This time last year we had every pundit in the land telling us why Cam Newton will not succeed in the NFL. A year and many records later these same pundits are using the same 'reasons' to justify RG3 being better than Cam. First up, we have the pro-style offense justification:
One of the likely reasons for the statistical edge is that the Baylor Bears' offense had more pro-style tendencies than the run-heavy spread offense Newton played in at Auburn. That allowed Griffin to attack defenses in a wider variety of ways than Newton was able to and should help reduce his pro transition time.
So RG3 is going to have a shorter transition period than Newton? Let's see it took Newton how many games to throw for 400 yards? One. How many quarters until he threw his first 70+ yard touchdown? Two? Good luck having a quicker transition Mr. Griffin.
The fact Newton played a season at FBS and only one season at Auburn somehow bodes well for Griffin:
Another edge for Griffin is that his senior season was his fourth as a starter (though it should be noted he missed most of his sophomore season due to an injury), while Newton tallied only one season as a starter at an FBS school.
I don't see how Newton's career has any impact on Griffin's NFL prospects. But this pundit finishes with a claim that we only began to hear towards the end of last season:
While Joyner presents a convincing argument on why RG3 can be the next Cam Newton, no one really knows how he'll turn out in the NFL. In many instances, a quarterback's supporting cast can determine success. Newton had the benefit of throwing to Steve Smithand handing the ball off to DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.
So playing for the 2-14 Panthers was somehow now a benefit? I agree completely! That's because the Panthers were a much better team than their record. They were a much better team than this year's Browns who i think will draft RG3 at #4. Yes Newton did benefit from the Panthers core group of players but I would hardly give them too much credit for Newton's incredible rookie season. Well, I would have ot give some credit to Steve smith of course but most would go to OC Rob Chudzinski.
Which is exactly where the conversation about RG3 being better than Newton should have started. Will Cleveland be able to put in an offense around RG3 to put Newton like numbers? Answer that question with a positive and it then becomes possible. Possible, but not very likely.