Skins DB DeAngelo Hall: “I feel like he’s(RGIII) light years ahead of Michael Vick”BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Yesterday Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III were tossing complimentary roses to each other with their interview comments. Griffin was interviewed first and he talked about admiring Vick from afar, as a youngster.
“Vick was definitely a guy that, it was hard not to watch him,” Griffin said. “He was a lot of fun to watch out there playing, not just running the ball, but also throwing the ball. He’s paved the way for a lot of quarterbacks, like myself.”
Vick tossed back a bouquet of roses to the youngster while discussing how he paved the way for athletic quarterbacks.
“It means the way I’ve been able to play the game has trickled down to the younger generation,” Vick said. “I’m a fan of his just like he’s a fan of mine.”
“I was running the read-option before RG3 was running the read-option,” Vick said. “It’s a dimension that’s been added, and he’s taken it to a new level.”
Yes, Vick led the way with the read option because he’s ten years older than Griffin, but the younger quarterback has taken the idea of a double-threat quarterback to a new level because unlike Vick the last couple of years, Griffin makes big plays, but is always under control and stays away from turnovers. For the most part, Vick has played under control during this preseason, but we’re eager to see how he plays during the season.
Redskins veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who played with Vick in Atlanta and now plays with Griffin in Washington, compared the two quarterbacks.
“I feel like he’s light years ahead of Michael Vick because he understands mentally what it takes to be great. Mike felt like he could go out athletically and be great” he said to Brian Tinsman of Redskins.com.
“RGIII is like, ‘I know athletically I’m pretty good, but I want to be mentally great. If I can be mentally great and athletically good or great then it is scary.’
“His ability to want to be that great quarterback now and just a great athlete is what is going to separate him from all the other guys out there.”
In a way Vick has admitted that he had that type of mindset during his years in Atlanta, but now he appreciates the mental parts of the game much more than he did before.
Griffin, the young Heisman Trophy winner turned the ball over only seven times during the 15 games he started for the Skins in 2012. That’s averaging less than one turnover every two games. That’s the way you win in the NFL. Vick who in fairness didn’t have the running game to support him the way Griffin did a year ago and he was asked to throw the ball much more by Andy Reid, has been a turnover machine the last couple of years.
There’s no question that the veteran could pick up something from the way Griffin played a year ago. He performed with great discipline and under control, while making quick decisions and throwing the football accurately. The youngster is also planning on protecting himself by sliding and running out of bounds this season when necessary.
“It’s not something you want to harp on,” Griffin said. “But it has been something I’ve heard for the past eight months, about sliding and getting out of bounds. So that’s something I’m going to do. It’s just a part of playing football. You live and you learn.”
In all likelihood the quarterback that plays under control and stays away from turnovers will probably be playing for the winning team. We all hope it’s Michael Vick.
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