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


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.

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

  1. 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…

  2. 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

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. “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.”

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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

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

  22. 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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