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Carolina Panthers Double Coverage: Seahawks at Panthers (article)

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In this article ESPN writers David Newton and Terry Blount (for the Panthers and Seahawks respectively) go toe to toe on a joint piece they did together... Here's a taste

Let's get right to the question most people are asking: Who is the better quarterback? Carolina's Cam Newton or Seattle's Russell Wilson?

Newton: I know Wilson and the Seahawks are the sweethearts of the league after making the playoffs last season. But if I were starting a team, I'd take Newton, and not because we share the same last name. I know the Panthers would. They talked last season about drafting Wilson to back up the first pick of the 2011 draft before Seattle got him in the third round. Backup! Look, Wilson is a solid player who is surrounded by a better supporting cast than Newton has had in his first two seasons and has again this year. Wilson does some great things with his arm and legs. He makes good decisions. Newton would kill for his completion percentage of 64.1 last season. But Newton is one of those special players who, at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, can do things the 5-11, 206-pound Wilson can only dream of. Go back and look at the 72-yard touchdown run Newton capped with a flip into the end zone in a 30-20 victory against a one-loss Atlanta team last season and you'll see what I'm talking about. Wilson's biggest edge comes in leadership, and I believe you'll see Newton step it up in that department this year. I see his stock on the rise. Of all the first-year quarterbacks who made the playoffs last year, Wilson is my choice to have a sophomore slump.

Blount: Newt, I honestly tell you that the Seahawks coaches and players would take Wilson every day of the week, and frankly, I think so would most NFL coaches. In the more than 30 years I've covered sports, I've never met a more impressive young man than Wilson. He's just one of those once-in-a-generation-type athletes who you look at him and listen to him, then you say, "This guy is going places in life." Yes, Cam has more experience, and, obviously, more size. He's an exceptional athlete, a man that Seattle coach Pete Carroll called "a phenomenal talent." But he isn't the team leader that Wilson is, and won't make as many good decisions at key moments as Wilson will.

http://espn.go.com/blog/seattle-seahawks/post/_/id/198/double-coverage-seahawks-at-panthers

The article goes on, and Newton basically says we might have a winning record but no playoffs but maybe... I don't know... I though I liked Newton, but he had a chance to bury the other writer and didn't take it.

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i don't think it was about 'burying' the other writer. both stated their opinions. it wasn't literally toe to toe

 

both raise valid points

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cam is better though

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I like the Double Coverage concept.

 

Newt isn't as high on the team as we are, but what else is new.

 

I did think it was funny that Blount called Wilson a once in a generation type talent- which I disagree with. He's good, but until he shows that he can put the offense on his back and carry them he's just a smart, accurate mobile QB.

 

Cam carried the offense the entire 2011 season and for much of last year.

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Terrible prediction.....

No way we only score 10 points.

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Being a State fan I can tell you that Wilson is indeed a unique talent. He left state without winning. He couldn't win at Wisconsin and I'll wait and see if he wins in Seattle.

 

He has all the pieces around him...but he cannot take over a game. He is a gifted game manager. He wouldn't nearly be as successful here. Not even close.

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He is a gifted game manager.

 

This.

 

You trade Russell Wilson for Cam and we don't even stand a chance the past two years with our defensive inconsistencies and O-line issues. And Wilson is my 2nd favorite QB to watch.

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