We've grown accustomed to Newton getting slighted in the national media. Marc Sessler is the latest writer to place Newton below less accomplished QBs who instead had winning seasons last year. I guess having the best two first seasons by a QB in NFL history is not worth a mention, simply that his 'physical tools' is apparently all that he has going for him:
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The future, Part II
10. Colin Kaepernick
11. Russell Wilson
12. Cam Newton
Gregg Rosenthal informs me that I've given too much love to the newbies. I disagree. Last year's rookies -- and the schemes they operated -- altered the game. Wilson is a thing of beauty: technically clean, a fiery leader, never cowed by the moment. Kaepernick won me over during that chaotic first half of the NFC title game. He never panicked. Nothing about either player tells me they'll regress. Newton -- entering a huge year three -- sits at No. 12 because his physical tools are insane. So much pure ability. Cam can chart his fate, for better or worse.
Will Newton ever get the respect he deserves? Probably not if the Panthers don't ever put together a winning season. Obviously I'm very hopeful this is the year we get back to the playoffs, ten years removed from our improbable Super Bowl run in 2003.
I guess my biggest gripe is ranking Newton is the second group of 'The Future' where Luck and RG3 are in the first group. We've well chronicled the fact the Colts played the softest schedule in the NFL which was proven when they got roundly pummeled in the playoffs. Newton and the Panthers beat Redskins and RG3 straight up in week 9 but that win obviously didn't count for much.
We just need to get over this lack of respect right? Win 10 to 12 games and the respect will come you are probably thinking. Maybe so but I'm betting Newton will have to string together several winning seasons to get the respect already being upon these younger players.