Given some actual regular-season substance to feed its engine, the RG3 Hype Machine is now running at full-bore. It may even be self-aware.
John Madden made it exceedingly clear he's a believer after watching Robert Griffin III shred the New Orleans Saints in a 40-32 win on Sunday. Calling a road victory at the Superdome a "darn near an impossible task," Madden was blown away by Griffin's ability.
"And at some point, I have to admit that I said this, it just came out, I said 'RG3's the best player in the NFL today.'" Madden said on his on SiriusXM NFL Radio show with Adam Schein and Rich Gannon. "That's what I really thought. Those words did come out. Now, I don't know that I'm gonna live with that or back that up the rest of the season."
Madden wasn't done.
"You know, the thing that he did that was so amazing was he reminded me -- and I don't mean to throw names around -- but he reminded me of a Tim Tebow that can pass," he said, via The Washington Post.
"You know, Tim Tebow, when he was playing for Denver last year, he would tend to freeze the defenses, because they weren't sure if it was run or pass, if he was gonna hand off or run. I mean, he couldn't pass like RG3 -- (Griffin) can throw the ball -- but he has a tendency to freeze the defense."
We've never thought of Tebow and Griffin as similar players, but then again, we don't have a Super Bowl ring, video-game franchise or Scrooge McDuck vault filled with gold bullion, either.