It’s one thing for hundreds of fans sitting at home and in front of radio microphones to claim that they don’t think the Redskins did enough to protect Robert Griffin III during his rookie season. It’s another thing when a rival owner says that.
Well, Jim Irsay says that. Via Bob Kravitz:
If the Colts had…ended up with the second pick in the draft, would they have drafted Robert Griffin III and let Manning go? Irsay said yes. He would have drafted RGIII, he said, but put him in a less run-happy offense.
“I wouldn’t have exposed him to injury in the same way they have in Washington,” Irsay said. “My philosophy on quarterbacks is, first and foremost, you’ve got to keep them healthy and on the field.”
Well, that’s certainly a noble philosophy. It didn’t help 2011 Colts starter Kerry Collins, who ended the season on IR after suffering a concussion in Week 3. Neither did it help his predecessor, Peyton Manning, who — after years of health — missed that entire 2011 season due to a neck injury.
And while Andrew Luck managed to remain healthy throughout his entire rookie campaign, it wasn’t necessarily from a lack of contact. According to Advanced NFL Stats, Colts quarterbacks were hit 105 times in the 2012 regular season. That was the most in the NFL. The Colts, in fact, allowed 13 percent more QB hits than any other team, according to that site, which says that Washington quarterbacks were hit 77 times.
This is obviously a subjective category, and NFL.com has slightly different numbers. According to that site, the Colts were only second worst in the league, allowing 116 QB hits, while the Redskins were tied for 11th with 80.
So I say this as someone who believes the Redskins could have done more to protect Robert Griffin III, and with all due respect: maybe worry about your own team.