The reason it exists is because many Panthers fans wanted Andrew Luck over Cam... even after Cam was drafted.
Cam had the greatest rookie year of any QB in NFL history. For Panther fans, for some reason, they took it personally that Luck didn't come out of college... even though Cam has wanted to play here. Cam is the heel. Luck is the darling. But Panthers have a particular hate towards Andrew Luck that Colts fans.. don't have for Cam. Because they don't feel shafted by Cam Newton... they don't pay any attention to him. Only Panther fans are tracking every move that Andrew Luck because their feelings are still hurt.
Andrew Luck is a great QB... but so is Cam Newton. They both have weaknesses and they both have areas of strength.
But here is where the comparisons end. Andrew Luck has what Cam has failed to get after 3 years... support.
The Colts are built around Andrew Luck's abilities. Because they know how to support a quarterback (see Peyton Manning). This organization has not given Cam what he needs to succeed. And as much as I think that Luke is a wonderful captain of the defense... Cam has NOT been provided with the tools or the personnel that can maximize his strengths. Two offensive coordinators with two different philosophies... retiring o-line, new WR corps (who wasn't that good anyway)....
Having said that... we're still 3-2 on top of the NFC South. Cam has played hurt and the defense has been off-track. Cam's numbers will not look like Andrew Lucks numbers this year because he's missed a game, played hurt, offensive side of the ball has suffered injuries to RB's and receivers... with a spotty line at best.... ??
I don't care about Andrew Luck. I stopped caring about him the minute we drafted our quarterback. Worry about what who we have and putting our team in a consistent position to succeed.
Doing to Andrew Luck what everybody else does to Cam wont change anything.
I watched the NFLN piece everyone is flipping out about.. and it was probably the worst piece of journalism I have seen in a long time. If you go back and listen to it... they're using things that don't have anything to do with him to criticize him. I've never seen them compliment someone as a means to undermine them.
"He's getting hit, they can't catch, his defense isn't good anymore." ---- Irrelevant.
He then goes to site press conferences clips from Cam's Rookie year as a means to character assassinate him.
He brings up QB's who are supposed to be better, but are beneficiaries of better teams with systems that utilize their strengths.
Quote: "Andrew Luck, (of course), 11 game winning drives" - As if that is a leap of accomplishment.
When questioned about what he says, he then says, "I am being unfair, and I acknowledge as much."
We keep hearing this critique of #1 QB picks and the expectations for them to lead their team to a championship.... but I wanted to shed some light on this something the media doesn't like to use... facts.
Out of the 78 years of the NFL draft:
-26 QBs have been selected #1 overall (33% of total #1 draft picks)
-Of those QB's 9 of them have won an NFL Championship/Superbowl (34.61% of QBS selected #1) (Combined for 17 in all.)
-5 of those QBS have multiple Superbowls (T.Bradshaw -4, T. Aikman- 3, J. Elway -2, E. Manning- 2, J. Plunkett- 2) making -up 76% of the Superbowls won the 9 QBs who won SBs.
39 #1 draft picks have made it to at least one probowl out of 78 first picks. (about 50%) (edited)
Of all positions, 19 picks in the draft since 1937, won the Heisman trophy. (24% of all players) 7 of those trophy winners were QBS. Of those 7, only Jim Plunkett has won a Superbowl (2)
5 #1 draft picks of all players in all positions have won rookie of the year (Earl Campbell 78, Billy Sims 80, George Rogers 81, Sam Bradford '10, Cam Newton '11) - Only George Rogers has a superbowl ring - with the Washington Redskins '88 (He was drafted by the saints in '81)
How many QBs' taken as the #1 draft pick, winning the Heisman trophy have won a superbowl? None... Because there have only been two.... Sam Bradford and Cam Newton.
My point is that the critique they make against Cam Newton should be critiques that they make against an organization that has only been to the Superbowl once in 20 years. The #1 draft picks who have seen success winning have been players that had teams that built for the long haul.
Of the QBs taken #1 in the draft
It took Terry Bradshaw 5 years to win his first SB.
Jim Plunkett was drafted by the Patriots, but it took him 10 years to win a Superbowl with a Raiders team that had already been to the Superbowl a few times.
Troy Aikman was drafted in 89, but didn't win his first superbowl until 93.
Peyton Manning took 9 years to win his first and only Super Bowl.
It took John Elway 15 years to win a Superbowl.
Out of the of 5 of those guys, 4 of them have won multiple superbowls... and the one who hasn't is only being called the greatest QB of all time... Peyton Manning.
The whole point is this...
The reason Panther fans flip out about this type of criticism is because frankly, our team has never really been paid much attention to. Since drafting Cam, the Panthers have been a consistent media target. It's just not in the way that we wanted it. Remember how Lebron James became the "villain" of the NBA. The NFL has it's heel in Cam Newton. And I don't mean "bad guy" in the sense of a Ray Rice type situation... but the guy they get to pick on because of his ability. The reason Cam gets this kind of hate is because he actually is that great. His numbers speak for themselves.
But here's the last of the numbers game:
In Dave Gettleman's tenure in the NFL the organizations he's been apart of have been to a total of 7 superbowls
4 with the Bills
1 with the Broncos (won)
2 with the Giants (won) Both against the Dynastic Patriots
3 out of 7 aint bad when you've only been to one.
Its never been solely the responsibility of a #1 draft pick (of any position) to lead his team to victory... they seldom do. Its the responsibility of the organization to put the team in positions to succeed. Don't chase every media roadrunner off of the cliff. We were in a rebuilding process last year and we weren't supposed to make the playoffs. That process is still in the making... of Champions.
When you're in a relationship with a woman.... you overlook her flaws because she performs.
When the relationship is over, you can be honest about her BS because you don't have to deal with it anymore. We got a new girl and a good thing going. Doesn't mean you hate ole girl... just means she's not in the picture... you don't care what she does...
Until that awkward moment when yall see each other having dinner at a restaurant with your new boo.
Steve Smith is that girl. Sunday is that dinner....
Cam Newton gets accused of saying something racists against another black player... by a largely white media which has pretty much showed a racial bias towards him as a QB since he's been in the league???
Now THAT is some Cocaine Kool-Aid.
Im actually getting tired of Cam trying so hard to be squeaky clean. Not that it isn't genuine...
Its just that when Steve Smith used to say what he wanted, and start fights... He was praised as a warrior, a firey competitor...
If Cam puts a towel on his head... He's a selfish immature thug
Im over it. Another Bullet in the chamber. #Keeppounding
cam's Rookie Campaign... offense avg 25 pts a game/ def allows 26 pts a game (6-10 record)
2nd season (The imaginary slump) ... offense avg 22 pts a game/ def allows 22.6 pts a game (7-9 record)
3rd season (The "Maturation").... 23.75 pts a game, def allows 13.1 pts a game)
I put these numbers up here so you guys could see a few things.
1.) The whole idea of Cam "doing it alone" was real. And not all because he had to... but in part because there has been much experimentation about how Cam should be used... And I think Mike Shula is starting to get it.
2.) I love how Stephen A Smith and the others are saying how They're winning because of the defense like its a revelation. Of course we're winning because of Defense! Thats what football is all about... We score and we stop you from scoring... dummies. In season 1 & 2, we were giving up as many points a game as were scoring, and slightly more. This puts too much pressure on a QB to try to win close games. But I think the experience was good for Cam. Against the Patriots, the Niners, and the Dolphins... those are games we would have lost in the past.
3.) The fact that this Defense is playing so many rookies... and is STILL the best D in the league is SCARY! Gettleman is building this team the right way... towards a Superbowl. In 2 years... this D cuts its points allowed in half. And Thats phenomenal.
4.) 2014 Draft Class in my opinion should be about protecting Cam... and WR.
I'm too young to remember. Did the media/fans hate Deion Sanders when he was dancing and wearing doo rags? As a child I loved Deion and I bet Cam did to. You see the same showmanship. The same child like excitement. Some people are in a box and anything outside the box irritates them to no end.
No, Deion was loved by the media... they loved Primetime.
They loved Clinton Portis... with all of his clownish antics...
And as much as love Steve Smith... he's a JERK to people on other teams... I remember when Steve Smith actually would get in fights in training camp with OUR own players.
Its not that the media doesnt like athletes being a "character." I think it has to do with the position that Cam Newton plays. The QB position is looked at as having to be a leader on the field, off the field, and with the media. Its almost a political thing.
Cam's issues with the media go back to his college days... When asked about his father before getting on the bus... his coach stopped him from answering questions. That critique carried over into him getting drafted and into his first few years of the league. The media HATES that they have totally missed it on Cam.... about his talent, about his character, and about our team. They cant keep coming back saying.... We really got it wrong.... So they have to make it seem like... "Cam's finally getting it."
Steve Smith gets a first down... he's getting up, spinning the ball and cursing everybody out. I remember a few years back after every touchdown Smitty scored... he had a different touchdown dance... and some of them were pretty offensive. Steve gets in a fight almost every game... and he's praised for being a firey competitor.
Cam gets the first down, and points the first down.... Gets a touchdown, smiles and does the superman... and gives the ball away to more kids (more than Jake Delhomme EVER did).... and he's immature and selfish.
Im going to leave it for you to think about... because its not just hate.... its not just race... but if you start denying the factors... you're an idiot.
And I happen to love the whole "Discount Doublecheck" thing.
-Its 4th and Inches in MY HOUSE, And Im not going for it... when I have the option of running it with D-Will, Tolbert, or I have a 240 LB 6,5 QB who led the team in rushing yards last year.
-Theres no way in the world that I NOT punch somebody. The Frank Alexander punch wasnt that big of a deal. And the only reason YOU have a problem with it, is because it got him thrown out. If we run the footage of how many punches, pushes, kicks 89 has thrown... we might be sitting here for awhile. Its football... and thats why they wear helmets.
- Theres no way in the world that the guy who leads the NFL in preseason INTS DOESNT Start. Whats the lesson here? Yes he takes risks... but its the perfect way to play when you have the kind of front 7 that we have.
- Theres no way in the world that I blame this game on Cam. I was waiting for it and surely enough... it wouldnt take long.... The fun boys have found a way to make this game about Cam's mental make-up, his footwork, or how he shouldve thrown the ball softer so that his guys would have held on to it.
-There's no way I go into the Half with 3 timeouts, the ball, and not take a shot at getting in field goal range. Cam is one of the leagues leaders in 20+ yardage completions. Use what you have.
- Armond Smith!! "You couldnt smooth a silk sheet if you had a hot date with a babe..... Lost my train of thought." (Seinfeld. Festivus Episode. youtube it.)
-Theres no way in the world that we go into next week with this patchy offensive line. It actually takes time for certain routes to develop so that ... O Wait... that makes too much sense. I shouldnt post it.
1st Down, run. 2nd Down, run, 3rd down, pass. 4th down. Punt (with a penalty.) Mike Shula... whose your daddy?? John Fox?
-There's no way in the world that I start losing my marbles over this game. Not because Seattle is a good team... but because I really believe we're equally as good, if not better. We had entirely too many mental mistakes, breakdowns, dropped passes.... and those ungodly fumbles. This game was going to come down to "Who F'ed up last." And F'ed in this instance ... means fumbled.
- Theres no way in the world that I NOT let Deangelo take the blame for this game. He's a grown man... and He makes alot of money. Sure its a team sport... but your team didnt fumble the ball at the 8 yard line. We love D-Will, but if you hold on to the ball... we win the game.