SCam Newton...you were warned
posted at 10/18/2012 8:16 AM EDT
Preseason I was saying he was overrated, and simply not that good. More Vince Young than Steve Young.
One person went so far as to say "you have an agenda against him". Agenda? Was that an allusion to me being racist?
At any rate. I said he was one of the few who benefitted from not having a preseason, he just came out and free-styled it. He threw for 4000 yards in the most prolific passing season in league history. Talk about empty numbers. I also said now teams have film on him, and it would make a big difference. FURTHERMORE, I warned that running QBs don't last long.
Well, after 5 games:
1154 passing yards (on pace for about 3500, down from his 4000+ last year)
4TD/5INT (on pace for about 13/16, down from his 21/17 last year)
Passer rating 80.9 (down from 84.5 in 2011)
209 rushing yards (on pace for about 700, in line with his 706 last year)
3 rushing TDs (on pace for maybe 10, down from 14 last year)
59% completion (60% last year, which is the new median in the NFL)
5 fumbles, 2 lost...which exactly matches his 16 game TOTAL of a year ago
13 sacks (on pace for roughly 37, in line with his 35 of 2011)
Also, more than one temamate has talked to him, and spoken to the press about his poor demeanor on the sideline, and his need to mature.
He's worse, across the board, or at best...the same. Carolina was bad last year, so I don't want to hear that excuse. He's just not that good. Period.
I will concede he is the victim of bad coaching. They simply aren't giving the ball to Stewart/Williams nearly enough. I guess the coaches are fooled into thinking he's something he's not as well.
Vince Young also had a 'good' first year that had people fooled, so don't feel too bad.