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June 26, 2012

Cam Newton is 15th on Jaws' list of QBs

FcgPP.St.138Ron Jaworski puts Cam Newton in the middle of his NFL quarterback rankings, although “Jaws” believes Newton has top-10 talent.

Jaworski, the former Eagles QB and current ESPN analyst, is breaking down each of the league's starting quarterbacks on Jaws' QB Countdown – good filler during the NFL's slow season before training camps open.

ESPN unveiled Newton on Tuesday as No. 15 among returning quarterbacks. Interestingly, Newton comes in one spot ahead of San Francisco's Alex Smith, who called out Newton last month as a quarterback who racks up gaudy stats without winning much.

Jaworski, who watches a ton of film, picked up on something from the second series of Newton's debut at Arizona – the first of two 400-yard passing games that launched Newton's Rookie of the Year season.

Here is Jaworski's assessment of Newton, followed by the QBs ranked 15-30:

No one is a great quarterback in the NFL because of the way they run. While Cam Newton is certainly a spectacular athlete, that's not why he's number 15 on my big board after his rookie season. He played very well from the pocket. I saw it week one against the Arizona Cardinals. This was the second series of the game. It was 3rd and 7. Newton recognized the blitz, and he changed the protection to account for it.

I must have watched this play 15 times. The blitz was well-disguised. I saw no indicator right here that overload blitz pressure from the backside was coming. Yet Newton saw something, and he slid his offensive line to that side. One essential attribute to reach elite status is the mental ability to recognize and defeat the defense before the snap of the ball. What also stood out was Newton's patience in the pocket and his ability to sit on his back foot and cut it loose. He made seam throws that were firm and required arm strength, yet demanded touch.

Newton hung in the pocket and delivered without flinching. He was very good in the eye of the storm. This kid is a big-time talent. He still needs more experience, but the traits are there to be a special passer. It starts with passing, but his ability to break down the defense with his legs gives him an edge like few have ever had.

The read option in the red zone is an added dimension that Newton brings. His speed is a decisive factor. One element I’ve always talked about discussing Aaron Rodgers is the ability on third down to defeat the man coverage by running. Newton gives you that same quality. That's a real problem for a defense. It limits their coverage concepts. And Newton gets down, out of harm’s way.

From a skillset standpoint, Newton could easily rank higher than 15 on my big board. He's a top 10 talent. He needs more snaps. One year is not enough. But I can't wait to see him in a few months.”

No. 30

Tim Tebow, New York Jets

No. 29

Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars

No. 28

Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings

No. 27

Matt Flynn, Seattle Seahawks

No. 26

Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins

No. 25

Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals

No. 24

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills

No. 23

Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

No. 22

Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs

No. 21

Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders

No. 20

Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams

No. 19

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

No. 18

Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titans

No. 17

Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

No. 16

Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers

No. 15

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Posted by Observer Sports on June 26, 2012 at 01:40 PM | Permalink


Outside of Brady, Rodgers, Brees, Rivers, Eli, a healthy Peyton, and maybe Stafford- who are the 8 guys better than Cam?

Posted by: jrguyiii | Jun 26, 2012 1:57:32 PM

How about 2 time Super Bowl Champ, Big Ben? Or Romo, Vick, Ryan, or Schaub.

Posted by: Captain Obvious | Jun 26, 2012 2:12:53 PM

Well, you just listed 7 guys. I am sure Matt Ryan will be listed ahead of Cam as well as Vick and Roethlisberger.

Posted by: James Reed | Jun 26, 2012 2:16:45 PM

Flacco? And I don't see anyone from the Colts or Redskins. But I think it's funny he had to throw Tebow in there at the bottom. Is he even listed as a QB this year?

Hopefully this will help motivate #1.

Posted by: MW | Jun 26, 2012 2:20:46 PM

Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Manning, Manning, Roethlisberger, Rivers, Romo, Stafford, Vick, Schaub, Ryan, Flacco, Cutler are the 14 guys not listed.

Posted by: J. | Jun 26, 2012 2:24:25 PM

Cam will be in the Top 10 this time next year, expecially after the Panthers win the NFC South. Just sayin'

Posted by: Bruce | Jun 26, 2012 2:38:02 PM

J said it best, those are the 14 guys ahead of Cam.


They have all led teams to the playoffs.

I love Cam, but Jaws said it best when he said he need's more snaps and experience. He was just a rookie last year.

Posted by: Johnnie | Jun 26, 2012 2:41:40 PM

Well said, Johnnie........

Posted by: nasty704 | Jun 26, 2012 3:09:56 PM

romo and cutler better than cam?

give me a freakin break

Posted by: carder | Jun 26, 2012 3:12:01 PM

carder-thumbs up to that!

Posted by: MW | Jun 26, 2012 3:21:36 PM

Until he proves he can lead a team to WINS, he is placed just about right.

Contrary to what the local C.O. yes men say, he is not all that well thought of outside this area. And the Panthers are a laughing stock, much like the Tampa Bay teams of the late 70's. Remember NOT ONE BACK TO BACK WINNING SEASON IN HISTORY. Name any pro sports team at the highest level that has that dubious claim. Still waiting...

Posted by: Inside info | Jun 26, 2012 3:53:01 PM

Well considering the Falcons just got their first back to back winning seasons in 44 years of existence last year, the Panthers not doing it in 17 years isn't that big of a deal....

Oh, and he isn't well thought of outside of Charlotte? LOL, you must be a Bama fan or a fan of NFCS team (probably Falcons).

Posted by: Jon | Jun 26, 2012 4:01:26 PM

The story and his ranking prove my point. Dufus.

Posted by: Inside info | Jun 26, 2012 4:03:21 PM

the question is...who would you trade Cam for?

Notta...i wouldn't trade him for anyone else in the league due to his potential

Posted by: wmartin | Jun 26, 2012 4:08:59 PM

@Inside Info You don't have to go far to name one Pro sports franchise that has never had back-to-back winning seasons... Charlotte (bob)cats anyone?!?

Posted by: anon | Jun 26, 2012 4:10:08 PM

Your point that the Panthers are the laughing stock like the 70s bucs and the "dubious" no back to back winning seasons? How exactly did Jaws prove this? Try to troll harder next time.

Posted by: Jon | Jun 26, 2012 4:13:07 PM

I don't think the Pittsburg Pirates have even had a winning season in like 20 years or something like that.

I love when people just shoot off at the mouth without having a hint of clue of what they are talking about.

And yes, Inside Info, there are ALOT of people talking about Cam Newton. Do you not watch ESPN or any other major sports network?

I guess if you live in Craplanta or the Big Sleazy you wouldn't want to talk about who's going to dominate you for the next 10 years.

Posted by: MW | Jun 26, 2012 4:17:54 PM

There are many ways to get to the playoffs (see Jake Delhomme), the QB may not be the biggest reason why. Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson both won Super Bowls because of their defenses. If this was a true QB ranking based on ability and talent, and not based on their teams' success, then Cam would be ranked higher. Penalizing him because we had a sorry defense and special teams is wrong.

Posted by: jrguyiii | Jun 26, 2012 4:21:41 PM

Cam sucks balls.

Posted by: NFL player | Jun 26, 2012 4:23:27 PM

Smile.....No worries guys. I am outta here after next year no matter what. Thanks for letting me get my mug on the camera. Now time to let this star shine in a real city!!

Posted by: Cam (it's really me!) | Jun 26, 2012 4:26:23 PM

@MW LA Clippers. You don't have to wait anymore.

They had back-to-back winning seasons in Buffalo 74-75 and 75-76, but they've never had consecutive winning seasons as the LA Clippers.

Posted by: Cluntress | Jun 26, 2012 4:34:27 PM

Hey Bama, you still mad cause Cam "rolled damn tide" all over your face?

Posted by: MW | Jun 26, 2012 4:43:20 PM

I list Romo at #6....he's a fantastic QB, just needs a Defense that can hold the field for him. 31 TDs and 10 INTs speak for itself!

Posted by: tim | Jun 26, 2012 4:46:59 PM


Sounding idiotic while being idiotic makes you look... idiotic.

Posted by: Kyla | Jun 26, 2012 4:57:21 PM

I wouldn't trade Cam for many of the 14 guys not listed due to his young age and tremendous potential. Go Panthers!

Posted by: SC Ken | Jun 26, 2012 5:00:24 PM

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