How is Cam Newton considered any better then say, Tim Tebow as a QB?
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Cam Newton threw for 35 touchdowns, 3800 yards, and only ten interceptions. He ran for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns. He led his team to four fourth quarter comebacks against teams like Seattle and New Orleans. His dual running and passing threat made him hard to defend against, and he led his team to 15-1 record. You say that he didn't really face anybody throughout the year, but in the playoffs, Carolina crushed both Seattle and Arizona, teams who many saw as potential Super Bowl attendees. All of this was accomplished with the leading receiver of the past year injured.
Cam had a bad game, sure, but it was the team's second trip to the Super Bowl and Cam's first, and they were playing the league's best defense. Even the fact that he took his team to the Super Bowl, and for a majority of the game was the only offense Carolina had, is proof enough of his ability.
Tim Tebow, on the other hand, never made it to the Super Bowl. He led a lackluster team with lackluster play.
At the beginning of the year, the Falcons actually had the easiest schedule. And while the combined record of Panther's opponents is sub .500, this year has been pretty bad across the league. There are 19 teams who went 8-8 or worse. Compare that to the 16-0 Patriots, where 15 teams didn't have winning records. With two games left in the season, the Panthers' opponents were .444. The 16-0 Patriots' opponents were .469 (1).
The Panthers led the league in points per game, and Cam led that offense. When did Tim Tebow do that?
On one hand you could say the Panthers did nothing in the second half and might have lost. On the other hand, the Panthers beat the Seahawks with 2 quarters where Seattle couldn't win with 4. In the Arizona game, the Panthers started strong and didn't let up. There are a myriad of reasons why Panthers didn't win against Denver. The play calling was atrocious (I can't tell you how many times they started off with the same, ineffective run), the O-Line let Cam get hit way too much, and the special teams play was lacking. Not to mention it's hard to win a game where the refs make a number of horrible calls. That fumble recovered for a touchdown? Wouldn't have happened if on the previous play the refs correctly ruled that the Panthers' receiver had caught the ball.
You say Cam shouldn't be MVP, right? Then who? The vote was pretty much decided before the year ended. Brady was good this year, but he didn't do anything spectacular. As you said, the Cardinals pretty much imploded the last week of the year and didn't really regain their momentum.
Cam's not just the MVP of this year, he's shaping up to be the head of the NFL if he can keep this up.
Russel Wilson's team recovered, sure, but they also started 2-4 as you said. Seahawks also have a stellar defense that even has its own nickname. Cam Newton has a team without remarkable receivers, where the lead guy has only 640 some yards, and they've put up more points per game than anybody else. He's scored a total of 45 touchdowns this year. He's not only a scrambler, as he can execute designed run plays. Cam Newton has improved his throwing and refined his running; he almost had a perfect, undefeated season; he's put up the stats to be a contender for MVP; and he made it to the Super Bowl. Tim Tebow? He was a college quarterback that could never find any real success in the league, let alone consistent success. Cam, on the other hand, won the BCS championship with Auburn, and he's led a team to the Super Bowl. This wasn't Cam's first trip to the playoffs either, and I doubt it'll be his last.
Cam deserved his MVP win, and Tim Tebow isn't even in the same league as him anymore. Literally. I don't even think Tebow is signed with a team.
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