Cam Newton is so impressive, even Ron Rivera wants to emulate his pre-game "Superman flying" routine. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
While perusing my Twitter feed today I noticed a follower of mine had posed a question "Will Cam Newton become the first QB to pass for 4000 yards and rush for 500 yards in a single season?". I didn't know the answer, so I decided to do some research to find out, because (like most of you I'm sure) I wanted to know the answer.
The answer is quite simple: yes, he will. If Newton throws for 4000 yards and rushes for 500 yards he will be the first quarterback in the history of the NFL to accomplish the feat.* That's pretty impressive if you ask me, and if he does this it should silence the "for ROY" conversation, because quite frankly, if Newton becomes the first QB in the history of the league to accomplish something such as passing for 4000 and rushing for 500 yards, there's no way he can be overlooked for rookie of the year. (Not that I need to convince anyone here that Cam should be the ROY...)
*- In case anyone is curious...there have been 4 cases where a QB passed for 4000 and rushed for 400 yards: Daunte Culpepper (2004), Steve Young (1993 & 1998), and Jeff Garcia (2000). Steve Young got the closest to 500 when he rushed for 454 yards in 1998.
Anyway, just how close is he to accomplishing this feat? Let's take a closer look, shall we?
After the first 12 games of this season, Newton has 3297 passing yards and 518 rushing yards. He already meets the rushing requirement, so long as he doesn't start having negative yardage performances for the next four weeks. As far as passing, all he has to do is throw for an average of 176 yards per week and he will get to 4000 yards. As we've seen from him this year, 176 yards per game is absolutely attainable.
My guess is he'll get to 4000 yards either on or before we face the Bucs again in three weeks. How cool would it be to see Newton break two NFL records against a division rival in one season? He's already broken one, could he get another one before the year is over? I think so, and I think this is only the beginning of what we're going to see from our franchise QB as his career advances in Charlotte.