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“It’s darn near an impossible task to open up and play the Saints in their place,” Madden said during his weekly appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “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. Now, I don’t know that I’m gonna live with that or back that up the rest of the season.”

At which point one of the hosts chimed in that RGIII was, in fact, the NFL’s best player on Sunday. Indeed, Griffin was the NFC’s offensive player of the week on Sunday, the first Redskins rookie to win that honor since Rod Gardner in 2001. He was also the first rookie quarterback to win that honor since the award was established in 1984.

“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, obviously. “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.

“If he fakes inside, you don’t want to collapse, because he may keep it and run outside,” Madden continued. “And when he runs outside, he may run or he may throw it. And then throughout all that stuff, he didn’t have any turnovers. He played a clean game. That was the thing. You know the rookie quarterback, they’re gonna show him a lot on defense, and I don’t know that they can [rattle] him. They’re gonna [try to] confuse him, they’re gonna go after him, they’re gonna force him to make turnovers. And he didn’t do that. And that was one of the most impressive parts of the game to me.”


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