Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 12:25 am

Yes, we Cam

Filed under: Panthers — Lex @ 12:25 am
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Was curious about whether Cam Newton really got snubbed for the Pro Bowl, so I checked NFL.COM stats. I learned that through Week 16, his NFC ranking was:

– 9th in QB rating (which factors in a lot of affirmative stats as well as how well you avoid mistakes)
– 10th in completion percentage
– 7th in passing yards
– 7th in passing touchdowns

So, no, I don’t think you can say he was snubbed.

However, he did accomplish some remarkable things. In addition to the NFL record for rushing touchdowns by a QB and passing yards by a rookie QB, he also ranks 20th overall, and 2nd among QBs behind Vick, in rushing yards per game, and 2nd overall in rushing TDs with 14.

One other interesting fact: In Newton, Williams and Stewart, the Panthers had three backs who each carried the ball 100+ times and averaged more than 5 yards per carry. If any other NFC team did that this year, I missed it. In fact, I may be wrong, but that might be a first in NFL history. Anyone know? That speaks not only to the talent of those backs but also to the hard work of the offensive line, only one of whose members, Ryan Kalil, is going to the Pro Bowl.


  1. No, that was not an NFL first, and I’ll tell you why.

    Wait, that’s not it, I was thinking about something else. I got all these things twirling around in my head.

    Comment by Jane — Wednesday, December 28, 2011 7:42 pm @ 7:42 pm

  2. I know the feeling.

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, December 28, 2011 7:49 pm @ 7:49 pm

  3. I haven’t looked, but if you mix in his running stats with those passing stats where does that overall performance place him, especially when compared to Eli Manning? Pro Bowl or not, Newton had one helluva season.

    Comment by Jon Lowder — Thursday, December 29, 2011 11:42 am @ 11:42 am

  4. Newton had seven more total touchdowns. And, yeah, he had an incredible year. But in none of the categories normally used to assess QB performance was he in the top 3 – or even close.

    Of course, that raises a question: are the categories used still appropriate in an era of Cam Newton and Michael Vick? Arguably not. But to judge from the voting, two-thirds of which is by players and coaches, that notion has yet to take hold. Perhaps if the Panthers had held onto a couple more of those fourth-quarter leads, it would have.

    Oh, well, maybe next year.

    Comment by Lex — Thursday, December 29, 2011 12:13 pm @ 12:13 pm

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