DeAngelo Hall’s opinion on anything isn’t usually something we would pay much attention to. But seeing as though he was with the Atlanta Falcons when Mike Vick was the quarterback and now he’s with the Washington Redskins for RGIII’s first season in the league, we’ll give a listen to his comparison of the two. And as far as that comparison goes, Hall believes that RGIII is much more prepared for the NFL than Vick was because he understands mentally what it takes to be great.
Is Robert Griffin III finally the answer for this organization at the quarterback position?
“I hope so. I hope so. We don’t want to put all the pressure on him. It’s not just going to be Robert Griffin III has to take us to the promised land. I think it is going to take a total team effort. It’s going to take the offensive line protecting him. It’s going to take the offensive line mashing out some running holes, so some of running backs can actually take the pressure off. Our receivers need to be big for us. Our defense is going to have to get turnovers and give him an opportunity. Special teams…they are going to play a big part in his success as well. It’s definitely not just him, but you can definitely see on that practice field he’s out there and we are going against him. You can kind of see the specialness coming out of him. You can see the swag and the confidence and his ability to make plays. I’ve actually…I’ve talked to him even before we drafted him. I kind have already knew we were going to get him. We had a great chance to get him barring anything crazy happening at the draft. Me and him have been talking for the last 4 or 5 months now and I told him the scary part is his progression now as a quarterback and an athlete…seeing Michael Vick coming into the league. 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. 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.”
Definitely true that Vick came into the league thinking that his athleticism could carry him. He himself admitted that he didn’t put in the time working on his craft. Now that he is, you can see the difference in him.
As for RGIII, if he truly is willing to put in the work like Hall and everyone else says he is, he has a great chance to be a franchise quarterback for years to come.