Cowboys Backup Quarterback Wishlist: RGIII vs Johnny Football

We’re not even a week removed from the Dallas Cowboys horrible 4-12 season and yet the speculations and rumors about next season have already begun.

Today Yahoo Sports reported that Robert (RGIII) Griffin would like to become a member of the Dallas Cowboys next season if released from Washington.

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The former 2nd overall pick in the 2012 draft was once considered to have the potential as being one of the next elite quarterbacks in the NFL.

Here’s how Griffin’s career has gone so far:
  •  After being a superstar three-sport athlete in high school, Griffin took his talents to Baylor.
  • Griffin won many awards while at Baylor including the Heisman Trophy in 2011.
  • In 2012 Griffin was drafted by the Washington Footballers with the 2nd overall pick.
  • Griffin won Offensive Rookie Of The Year in 2012.
  • Griffin suffered a horrific injury to his knee late in the season tearing his LCL and ACL.
  • In 2013 Griffin didn’t have the same success as his rookie year and caught a lot of criticism from the media
  • In 2014 Jay Gruden was hired as the new head coach of the Washington team and there was a QB controversy in Washington between Griffin and Colt McCoy. But after McCoy was injured Griffin became the starter again and the team finished with a 4-12 record.
  • In 2015 Gruden seemed to make an example out of Griffin for undisclosed reasons and benched him for Kurt Cousins. Griffin went on to sit out the rest of the season.

Here we are now in 2016 and the Cowboys have a possibility of bringing in the once great RGIII.

But wait…

There’s another guy that the Cowboys are supposedly interested in. A guy with the same college achievements and similar hype.

Johnny Freaking Football! The legendary party machine Johnny Manziel has been linked to the Cowboys since draft day 2014 when Jerry Jones and co. decided to pass on him and select Zach Martin in the first round. It has seemed like the right move, as Martin has been a pro-bowl selection in his first two seasons but with the lack of depth at the quarterback position, some have criticized the Cowboys for not selecting Manziel.

Well now Jerry Jones may get a do-over and be able to sign Johnny Manziel if Cleveland releases him.

The biggest difference in Manziel and Griffin is that Griffin has proven that he can be productive at the next level, while Manziel has struggled more often than not. But could Manziel be better in another system?

Below I will lay out the arguments for both quarterbacks: 

Argument for RGIII: 
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Measurements: 6 ft. 2 in. – 222 lbs.

Numbers Don’t Lie:
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Experience: Griffin is clearly the more experienced of the two quarterbacks. As mentioned previously he was named Offensive Rookie of The Year in 2012 and was a starter for almost three seasons in the NFL. The only question mark on Griffin is if he can return to his 2012 form in which he had a 20 to 5 touchdown to interception ratio and a 102.4 passer rating.

Quick Scouting Report: Just using the eye-test and not breaking down any film on Griffin I can see the potential for greatness. He has all the tools needed to be a great NFL quarterback: strong arm, pocket presence, quick feet, quick release, and good awareness. There is a few easily fixable problems in his game though. He sometimes waits too long in the pocket before making a decision, leading him to get hit a lot more than he should. He also scrambles too often. I think this was him being a product of the system he was in, in Washington but Griffin is not a spread option quarterback and is capable of being a pro-style quarterback in the NFL. He has world-class speed but he doesn’t have the agility to make people miss. He would be better served in a normal offense and The Dallas system makes a lot of sense for his talent. As previously mentioned the only question mark on Griffin is; can he return to his previous form? He sat out all of 2015 so he should be refreshed but how rusty will he be?

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Argument for Manziel: 
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Measurements: 6 ft. 0 in. – 214 lbs.

Numbers Don’t Lie:
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  • NFL Stats – Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 7.45.49 PM

Experience: Manziel doesn’t have much value in this department. He has been the backup quarterback for both of his years in Cleveland. It’s all about potential with Manziel. Can he live up to the hype?

Scouting Report: Manziel is an interesting prospect at quarterback. He isn’t a very tall guy and he seems even smaller than his measurable when watching him play. But, what he lacks in height he makes up for it in arm strength and mobility. Manziel is fast and uses his speed well within the pocket. He doesn’t really get hit much and when he does he’s usually moving away from pressure. The biggest improvement for Manziel’s game needs to be his decision making. Just because you have the arm to make all the throws, doesn’t mean you need to attempt it in all situations. I think he can be a good backup and a lot of people are calling him Romo 2.0. The comparisons on the field are undeniable but his off the field life is anything but Romo. But this isn’t an article condemning his actions, heck, I wish Johnny could just be Johnny. I used to like Manziel when he was Johnny Football and throwing up the money sign. It seems he has to put on a fake persona for the media now and I wish he’d go back to who he is. If he can do that, just be himself, and win football games, he’d make a good addition to the Cowboys roster.

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GET EM BOTH!!! Anything is better than the backups we had this past season. Get em both and have a backup QB dual for the ages. That’d be fun to watch. It’d make preseason almost watchable and would sell a lot of merchandise and tickets. I can see Jerry licking his chops at the idea right now.


Thanks for reading.

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