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December 15, 2011

Steve Smith: Tebow does not compare to Newton

Count Panthers receiver Steve Smith among those who aren't fawning over Denver quarterback Tim Tebow.

While acknowledging Tebow's run of fourth-quarter comebacks, Smith said he'd still take Panthers rookie Cam Newton over Tebow any day.

You can't compare Cam to Tebow. I think Cam's a more complete player,” Smith said. “Tebow has the wins. But everybody wants to crown Tebow. Yes, he has the will to win. I think Tebow is no different than any other professional. But Tebow has a great opportunity to play behind a great defense.”

Denver ranks 19th in total defense, not much higher than Carolina (24).

Smith also took exception with characterizations of Tebow as a versatile quarterback.

Versatile would mean you can throw the ball very accurately, run the ball, create things. And the only thing he's creating is running,” Smith said. “He isn't very accurate. You watch him, I don't think 3-for-10 (after) three quarters is a versatile quarterback.”

Actually, Tebow was 3-for-16 passing headed into the fourth quarter last week before rallying the Broncos to a 13-10 overtime win against Chicago.

It was Tebow's fifth, game-winning drive in the fourth quarter this year, and his sixth in 11 career starts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no one has more game-winning drives in his first 11 starts than Tebow.

Tebow has won seven of eight games this season since John Fox made him the starter.

Meanwhile, Newton has engineered one fourth-quarter comeback – in a 16-10 win over Jacksonville in Week 3.

But Newton is on pace to break Peyton Manning's rookie passing record and two weeks ago broke Steve Grogan's 35-year-old record for rushing touchdowns among quarterbacks with 13.

For anyone asking him to compare Newton and Tebow, Smith had this response: “Come check me out in five years, jack, and you'll know who's the better quarterback. Three-for-10 ain't gonna get it.”

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on December 15, 2011 at 02:53 PM | Permalink


Thank you for your honesty, Mr Smith. Steve said what most of America thinks but is afraid to say it.

Posted by: Nosebleed Fan | Dec 15, 2011 3:08:32 PM

Amen Steve!!

Posted by: jiyugh | Dec 15, 2011 3:15:28 PM

I have nothing against Tebow, he is having a remarkable season, but Smitty is right, Cam is better.

Posted by: Imissbillrosinski | Dec 15, 2011 3:15:56 PM

Also Tebow/Denver has a very good kicker. Just look at what happened last week to get into the OT versus what happened to the Panthers in the same situation. I really enjoy watching the Tebow story and comeback wins, but I'd take Cam over Tebow any day of the week because the defense and kicker at Carolina have to bear the brunt of the blame for the loses.

Posted by: ashuping | Dec 15, 2011 3:18:22 PM

That's the craziest question "Comparing Cam Newton to Tim Tebow," I would say that one QB does have a DEFENSE and the other is "Roping the Wind." If the Panther had half the defense that Denver has we would be pushing the New Orleans Saint out of the Playoffs.

What Joe Person, the writer of this column forgot to mention, is that the Panthers OFFENSE is ranked much higher than Denver's offense. That is the only reason for the 4 wins, this year.

Posted by: southernboyjj | Dec 15, 2011 3:19:07 PM

One thing Cam could learn from Tebow is how to avoid throwing interceptions. That's the biggest reason Tebow is winning, he isn't turning the ball over, unlike Cam. Once Cam gets his turnover bug under control, he's going to be a fantastic player.

Posted by: Curry | Dec 15, 2011 3:20:20 PM

4-9 enough said

Posted by: astroturf | Dec 15, 2011 3:23:33 PM

Okay, do the writers on this site do any homework?

1. You imply that Carolina's D is not much worse than Denver's--you mean with 3 of Carolina's defensive starters on injured reserve? And you don't think 7 more points a game--a full touchdown worse--is that big a difference? Most of the Panther losses this year have been by a touchdown or less.

2. It's not about the numerical rankings of the D, it's how they play when the chips are down--and the Panther's defense has the worst 4th quarter performance drop-off in the league.

3. Also, when Denver is winning games 13-10, surely you realize this is primarily defense and special teams. The denver O does its part, but they are not the primary force behind the win. An offense (like Denver) that can't score for 3 quarters is not a very good offense.

4. Our offense is ranked 5th. (But hey, why should that matter to Charlotte sports writers?)

5. Scores/results vs. Bears and Lions, which both Carolina and Denver played:

vs. Lions - Denver loses 45-10, Panthers lose 49-35
vs. Bears - Denver wins 13-10 (w/o Cutler and Forte), Panthers lose 34-29 (w/Cutler and Forte)

You writers at CO aren't very knowledgeable and you refuse to write in favor of your own QB--instead citing stats that make it look as if he is worse.

If the question is which team is better, it's Denver.
If the question is which QB is better, it's Cam Newton.

Get a clue, guys.

Posted by: Gary | Dec 15, 2011 3:23:40 PM

I'm going to step out on a limb here... Watch Denver beat New England this Sunday... I'm not a fan of Tebow and the unconventional play, but New England's gonna get caught napping.... After Sunday, Tebow will get the league's rookie MVP....

Posted by: Mark Johns II | Dec 15, 2011 3:24:35 PM

Tebow is a great leader. Cam? Ehhh not so much. Superman needs to quit throwing so many picks.

Posted by: Peter | Dec 15, 2011 3:26:02 PM

lots of talk..........until Cam wins a lot of games it doesn't really matter, and I think he will agree with me on that. He will be a good qb for quite some time, I just hope Hurney makes moves to help the overall team.....not junk like armanti, clausen, etc

Posted by: Ace Juniper | Dec 15, 2011 3:27:07 PM

And Tebow is not going to take as many chances, becasue he knows Elway is ready to yank him and draft their franchise qb at any time. Cam knows he's the man, so he can take chances. It hurts us from time to time now, but he will learn from it. Smitty says check it in 5 years. I give it two max. We are on the way.

Posted by: YeahRight | Dec 15, 2011 3:27:25 PM

Memo to Mark Johns II

Tebow isn't a rookie: He played in 9 games last season and has started 8 this season.

He's not up for rookie of the year (there is no rookie MVP, only Offenseive ROY and Defensive DROY)

Posted by: Gary | Dec 15, 2011 3:30:29 PM

I know one thing, Tebow is making Fox look like the coach of the year!

Posted by: BONEHEAD TOM!!! | Dec 15, 2011 3:32:45 PM

Newton is great and all, but statistics are for losers, final scores are for winners

Posted by: Brandon | Dec 15, 2011 3:32:52 PM

Tebow throws one TD pass per game with 2 seconds on the clock and he is America's heroe.......Sounds alot like Jake Gohomme to me.

This scenario is going to play out Denver just like it did in Carolina. John Fox had us fooled when we used to win games by a last second field goal on a regular basis. Covering up the fact that we had one of the worst QB's in the NFL.

Posted by: Smitty | Dec 15, 2011 3:35:10 PM

I'm glad that at least Gary knows what he's talking about.

Posted by: Roaring Riot | Dec 15, 2011 3:44:22 PM

I love Tebow and the Tebow story. I think it's awesome.

But I'd rather have Cam. Hands down, no question. Cam's time will come when he gets a defense that can make plays and he doesn't have to be perfect (i.e., all wins have come in games with no turnovers) for the Panthers to win.

I also don't think that acknowledging and recognizing the unique elements of the Tebow story is in any way diminishing Cam.

Posted by: ac | Dec 15, 2011 3:44:34 PM

Not even close.

Posted by: Mike P | Dec 15, 2011 3:46:58 PM

Hey, lets all quit praising Smith for saying something other than give me the ball or its all about me. Stevie is jealous of the fame that Cam has got so he knocks Tim, and now all you losers pile on. Tim and Cam stars are rising and ole Steve is fading and soon to fade thank goodness!!!!

Posted by: Mark | Dec 15, 2011 3:49:11 PM

What's he supposed to say? That he prefers a different QB than the one he has? It's a results driven league and Tebow has the wins. Newton hasn't proven he can do that with similar talent.

Newton couldn't beat Tebow out at UF. Then he couldn't go to class or keep from stealing a laptop. So he was asked to leave. Let's see, who would I pick - a high character guy that has actually proven he's a winner in the NFL or a guy with a questionable background that is still learning how to win? Tough choice.

Posted by: Brown | Dec 15, 2011 3:51:58 PM

Brown, is that your name or just the color of what is coming out of your mouth? I wonder if you ever played sports, especially team sports. You see football is a team sport. In order to win, all aspects of your team must win that aspect. Right now, the Panthers offense in the ONLY aspect that is winning. 1 dude cannot beat 52 dudes. As you saw last week when Denvers defense had a pick six late in the game that gave Denver the opportunity to kick a FG and win. Its really pretty simple and anyone with any sort of football intelligence can see that is the problem. Last time I checked, scoring 30 points a game is a good thing and with most teams, it's a W. But most teams have an average defense, unlike the Panthers. And when your defense is giving up almost a TD more than what you score, you're going to lose games. I wonder if people like you will be back saying the same thing next year, because I can guarantee you our defense will not be as bad next year.

Posted by: Mike P | Dec 15, 2011 4:06:46 PM

@Brown | Dec 15, 2011 3:51:58 PM

You're the dumbest CO subscriber, I have ever seen. You bash both QB's in an article that is just trying to make light of two different style QB's. One is breaking records and the other is just WINNING. Why not stay on track with the article or shut your pie-hole!!!

Posted by: southernboyjj | Dec 15, 2011 4:11:23 PM

It's a team sport...maybe Cam has more wins if his kicker doesn't shank critical chip-shot field goals on multiple occasions. All the while Tebow's kicker is drilling 59 (one of the best kicks of the last few years) and 51-yarder.

Posted by: RQ | Dec 15, 2011 4:12:46 PM

Tebow is so good the league will make a new award called the "Rookie MVP" and give it to him. The fact that he isn't a rookie makes no difference. The Chosen One trancends your mortal titles.

Posted by: PantherBeeleever | Dec 15, 2011 4:16:22 PM

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