ESPN’s Gregg Easterbrook: RGIII Will Fail Due to the Weather (Durr?)

ESPN’s Gregg Easterbrook has doubts about RGIII’s ability to play on the East Coast

Some of the Most Asinine  Analysis I Have Ever Come Across – What would you say factors into a rookie quarterback’s success?

  • Coaching? – Yes
  • Fit in the Offensive Scheme? – Yehp
  • Being surrounded by playmakers? – Mhmm
  • Will to succeed? – Sure, why not toss that in there
  • Weather? – umm … wut?

I’ve never heard of a prospect being overlooked, downgraded, or criticized due to an assumed inability to handle the elements. That is, until I came across these little nuggets from ESPN’s resident glue-sniffer, Gregg Easterbrook:

“RGIII’s exciting style of play and infectious smile both are promising. But standing next to various people at Radio City Music Hall, he did not look particularly tall — hardly seeming 6-2 3/8ths, as this absurdly precise card says. The related reddish flag is that in photos, his hands look small compared to the ball. ESPN’s metrics says Griffin’s hands are smaller than those of Andrew Luck. And a quarterback’s hand size matters a lot in rain.

Griffin played his high school and college ball in Texas, where annual precipitation is less than that east of the Mississippi, and he became a football star during the period when much of Texas was suffering a multiyear drought. In his two starring seasons with Baylor, Griffin started 21 games in Texas, and five games in also-dry Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma. So far as I could determine, he has never played in the rain zones of the Northeast Corridor or Pacific Northwest.

Now Griffin heads to the Redskins, who each season host eight games in rainy Maryland plus have annual road dates in rainy Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Quarterbacks with small hands tend to fumble when it rains. RGIII has little experience with rain-game conditions, and there is a lot of rain in his future. “Nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands,” the poet warned. Sure, lack of rain experience is a super-specific concern. But Washington just invested three first-round draft choices in Griffin. Did the Redskins’ brain trust take this into account?”

Umm. Yeah … wow. And he was paid to write this? Really!? OK …

I’ll let DC Sports Blog’s Dan Steinberg handle the rebuttal on this:

“Well, using my computer machine, I tried to figure out if Griffin had ever played in the rain. Turns out his last-ever regular season game, against Texas just this past December, was played in the rain. A “rain-soaked day,” described it. And what happened?

On Saturday, in what may be the last home game of his college career, the Bears quarterback put on the kind of performance that could convince Heisman Trophy voters he’s best player in the country. Griffin ran for two touchdowns, passed for two more and led the Bears to a 48-24 win over Texas in a statement game on national television. He passed for 320 yards with touchdown strikes of 59 and 39 yards.”

I wonder if Mr. Easterbrook even bothered to do a minute of research before he put out that trash he passed off as “analysis”. What he did was beyond lazy and is an insult to those who put in actual work trying to forecast the future of these prospects.


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