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Luck or Griffin III? Choice is too close to call

Paper or plastic? Beatles or Rolling Stones? To the list of often-heard question, Mike Tierney adds this one: Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III?

Rookie Robert Griffin III got off to a fast start, leading the Washington Redskins to a 3-3 record, but has since tailed off some.
Rookie Robert Griffin III got off to a fast start, leading the Washington Redskins to a 3-3 record, but has since tailed off some.

 

Boxers or briefs? Coke or Pepsi? Paper or plastic? Beatles or Rolling Stones?

To the list of often-heard question, add this one: Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III?

Since the NFL draft in April - actually, before then - the query has been a conversation starter among football fans.

Luck is the classic quarterback: tall and strong, staying mostly in the pocket.

Griffin is the modern hybrid, mid-sized and fast, frequently transforming himself into a running back.

They were selected one-two, Luck to the Indianapolis Colts, Griffin to the Washington Redskins - which only ratcheted up the debate.

Early, the Griffinites were getting the better of it as the Redskins were 3-3. He was pacing the league in completion percentage and yards per attempt while threatening Cam Newton's record for rushing yards by a quarterback.

The Colts opened 2-3 but the Luckites now have the better argument.

Thursday's throttling of the Jacksonville Jaguars was Indy's fourth straight win as Luck had two touchdown runs. The previous game he pitched for 433 yards, the most ever by a rookie.

Griffin's team, meantime, have lost three straight. He has retreated to 10th in quarterback ratings - still ahead of his young counterpart, partly explained by Redskins coaches calling safer, easier pass plays than the Colts' staff.

It might take years before we determine our druthers. As stellar as they have been, our answer to "Luck or Griffin?" might be the same as from someone who cannot decide between the Beatles or Stones.

Both.

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