Those in the Andrew Luck camp during the offensive rookie of the year discussion continually cited value, an elusive and vague concept that can be manipulated into whatever you wish. The basic argument was that Luck had much less to work with as he guided the Colts to the playoffs, while Robert Griffin III was supported by the likes of Alfred Morris and Pierre Garcon, with Morris finishing second in rushing yards (1,613, and 100.8 per game).
There’s truth in that, as beyond Reggie Wayne, Luck dealt with very little backfield help, and two fellow rookie tight ends. But we’re not discussing exclusively value, and Griffin’s numbers were too overwhelming, which is why he’s been named the offensive rookie of the year.
A year ago this award went to Cam Newton, who rushed for 741 yards during his first year, setting a rookie record for quarterbacks. It’s a mark that lasted only one year, as Griffin ran for 815 yards despite missing a game, and being hobble in two others due to his knee injury. He had two runs of 40 yards or more, with seven touchdowns.
He also threw for 3,200 yards at a pace of 8.1 per attempt. But the most notable gap between Griffin and Luck lies in what RG3 didn’t do: throw interceptions. He finished with just five picks and seven total turnovers, while Luck threw 18 INTs. That puts Luck in a tie for second in picks with Mark Sanchez.
As a general rule, whenever your name is mentioned alongside Sanchez’s in any capacity, your candidacy for an award is damaged severely.