Someone needs to call the police, because Cam Newton has been robbed. On Tuesday night when I saw which quarterbacks were selected to the Pro Bowl, I couldn’t have been any more shocked to see that Newton wasn’t selected. “What in the what, how did this happen?”
The three quarterbacks that will represent the NFC in the 2012 Pro Bowl will be Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Eli Manning. There is no argument that Rodgers and Brees shouldn’t be in there. Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 4,643 yards this season. He has rushed for 257 yards. He has led his team to a 14-1 record. Most amazingly he has thrown for 45 touchdowns and rushed for three. Those are video game numbers. Rodgers has accumulated a QB rating of 122.5 this season. His season is nothing short of MVP contention and could be considered one of the greatest seasons by a quarterback of all time.
Drew Brees brings a respectable resume to the table as well, and just this past Monday night he surpassed Dan Marino’s record by throwing 5,087 yards this season. The Saints boast an impressive 12-3 record. Brees has thrown for 41 touchdowns this year and rushed for one. His completion rating is mind-blowing: 440-622 for a staggering 70.7 percent. Just think about that – 70 percent. I can’t even think of something I am that good at where if I tried it 622 times I would be able to do it correctly 70 percent of the time. I take no issue with Brees being in the Pro Bowl. In fact, I would be shocked – and I mean waking up with my head sewn to the carpet shocked (sorry, had to throw in a Christmas Vacation reference) – if neither Rodgers nor Brees were representing the NFC in the Super Bowl.
Now that brings us to Eli. Let me start off by saying that I take no issue with Eli as a quarterback. In fact, a lot of times I think the younger Manning should get more credit for what he does on the field than he gets from week to week. But, there is no way I could see putting him in the Pro Bowl over Cam Newton this year. Let’s look at Manning’s numbers for the year. He has thrown for 4,587 yards, which is quite impressive – he is only 56 yards behind Rodgers, and 500 behind Brees. He has 26 passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. He also sports a QB rating of 90.3 and a completion percentage of 60.3. However, Manning has 16 interceptions on the year and has only accumulated one rushing yard throughout the course of the season. The Giants are only a mere 8-7 on the season, and depending on the outcome of the game versus Dallas on Sunday night may or may not make the playoffs. Now does he deserve to be in the Pro Bowl over names like Michael Vick, Tony Romo, and Matt Ryan? Absolutely. Does he deserve to make it over Cam Newton? No (there are some adjectives I would like to include with that no but since this is a family blog and I know my Grandma reads it, we’ll leave it at no).
Let’s compare Cam’s numbers for the year to Manning’s. Newton has thrown 3,893 yards this year. He has 20 passing touchdowns, a completion percentage of 60.0 and 16 interceptions on the year. Now other than the fact that Manning has 694 more yards passing, the numbers are pretty much the same. Eli has led his team to an 8-7 record while Cam has only been able to reach 6-9. Answer me this, though: if the Giants lose to Dallas on Sunday, are those two more wins really that big of a difference? I can assure you that to Giants fans that record will mean nothing more than a lower draft pick than what the Panthers have. Now on the running side of the ball, Manning and Newton aren’t even in the same book, same shelf, same Dewey Decimal System or even same library. Manning’s one yard and one touchdown don’t even come close to Newton’s 674 yards and 14 touchdowns. So as far as total touchdowns go, Cam has 34 versus Eli’s 27.
Might I also point out that Cam broke Peyton Manning’s record for most passing yards in a rookie season. He broke the record for most passing yards by a rookie in his debut game with 422 yards. He has the record for most passing yards by a quarterback in his first two games with 854. He was the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 400 yards in his first career start, and he has the most rushing touchdowns in a single season by a quarterback period, not just for a rookie. Just to put in perspective what his rushing numbers alone are like, he has more rushing touchdowns than 21 NFL teams. Not 21 NFL players, 21 NFL teams. He is second in the league to only LeSean McCoy in rushing touchdowns for the year for any position.
This season has been truly magical for Cam Newton and well deserving of a Pro Bowl, and in my opinion Rookie of the Year honors as well. I am more than teed off that I won’t get to see a Pro Bowl towel over the head of Cam on the sidelines in Hawaii. I am considering calling John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted to see if he can help with any information in the theft of Cam Newton’s Pro Bowl.