It seems like all the time when I see quarterbacks ranked these days, Cam Newton is always top 10. I know he had a great rookie season but still its only one season and even then it wasn't as good as the rest of the top-10 quarterbacks. And on that note since when does one season determine someone being a top tier player?
According to this list on NFL.com. The rankings are as follows in order from 1-10:
E. Manning, Brady, Roethlisberger, Brees, Rodgers, P. Manning, Newton, Rivers, Ryan, Vick.
Now first off I think this is a very poor list from the get go, Eli was a player who was sitting around 10th on most lists and is now put at number 1? Really? You'd imagine a player who carries his team single handed to the playoffs every year would be higher then Eli (Peyton anyone? Brady? Brees? Rodgers?) regardless the focus is Cam Newton and I'll keep to that for the most part.Ok going back to the terrible-mess of a list for one second, how the hell does one average game by Rodgers keep him at number 5? Like honestly who the hell writes this stuff? And when was winning Super Bowls amount for the ability of a QB? I'm fairly sure you have a squad of 55 who all need to help out to make it there. The QB is just one guy.
ANYWAY, Cam. So like I appreciate he threw for just over 4,000 yards, 21 TD's and ran for a bunch more. But he also tossed 17 interceptions and brought his team to a 6-10 record. What other player could win less then .500 and still be called top 10? What other player could only throw 4 more TD's then int's and still be considered top 10?
The Answer is nobody.
Meanwhile Romo threw for more yards and threw 21 more touchdowns then INT's, but due to having a poor reputation he will never get a strong top 10 consideration. Matt Schaub led one of the best teams in the league before he got injured. And Stafford, threw for over 5,000 yards with 41 TD's and 16 INT's.
Yet Cam is still better then them
You know he reminds me of Vick last season. But with worse stats. He has a good season, is very mobile, then reality comes crashing down when you realize that a QB can't lead a team successfully for multiple seasons while rushing for so many yards. The idea that your quarterback, the player which you hire 5 massive guys to create a shield for, decides its better for the team if he takes off 126 times a year to get hammered by giant linebackers, defensive linemen and safeties, who all want to rip his head off, is fundamentally wrong. I mean if that was the plan then why have a RB? Obviously I am kidding but still the best QB's in the league are great because they can make pinpoint accurate throws, not get intercepted and do it 30 times a game without fail. They don't run 10 times because its not easy, they make the play and they show why they are getting paid so much money.
Hell maybe I'm just pissed that running QB's are the flavor of the month and everyone seems to be focusing on them rather then technically sound precision passers who do their job right. But regardless Cam Newton is over rated and should be 10-15 range. I don't care who you are, year in year out production is the key, that and winning games. Cam has yet to show the ability to do either. Not by his fault, but from the time frame he has been in the league.