Honestly, are you really beleiving what you are saying or is this your attempt to establish an incorrect position which you then defend bending the facts to suit your purpose so you can win the argument even when you know you are wrong. Or do you expect fans here to accept your half truths an distortions of the facts. For example both RGIII and Russell Wilson are West Coast offenses that mix in some spread concepts whereas the Panthers use a spread offense mixing in Coryell concepts. We pass using a North-South passing approach heavily utilizing the TE on the deep outs and in the seams and wide receiver on deep routes over the middle and down the sidelines. Wilson, RGIII and Dalton throw East-West and short underneath crossing routes and slants hoping for yards after the catch. Dalton has a higher completion percentage because he throws shorter easier to complete passes. Last night I saw a half dozen shovel passes which are extended handoffs and sure to increase the completion percentage. And the idea that he had more 30 yard completions is a red herring as well unless the stat candifferentiate between passes that are thrown 30 yards down the field and caught as the receiver goes out of bounds snagging a beautifully thrown deep ball versus a pass thrown 10 yards down the field with the receiver rambling down the field for another 25 yards. Both go down as long completions but the differences are as obvious as the styles and approaches used by Newton and Dalton. BTW- for much of the season Newton wasn't playing like a franchise quarterback either. The difference is that Newton has a much higher ceiling than Dalton as evidenced by his play the past few weeks versus Dalton who is more of a manager than a game changer. He can make plays but makes mistakes as well. He doesn't throw a ton of picks because he is too timid to gun the ball in there knowing his limitations. And the list goes on. Feel free to continue to argue but come back with more than just numbers based on faulty or limited assumptions which are easily refuted.
Dalton has a higher percentage because he has been more accurate. It really is as simple as that. And anyone that looks at the two offenses, would not agree that a primarily spread option offense is more difficult than a pro style WCO. .
The idea that Cam is completing at a lower percentage because he is running a harder offense is simply asinine. It's just not true. Any offense that is dominated by the college spread option with a dual rush QB in the NFL, is easier in the passing game department because of all the advantages it gives you over defenses. The WCO, which has been defended for years, is the hardest and most difficult NFL offense to master save for the Patriots WCO variation and Peyton Manning's offense which are pretty unique.
If completing passes in the NFL was simply about distance things would be a breeze. One of the most complex and difficult offenses to run is the Patriots offense, and they don't throw it deep. It requires one of the most precise quarterbacks in the NFL. Similarly the WCO is about precision. timing, route adjustment, touch, vision and receiver communication. You are throwing in traffic.
Throwing a ball over the defenses 30 yards out to a receiver who beat his man, is really not harder than throwing a pass 15 yards out through traffing, through a very tight window, timing it precisely and hitting your receiver in stride in order to put him in position to gain yards after catch.
You're right that there is a difference between a pass through the air and one on the ground that goes for yards after catch. But overall, it's not Dalton that has more yards after catch. It's us. Your argument breaks down when you claim Dalton is getting this benefit because as I stated before we were 5th
in the NFL last year in yards after catch. Johnathan Stewart was our #1 receiver in yards after catch. That is our running back, which is pretty typical of your college offense. There really is nothing easier than a dump off to your RB on a screen pass which we used quite often.
And this year:
Newton- 6.85 yards after catch. per completion.
Dalton - 5.25 yards after catch per completion.
Again, the numbers don't back up your claim.
And there's nothing that can possibly measure which quarterback has a higher ceiling. Nobody knows this.