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Mike Florio: I Don’t Think Cam Is A Franchise Quarterback

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Mike Florio from ProFootballtalk.com and NBC Sports joins the guys for his weekly Wednesday interview to discuss the Panthers-49ers game, including the penalties, Cam failing and the momentum swings. The big discussion point turned into a discussion of what makes a franchise QB and whether or not Cam qualifies at this point.
Some comments from Florio on the ‘Cam is a franchise QB’ discussion:
I don’t think [Cam] is. There aren’t many franchise quarterbacks. Now, you can be one, based on how you’re paid. Matthew Stafford is a franchise quarterback, even though he’s never done anything in the postseason, and he doesn’t really want to be one. He is because of his contract. So it’s either your contract or your accomplishments, right now Cam has neither.
If you’re a team with a top five draft pick this year and you had a choice between using that pick on a rookie wage scale controlled contract or paying a ton of money to Cam Newton, I think teams would be inclined to take their chances on a low cost rookie. If you get that wrong, you can fix it. If you pay a guy a ton of money and you get that wrong, it’s very hard to fix it.
[Cam's] ceiling may very well be, get to the playoffs and fail to win. When Joe Montana got to the playoffs the first time, what did he do? I think it was his 3rd year (it was), he rose to the occasion and carried the team to a Super Bowl win. I don’t care what you do in the regular season, you have to do enough to get yourself to the postseason and Cam did enough to get his team to the number two seed, but then you can’t waste it by losing it at home. I don’t care who it is that comes in and plays. I don’t care what the officials are doing to you. It’s on the quarterback. Until you win in the postseason or until someone grossly overpays you, even though you haven’t won in the postseason, you can’t apply that label of franchise quarterback.
Florio also weighs in on Ron Rivera and Greg Hardy’s future with the Panthers, takes shots at the old man and Rob Ryan’s chances of getting a head coaching job.


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