense until he got to Philly?!? No comparison.

  19. bigblue0711 says: Oct 17, 2012 12:21 PM

    No denying RGIII is a talented qb. But didn’t cam newton play on this type of offense last year? A whole off season for defenses to study his every tendency. RGIII rookie year won’t mean much, except to dead skin fans who are treating him as Christ.

    Lets see if he turns out like cam newton

  20. skinsfaninnebraska says: Oct 17, 2012 3:30 PM

    I guess it’s just gonna take a while before everyone gets the chance to see that RGIII is a talented, intelligent, and complete QB who just happens to have world-class footspeed.

  21. bluebagz says: Oct 17, 2012 4:02 PM

    I see Antrel is taking the humbled approach this week when talking about the Skins.

    I guess he didn’t like the taste of crow last year…

    If he didn’t like the taste he quickly forgot it when he tasted the Lombardi Trophy!!!!

  22. bluebagz says: Oct 17, 2012 4:14 PM

    I think that RG3 is more dangerous than Vick because he’s far more advanced in reading defenses.With that being said, the Gmen will frustrate the rookie with disguises and schemes that he has not seen on film.Should be a good game, but Gmen will continue to dominate IMO…..Go Blue!!!!!

    Gmen – 31

    Skins – 10

  23. richc111 says: Oct 17, 2012 4:17 PM

    Move over Cam Newton, we have a new greatest QB of the future. You had a nice run but its over. Time to look to the future.

  24. malleng says: Oct 17, 2012 4:46 PM

    Oh man! Is it time for the Skins fan’s superbowl already???

    One way Bob-o is like Vick and every other running hybrid QB… no staying power, he will be figured out and beat up beyond the line of scrimmage and he will be nothing in 2 years.

  25. shlort says: Oct 17, 2012 5:15 PM

    They are obviously different. Griffin can throw an accurate ball, read defenses and wont have a 1 to 1 turnover to TD ratio.

    Comparing Griffin to Vick is an insult to RGIII. Griffin is already better than Vick has ever been. Once Griffin loses some mobility with age, he can still beat teams with his arm.

  26. jwreck says: Oct 17, 2012 5:18 PM

    bigblue0711 says: Oct 17, 2012 12:21 PM
    No denying RGIII is a talented qb. But didn’t cam newton play on this type of offense last year? A whole off season for defenses to study his every tendency. RGIII rookie year won’t mean much, except to dead skin fans who are treating him as Christ.
    Lets see if he turns out like cam newton
    ______
    First of all, you mean Deadskins fans. “dead skin fans” would be limited to Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs and the CEO’s of dandruff fighting shampoo companies. “Dead Skins fans” include Marvin Gaye and… um… dang, I figured that would be a longer list… Does anyone know if Dave Chappelle is still alive?

    More importantly, the two offenses are not particularly similar. The Shanahans use a run heavy west coast, while Chudzinski is more predicated on the deep ball and power run, like Mike Tice in Chicago. And as we’ve seen, when the running and blocking disappear in Chicago, as they have in Carolina this year, Jay Cutler doesn’t do so hot.

    Additionally, Nothing against Cam, but Griffin is likely the better pure passer and a harder worker in the film room. Plus, he’s a more dynamic and versatile athlete: even after defense study his game tape, Griffin will be better able to pull new tricks out of the bag.

    On top of that, I don’t want to launch a whole coaching argument here, but the Shanahans’ system worked well enough to win Rex Grossman five games, so even if I’m wrong about everything I’ve said above, and Griffin is a worse passer, a less dynamic athlete, and slacks off in the film room, he will still be better than Rex Grossman at every aspect of quarterbacking and that should be good enough to put them in the playoff hunt every year.

  27. jwreck says: Oct 17, 2012 5:30 PM

    bluebagz says: Oct 17, 2012 4:14 PM

    I think that RG3 is more dangerous than Vick because he’s far more advanced in reading defenses.With that being said, the Gmen will frustrate the rookie with disguises and schemes that he has not seen on film.Should be a good game, but Gmen will continue to dominate IMO…..Go Blue!!!!!

    Gmen – 31

    Skins – 10
    _____
    How do you figure? With no disrespect to Minnesota, New York will be the most talented defense Washington has faced this year. And so, while predicting a Giants win is not unreasonable by any means, predicting a blowout like this is totally ludicrous. Let’s look at facts:
    Fact 1: Rex Grossman, Rex F. Grossman, dropped 20+ points on a healthier Giants defense twice last year: 28 in the first game, and 23 in the second. Rex F. Grossman.
    Fact 2: Robert Griffin has never put up less than 20 points in a game he’s finished.
    Fact 3: As talented as the Giants defense is, the Redskins are, by far, the best offense they’ve faced this year.

  28. jwreck says: Oct 17, 2012 5:32 PM

    Fact 4: The Redskins have not lost a game this year by more than a touchdown.

  29. dlr4skins says: Oct 17, 2012 5:33 PM

    You mean RG3 doesn’t have a dog fighting operation with canines being “disposed of”?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

  30. falstaffsmind says: Oct 17, 2012 9:26 PM

    I love RGIII, especially his accuracy throwing and his decision making, but if he keeps finishing his runs like that, he will have chronic concussion problems. Run when you have to and slide or find the sidelines.

  31. nathanbetz91 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:32 PM

    Different meaning he’s good, unlike Vick

  32. bkostela says: Oct 17, 2012 9:41 PM

    How do you figure? With no disrespect to Minnesota, New York will be the most talented defense Washington has faced this year. And so, while predicting a Giants win is not unreasonable by any means, predicting a blowout like this is totally ludicrous. Let’s look at facts:
    Fact 1: Rex Grossman, Rex F. Grossman, dropped 20+ points on a healthier Giants defense twice last year: 28 in the first game, and 23 in the second. Rex F. Grossman.
    Fact 2: Robert Griffin has never put up less than 20 points in a game he’s finished.
    Fact 3: As talented as the Giants defense is, the Redskins are, by far, the best offense they’ve faced this year.
    ____________________

    whoa, whoa, whoa…
    while i agree with your comment that predicting a blowout is ludicrous, i have a few issues with your point:
    1) last year was last year. the same “healthier giants defense” allowed 17 to the 49ers in the NFCCG but only allowed 3 to a “more dangerous” 49ers offense last week. irrelevant.
    2) keyword – finished. the giants are good at smacking around opposing qbs. bob will have to have his head on a swivel if he wants to play all 4 quarters, especially if he is running too many options against pierre-paul and tuck.
    3) i can’t argue with the redskins being a better offense than DAL, TB, CAR, PHI, CLE and SF, however the giants offense is the best the skins will have faced all year as well.

    but i digress, your initial point about the blowout prediction being off-base is correct. i expect a dogfight between these two long time NFC east rivals.

  33. mattw70 says: Oct 18, 2012 5:16 AM

    Funny that the haters are now comparing RG3 to Cam Newton.When in the preseason if someone did that they went crazy.

  34. bobgriffinforthewin says: Oct 18, 2012 8:59 AM

    I love how all the Giant fans are so quick to dismiss RG3 and his talents. The fact is his abilities will allow him to always run gadget type plays. You have to cover the entire field at all times or your done. Also I think Bob has earned his RG3 nickname, furthermore I can’t wait to see the interaction between Bob and Osi this week…Redskins 33 Giants 30. HTTR

  35. jwreck says: Oct 18, 2012 12:09 PM

    I love RGIII, especially his accuracy throwing and his decision making, but if he keeps finishing his runs like that, he will have chronic concussion problems. Run when you have to and slide or find the sidelines.
    __________
    Spoken like someone who hasn’t seen Griffin play since the hit in the Atlanta game. Since the concussion, the Third has had two runs that didn’t end out of bounds or in a slide. They both ended in the endzone. Granted it’s only been one week, but I think it’s safe to say that Griffin is a smart kid and he’s learned from the hit he took two weeks ago. More evidence to support Rolle’s claim that “Griffin is a different QB than Vick”.

  36. bluebagz says: Oct 18, 2012 3:24 PM

    jwreck says:
    Oct 17, 2012 5:30 PM
    bluebagz says: Oct 17, 2012 4:14 PM

    I think that RG3 is more dangerous than Vick because he’s far more advanced in reading defenses.With that being said, the Gmen will frustrate the rookie with disguises and schemes that he has not seen on film.Should be a good game, but Gmen will continue to dominate IMO…..Go Blue!!!!!

    Gmen – 31

    Skins – 10
    _____
    How do you figure? With no disrespect to Minnesota, New York will be the most talented defense Washington has faced this year. And so, while predicting a Giants win is not unreasonable by any means, predicting a blowout like this is totally ludicrous. Let’s look at facts:
    Fact 1: Rex Grossman, Rex F. Grossman, dropped 20+ points on a healthier Giants defense twice last year: 28 in the first game, and 23 in the second. Rex F. Grossman.
    Fact 2: Robert Griffin has never put up less than 20 points in a game he’s finished.
    Fact 3: As talented as the Giants defense is, the Redskins are, by far, the best offense they’ve faced this year.

    ——————
    I agree Redskins are probably the best offense we’ve faced yet(49ers fans would probably debate that), make no mistake this is not last years defense.We got killed last year by your tight ends because our linebackers were suspect.This year our linebackers are playing faster(Keith Rivers,Boley,Kiwi) than last year.Also keep this in mind,Antrel Rolle is not a slot corner this year and is playing lights out in his natural free safety position.Prince is clearly establishing that he is a solid corner as well.I meant no disrespect with the score,but if you look at your game last week,you guys should’ve been down at least 21-0 early on.This game will mirror the 9ers game.We will jump out on your horrible secondary early and force your offense to throw which RG3, sexy Rex, or anybody else you have will not be able to win that way.Go Blue!!!!!

  37. choppa2lis says: Oct 18, 2012 7:18 PM

    it is funny how exactly 1 year ago, EVERYBODY in the media was saying the exact same thing about how great cam newton is and will be, how he continued to grow as a qb last year, setting records left and right. carbon copy of all of the media’s words today about bob griffin. 1 year later, after teams figured cam newton out, the media hype surrounding him sure died off fast. what makes anybody think this wont happen to the extremely overhyped bob griffin a year from now?

  38. Chris El Father says: Oct 20, 2012 4:34 PM

    newyorkgiants11 says:
    Oct 17, 2012 9:25 AM
    At deangelo23hall

    Crow tastes pretty good when its served in the Lombardy trophy.

    @newyorkgiants11

    Come on man! At least spell Lombardi right!!!

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