Cam Newton is certainly a top 10 QB in the NFL. He proved that in 2013. However, his 12-4 campaign in 2013 was not enough to convince the editors over at Cover32.com. First off their QB rankings loses all credibility when you hit number 5 on the list, Eli Manning. Yes you heard that right, after a season in which Eli completed more passes to the opposing team than his own receivers, Cover 32 still considers him an elite quarterback. Eli should be lucky to sniff the top 20, especially considering the receiving talent he has around. So where does Cam Newton rank? 13th.
Let me just list a few of the guys ranked ahead of Superman. At 12 we have Andy Dalton, a guy who half the city of Cincinnati doesn’t even consider a top 15 QB. Take away A.J. Green and Andy Dalton is a bottom tier quarterback in the NFL. At number 11 is Phillip Rivers. Rivers is a solid QB, don’t get me wrong but he plays in a weak defensive division and still makes too many errors. He also has a stable of weapons compared to the ones Cam has in Charlotte. Imagine Keenan Allen on the Panthers. At number 10 we have Matthew Stafford. Yes he is a great QB and probably deserving of a top 10, but Cam Newton is still superior to Stafford. Stafford’s big selling point is his arm strength, but Cam can throw the ball further while falling to the ground than most quarterbacks can standing upright. He may have the strongest arm in the entire NFL. Also having a guy like Megatron to throw to will help mask deficiencies in a quarterback’s game. Cam Newton paired with Calvin Johnson would be unstoppable.
At number 9 they have Ben Roethlisberger. Maybe if it was 5 years ago I could accept this, but Big Ben is past his prime. The hits he has taken in his career are piling up and I just do not see Ben as a top 10 quarterback anymore. Pittsburgh lost their elite defense and they haven’t been in the playoffs since. At number 8 is Tony Romo. Romo is a great QB but he too makes too many mistakes. He is not completely to blame, as Dallas has not had a scrap of defense during Tony’s tenure. Still Romo finds ways to make terrible throws and pick sixes that cost his team the game. Every GM in the league would take Cam Newton over Tony Romo, including Jerry Jones. So take out everyone I just listed ahead of Cam, besides Stafford, and he should be considered a top 10 QB, easily.
Cam Newton deserves to be in the top 10 of everybody’s quarterback rankings. His first 3 seasons have been the most productive statistically of any quarterback ever. He’s broken just about every passing and rushing record for a quarterback in that span and now he has found out what it takes to win in the NFL. Doubters like the ones at Cover32 are what fuel Cam Newton. He has been working tirelessly since the Panthers playoff loss to the 49ers to become better and put the Panthers in position to win a Superbowl. I’m saying it here first, Cam Newton will have his best season as a pro in 2014 and there won’t be anything left to doubt about Superman. For the complete list of Cover32’s QB rankings click here.