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What QB great does Cam's stat's mirror almost perfectly ?

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#1 Kurb


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Posted 05 April 2013 - 07:51 AM


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

Good read.

We don't usually promote blog stuff, but this article was a really fun read.

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#2 Vagrant


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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:08 AM

Which tweet does this resemble most closely? Darin Gannt's.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:15 AM

Yes but Jim Kelly was white and had a real smile soooo.....


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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:15 AM

hopefully he can manage to live up to the lofty statistical mountaintops as set by robert griff-BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA nope couldn't do it

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:17 AM

That was a relatively interesting article.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:18 AM

Hopefully cam doesnt mirror kellys super bowl rings.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:19 AM

Style wise he's a better match to Brett Favre.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:20 AM

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#9 fieryprophet


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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:22 AM

Counting total TDs Cam would be 2nd to Marino, and he's also 2nd in YPA (which is amazing!) And he has 1g00 yards on Kelly. And far fewer INTs than Manning.

So, the correct answer is "none of the above."

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:24 AM

Important to note he didn't include Cam's rushing yards or TDs.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:37 AM

I'm always a little hesitant to compare today's stats to those under the old rules. The current set is extremely pass friendly. That's why I think passing records set by guys like Tom Brady and Drew Brees need to be taken with a grain of salt (or two).

That said, the K-Gun offense that Kelly ran was a tad gimmicky and probably somewhat stat-inflated for it's time, so I can see how it could be compared to the offenses under the new school rules.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:46 AM

Hopefully cam doesnt mirror kellys super bowl rings.

Cam just needs to grow a goatee.

#13 Mr. Scot

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:53 AM

I have a vague memory of Kelly having some kind of altercation with Jim Harbaugh. I'd have to look up the details, though.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:02 AM

I always despised Kelly and how the announcers would prattle on about his "linebacker mentality". Every game he finished in one piece was a disappointment.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:32 AM

Hopefully cam doesnt mirror kellys super bowl rings.

I'd gladly take four Superbowl losses over no trips at all.

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