I wasn't backtracking on what I said, I was just answering the guys question. The point I had made about Cam was that I think he was pretty good to begin with and wasn't as successful as season went on. Further, I keep reading people here posting how he is possibly the best QB ever and everyone from other teams is jealous and just don't see that level of success in his first year to warrant such outrageous claims. In fact, if I had to pick a QB new to league that worries me, I would easily say Stafford. I know he had a few years already, but last year was his first full season and he looks like he is not too far from Brees or Rodgers level. But comparing Stafford to Cam, although a little unfair because of Stafford being around longer, I still easily pick Stafford as having the better future based on the play we've seen so far. That's not to say Cam is not an above average guy, because he is very good, but the step from good to great has to do with consistency and it's still to early to make claims that everyone else is jealous they don't have him or he will be best QB ever.
I guess the simplified point is Cam hasn't done enough to prove he will be a great QB. The arrow is definitely pointing up, but the sample size is too small to make forgone conlclusions like that. A lot of the same claims were made about Freeman after his rookie season, only for his next season be a huge regression.
Freeman's big year was his second, not his rookie year (just like The Golden Calf of Bristol kept getting brought up in rookie of the year arguments last year when he wasn't one.)
Nobody's making the claim Cam is the best QB in the NFL right now. You're making up straw men arguments so you can bitch about things only you imagine are being said. It is perfectly fair to say, however, that Cam has already done far more to dispel any doubts about his work ethic/intangibles/ability to run an NFL offense that only fools would doubt him.
All Cam had to do this year to validate his season was be a decent QB, and to show flashes of promise. Expectations were that low due to the media firestorm and pre-draft criticism. Instead, he obliterated every obstacle, turned in the greatest rookie performance a quarterback has ever had, and did so in a completely different manner than he had throughout college and in every way the "experts" said he couldn't. You shouldn't fear that Cam was only an average passer compared to Brees. You should fear that it took him less than one offseason to morph from a raw prospect into an average passer compared to Brees; and the distance between where is now and where Brees is after being in the league for years is smaller than where Cam started.