The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

January 2, 2013

Banner year for rookie quarterbacks


INDIANAPOLIS — Comparisons? Luck would be somewhat of a combination of Peyton Manning (preparation), Roethlisberger (size and elusiveness) with a little bit of Brett Favre (gun-slinger mentality) thrown in.

On the other hand, Griffin's style of play is reminiscent of Steve Young (football skills and overall mobility in the pocket), Randall Cunningham (size, athleticism and ability to extend plays) and Michael Vick (overall speed, elusiveness and arm strength).

Wilson reminds many of Drew Brees (football mentality), Roger Staubach (making big plays downfield), and Fran Tarkenton (movement in the pocket).

Needless to say, all three have been very good this year. Luck and Griffin were the No. 1 and No. 2 overall selections in last spring's NFL Draft. They are expected to finish first and second, in whatever combination, for the league's Offensive Rookie of the Year award, which is expected to be announced sometime in early February. That is, unless Wilson were to end up crashing the party.

In addition to Luck, Griffin and Wilson, there were three other rookie starters in the NFL this season -- Miami's Ryan Tannehill, Philadelphia's Nick Foles and Cleveland's Brandon Weeden. Tannehill is probably the best of the second group, although Foles certainly had some successful moments with the Eagles. Weeden remains a work in progress.

Baltimore's Flacco, who will be facing Indianapolis Sunday afternoon (1 p.m., CBS Sports), had some words of advice for the three rookie quarterbacks as they prepare for their first foray into the post-season. Flacco knows what it's like to be facing the pressure of being a rookie and facing playoff pressure for the first time.

“Yeah, you know there’s going to be a lot of people talking about playoff football and how it’s ratcheted up a notch, which may be true. But the bottom line is, my advice would be, go about your business as you always would on a normal week," the Ravens quarterback said this week.

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