I think you have to consider contract longevity too. Newtons rush number should decrease the older he gets so that favors Luck.
I also think the NFL in general views Luck the better QB, I mean he did get drafted #1 overall in the pro bowl twice in a row now, LOL.
I want to see Cam surrounded by legit weapons and right now we are clearly rebuilding. Luck had Hilton, Fleener and Allen drafted with him as a rookie to add to Reggie Wayne, then they added Moncrief and signed the guy almost everyone here was wetting themselves to get, Nicks. So far we've only added Benji thru the draft that has stuck. We have to start adding speedy playmakers, hopefully, this is the year. I'm glad it was one of the first comments made this offseason by Gettleman.
I agree to an extent. Cam actually does a very good job of minimizing many of the hits he takes. He does take the occasional big hit, but more often than not it's either glancing, or Cam drops before the big hit comes. But you are right that regardless he will eventually have to run less. However, I think we have seen him improve every year, and at the start of this year, he showed a much higher level of maturity as a passer until things went downhill for the entire team.
And adding weapons is unquestionably vital to Cam ever becoming what he can be. Right now (and even previously when Smitty was still here) we had limited weapons and inefficient protection, so Cam has never truly been able to be let loose. Bring in playmakers and speed on the outside along with some real protection, and I have a feeling that Cam will become one of the most feared QB's in the league.
So a lot depends on what the team puts around Cam. Fortunately, I believe in Gettleman's ability to eventually find the right pieces. So I think when all is said and done, Cam and Luck will be the Manning/Brady of their generation. You wouldn't go wrong with either of them.