Oh boy. There hasn't been this much drama surrounding two QBs coming into the league since Manning vs Leaf. With Luck and RG3 going one and two respectively in the draft, the questions now turn to "who will be better sooner?" If you listen to the critics, they would have you believe that Andrew Luck will since he's supposedly the more "NFL ready" prospect. I beg to differ. When I look at the way the draft shook out and the direction the Colts brass took in stock piling the offensive side of the ball, I think Griffin will have success faster due to the fact he is coming to a team that has a great defense. Luck will be playing with a varsity team that will only be fielding one decent CB. The Colts are taking the same approach they took when they acquired Manning. While Manning would go on to become one the game's most prolific passers, it still took him 6 years to win his 1st playoff game. Ben Rothlesburger has won two SBs in half the time it took Manning to get one. Big Ben plays for a team that mirrors the Current Redskins roster which fields a strong running game along with a good defense. I see the Redskins as a playoff team this year inspite of them playing in one of the toughest divisions in the league. The Colts on the other hand are headed for similar results to what they had when Manning started his career there. I know the league has become a pass happy league with high-powered offenses, and it seems a lot of teams are now trying to mimic the success of the games recent SB winners. If we take a look at history though, we will see that the teams which have multiple rings are the ones who had a good defense. Teams like the Steelers, Pats, Niners, and Cowboys were all solid on both sides of the ball.
Last year was a perfect example of how important it is to be balanced on both sides of the field. 3 of the leagues top offensive juggernauts (Saints, Packers, Pats) made it to the playoffs last year. One made it to the SB by way of a "gift" from the Ravens. Even though the Pats made it to the SB, I consider their victory over the Ravens as a fluke. Lee Evans had a potential game winning TD pass knocked out of his hands that could easily have been ruled a TD, and adding insult to injury Gundiff's missed chip shot FG was a gimme. The Saints were knocked out by a 49ers team that had the league's top defense. The Giants knocked off the world champs in their own backyard with a defense that was better than it's stats indicated due to it getting healthy at the right time. The point I'm making with all of this is the importance of defense. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was quoted as saying "the reason former OC Arians was not resigned was because the team wants to return to it's blue collar, run 1st mentality to compliment it's strong defense. The Steelers have more SB rings than any team in the league. That's not by chance. That's by design from an organization that understands in order to beat the opposition, you have to be able stop them. Joe Gibbs had a philosophy that if you take away what a team's best player (or take away what they do best) you are 50% on your way to beating them.
This is why RG3 will have success faster than Luck will. The Redskins have a dominant defense in place already. He has decent targets to work with on offense. But make no mistake, the defense is what will make Griffin's life a lot easier than the targets he has or the system he plays in.