Thom Loverro: Redskins' RG3 is great by any measure

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You know that formula the NFL uses to come up with that quaint measurement known as passer rating?

They might want to put that in a drawer somewhere and come up with something different because Robert Griffin III has broken it.

The rookie quarterback, in his 10th NFL game, completed 14 of 15 passes for 200 yards and four touchdown passes. That came out to a perfect 158.3 passer rating, but he could have had a lesser performance and still likely topped out at 158.3.

The standard for measuring quarterbacks in the NFL doesn't work for RGIII.

He also ran for 84 yards on 12 carries against an Eagles team that does one thing well -- stop the run. Nobody has gained 100 yards against this defense, yet RGIII averaged seven yards a carry.

Did I mention he is a quarterback?

How do you measure this kind of value? How to you measure the value of a rookie playing in just his 10th professional football game completing nearly every pass he throws, finishing with four touchdown passes and running for nearly 100 yards?

Did I mention he had no interceptions?

"[Baylor coach Art] Briles always told me that there is a difference between playing fearless and being stupid," RGIII said after the game. "You have to be able to tiptoe that line. ... God blessed me with the ability to move around a lot more than other quarterbacks. You try to use that when you can if a guy is not open so you don't have to force things. But when guys are open, you get them the rock and let them make plays."

Did I mention he is a rookie?

The typical ways to evaluate quarterbacks in this league don't apply for RGIII because we've never seen this type of quarterback in the NFL. We've seen various approximations of it before but not with all of the qualities combined at such a high level: speed, intelligence, composure and heart.

After several down games, there was this notion that the NFL was catching on to the RGIII act. The message put forth was that if this kid wants to be successful, he's going to have to adapt and conform to what an NFL quarterback is supposed to be.

Does anyone doubt that if RGIII needed to be under center that he would be successful? What part of his game is missing that would stop him from being that guy? His arm? His brain?

"I didn't second-guess what my instincts were telling me as far as when to throw and when not to throw or when to run and when not to run," he said. "You thank God to be able to have those moments and feel things the right way, and it all works out for you."

Measure that.

Examiner columnist Thom Loverro is the co-host of "The Sports Fix" from noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday on ESPN980 and espn980.com. Contact him at tloverro@washingtonexaminer.com.

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