The Vikings came unto the scene in 1961 with a scrambling quarterback who gave weekly material to NFL films with his highlight scrambles. Tarkenton didn’t often advance the ball forward with his scramble. He did it to buy time to look downfield to find a big play. But maybe Tarkenton should have scrambled more for yards. I think about that every time a quarterback breaks a long touchdown run against the Vikings. On Sunday, RGIII beat Minnesota with his legs. As a lifelong Vikings fan, I was painfully flashing back to Steve Young’s 49-yard game winning run against them in 1988. Then in 2002, Michael Vick beat the Vikings on a 46-yard run in overtime. He ran for 173 yards that day.
He is as exciting as Michael Vick in his prime, but his pocket passing might be more favorably compared to Steve Young.
Fast forward to 2012, the Vikings were coming to D.C. allowing a sub 3.0 yard average on the ground and limited ground games to only 1 rushing score. So of course everyone knew RGIII was going to pile up 133 yards and 2 scores as the latest running quarterback to memorably put away the Vikings. The 76-yard run was unreal. He beat Chad Greenway from getting to the angle and it was all sideline. The play essentially put the Vikings away. He is as exciting as Michael Vick in his prime, but his pocket passing might be more favorably compared to Steve Young.
If you drafted RGIII 8th round or later, man what a steal. Tell me what you think. Will RGIII surpass Cam Newton’s 2011 rookie season success?