NFL offensive rookie of the year for 2012?

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) celebrates

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) celebrates his touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Credit: AP Photo Nick Wass)

If publicity, buzz and excitement are measurable qualities for voting, then RG3 will win the NFL Rookie of the Year award this season.

But if the electorate looks at other categories such as on-field performance, then Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has some serious competition. Heck, he may not even be the best rookie on his own team. A legitimate argument can be made for Redskins running back Alfred Morris (1,613 yards, 13 touchdowns, 4.8 yards per carry).

Leave it to Washington to create a voting controversy.

So who exactly deserves to be rookie of the year for 2012 in the NFL? Well, let's see who we can eliminate before looking at the numbers.

All three rookie quarterbacks -- Griffin, the Colts' Andrew Luck and the Seahawks' Russell Wilson -- led their teams to the playoffs. No help there.

All three won at least nine games and delivered significant turnarounds for their team. No room to eliminate anyone there.

All three set some sort of rookie record: Luck has the most passing yards (4,374), Wilson the most touchdown passes (26) and Griffin the most rushing yards (815).

And then of course, there's Morris. But quarterbacks have won the award in three of the past four years, and the last running back to win offensive rookie of the year was Adrian Peterson in 2007.

Let's take a look at the individual numbers for each quarterback now.
 

Player G COMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RATE RUSH RUSH TD
Robert Griffin III 15 258 393 65.6 3,200 20 5 102.4 815 7
Andrew Luck 16 339 627 54.1 4,374 23 18 76.5 255 5
Russell Wilson 16 252 393 64.1 3,118 26 10 100.0 489 4

Luck was a significant advantage in passing yards, but his completion percentage is at least 10 points lower than that of Wilson and Griffin. Wilson threw more touchdowns than either Luck or Griffin, but Griffin has the fewest interceptions and a significant advantage in rushing yards. He also wins out in market size. Washington is also the only division winner among the three teams.

Neither of the three teams involved here played each other during the regular season, which is when the voting counts. Griffin's Redskins host Wilson's Seahawks in the first round of the NFL playoffs Sunday afternoon.

Happy voting!

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Tags: robert griffin iii , andrew luck , russell wilson , alfred morris , washington redskins , indianapolis colts , seattle seahawks

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