Cam Newton didn't struggle as expected in 2012 -- at least not in the way a lot of football fans had hoped. Yes, they hoped Newton would flounder, because it would justify their disdain for a player who doesn't speak softly and carry a big stick, but rather beat you with it, stand over you, and then mock you for getting in his way. Quarterbacks aren't supposed to have bravado, but here we are in 2013. The stats, the wins and losses -- all are easy to judge against his peers, and so I set out to look at the first two years of Newton's career and compare it to NFL's past.
Walking in with no preconceptions, I wasn't sure whether we'd find out if Newton was more like Dan Marino or Tim Couch. Using Pro Football Reference's season finder tool, I used a variety of criteria to narrow down the search. Statistics can be very misleading. Obviously the game has changed in the last twenty years, and it's easier than ever for quarterbacks to find their receivers due to passing-friendly rules. However, it's still interesting to see how players stack up following their first two seasons.
The player Cam Newton most closely resembles statistically is Jim Kelly
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