Thursday, September 22, 2011

Warner's Top 5 QB's Leaves Newton Out

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Ex-stud-QB Kurt Warner was on the NFL network this morning talking about who he thought were the five most impressive QB's of the first two weeks of the NFL season. In addition to the usual Brady-Brees-Rogers lovefest (totally deserved), the segment gives Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills fans something to feel good about, as Warner gave props to Matthew Stafford and Ryan Fitzpatrick for getting off to a torrid start this season.

One player missing from Warner's assessment was the wonder rookie Cam Newton, so I figured I'd do a blog post to give the man his due.

So without any further ado, here is Newton's due:

The 22-year-old became just the 7th NFL player to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games, when he threw for 422 against the Cardinals and 432 against the Packers in weeks one and two. To do that in your first two weeks as a pro is just insane, and there's plenty more impressive stats where that came from.

In Newton's first two games he became the second and third youngest player to record 400 yard passing games. Oh, yeah, there's more.

The 6'5" 248-pounder from College Park, Ga. is the new owner of the record for most passing yards in a game by a rookie, and he's currently second in the NFL in passing yards, first in completions of over 20 yards and second in completions of 40 yards or more.

In short, the guy can chuck the rock. He can float the duck. Yup, he's good alright. Sure, he's been intercepted four times (he's just a baby after all), and he's had some trouble in the red zone too. And yes, rookie quarterbacks are having more success in general in the NFL these days, but still, I think Newton is worth some honorable mention from Warner for his achievements of the first two weeks of the NFL campaign (let's not forget the draft shortened rookie preparations, so we might see Newton's improvement accelerate in the next few weeks).

But even after all those wonderful records for Newton, he sorely lacks the only stat that truly counts: Wins. The top 5 in a statistical category is one thing, but the top 5 in wins is entirely another.

Newton will be looking for his first NFL win on Sunday when he faces fellow rookie Blaine Gabbert, who will be making his first career start for Jacksonville.

If he can throw for 400 yards AND GET THE WIN, I'm sure Kurt Warner will be talking about him next week.