A recent analysis was done with the quarterbacks of the NFL where the statistical quotient of three separate places quarterback rankings were averaged out to see where each signal caller ranks. Cam Newton’s ranking wasn’t bad or good.
The three categories used in this ranking were the regular Quarterback Ranking, ESPN’s Total QBR, which makes adjustments for how a quarterback does in the clutch and with the game on the line, and Football Outsiders’ DYAR, or Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement.
According to the metrics, Cam rated as the 15th-best quarterback in the NFL for the 2012 season. His average ranking was 15.00, having ranked No. 15 in QB Rating, 16 in Total QBR and 14 in DYAR.
At first glance, you may think that sounds a bit low, but when you look at the people above him, it seems close to being right.
Here’s the list of those that rated better than him:
14 – Matthew Stafford (14.66 average rating); 13 – Matt Schaub (11.66); 12 – Eli Manning (11.00); 11 – Ben Roethlisberger (9.66); 10 – Tony Romo (9.66); 9 – Alex Smith (8.33); 8 – Colin Kaepernick (7.66); 7 – Russell Wilson (6.66); 6 – Drew Brees (6.66); 5 – Robert Griffin III (6.66); 4 – Matt Ryan (4.66); 3 – Aaron Rodgers (3.33); 2 – Tom Brady (3.00); 1 – Peyton Manning (1.66).
The other playoff quarterbacks rated as such:
17 – Joe Flacco; 18 – Andy Dalton; 20 – Andrew Luck; 21- Christian Ponder.
Now, you make look at the list and think there are a few quarterbacks that you’d rank Cam higher than, such as Smith or Schaub, or even Stafford, but there are many that would take Flacco over Cam. So, at the end of the day, the ranking for Cam as 15th-best quarterback for 2012 seems pretty accurate.