Statistics underscore Griffin’s preseason struggles

September 1, 2014

Robert Griffin III had a quarterback rating of 46.0 in the preseason. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

It’s no secret that Washington’s third-year quarterback Robert Griffin III struggled in adapting to the role of pocket-passer during the preseason. The hesitation was evident in the way he held onto the ball a tick too long, resulting in four sacks in his limited outings in three games, and took off running more than once before identifying an open receiver.

Griffin has said the preseason was a learning experience for himself and the first-team offense. And he has voiced confidence that the unit will be ready for the Sept. 7 regular-season opener at Houston.

Based on NFL statistics, here’s a look at how Griffin’s performance, and those of the Redskins’ backup quarterbacks, fared in relation to their NFC peers this preseason:

Fittingly, Super Bowl champion Seattle’s Russell Wilson was the NFC’s leading passer, completing 33 of 42 passes for 437 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. That equated to an NFC-best 133.8 rating.

Colt McCoy, Washington’s third-string quarterback, finished seventh in the NFC standings with a 111.6 rating. Backup Kirk Cousins (101.6) was 14th.

Griffin’s 46.0 rating ranked 54th among the 58 NFC quarterbacks who took preseason snaps.

Here’s a closer look at the performance of Washington’s quarterbacks through the preseason.

QB          ATT   COMP    YDS   COMP%   TD  INT  SACK  RATING

McCoy     44      32          496     72.7           4      3        2        111.6

Cousins    54      35          370     64.8          4      1        1        101.6

Griffin      20      13           141     65.0          0      2       4          46.0

 

Liz Clarke currently covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post, she has also covered five Olympic Games, two World Cups and written extensively about college sports, tennis and auto racing.
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