Cam Newton: Panthers QB Is No Slam-Dunk for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Leo FlorkowskiAnalyst IIINovember 14, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 13:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers walks off the field dejected during their game against the Tennessee Titans at Bank of America Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Irrational behavior bothers me to no end. Acting like a mindless sheep bothers me to no end. Irrational, mindless-sheep mentality makes me lose my mind.

The media has tried to brainwash the masses into believing Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers is the slam-dunk Offensive Rookie of the Year. The majority of the unwashed masses have been more than willing to gulp down that tainted teal Kool-Aid.

I am more than willing to admit that Cam Newton has exceeded any and all expectations I had for him going into this year. However, a quick look at statistics will show that not only is this race not a slam dunk for Cam Newton, but if viewed rationally, Cam Newton has no business winning Offensive Rookie of the Year at this point in time.

Cam Newton is not even having the best season of any rookie quarterback. That honor would go to Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals. There are four statistics that matter for measuring quarterbacks: completion percentage, passing yards, touchdowns and interceptions. Cam Newton is ahead of Dalton in passing yards. That is it. Dalton has a higher completion percentage, more passing touchdowns and fewer interceptions.

I do not like pointing to wins and losses as a true comparison tool, but it is worth noting that Cam Newton is only 2-7 while Andy Dalton is 6-3.

Clearly anyone looking at this rationally will see that the quarterback with the superior numbers in every category except one is the better choice when handing out the award.

Dalton might not even be having the best rookie season for the Cincinnati Bengals. You can make the argument that A.J. Green should be the Offensive Rookie of the Year instead. Green is on pace for 73 receptions, 1,129 yards and 10 or 11 touchdowns. Anyone with half a brain can see those numbers are spectacular.

I will go one step further. Guess how many rookie wide receivers in the history of the NFL have equaled or surpassed those numbers in all three categories? None.

A.J. Green is the best rookie wide receiver since Randy Moss tore up the league as a rookie with the Minnesota Vikings. When you put up unprecedented numbers, you have to be in the mix for winning the award.

The non-Bengals rookie who also belongs on this list is Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray. Murray is on pace to rush for approximately 1,200 yards. His 6.7 yards-per-carry average is over a full yard better than the running back in second place - Fred Jackson. Think about that. Murray averages more than a yard more per carry than the second-best running back in the entire league.

At this point in time, Cam Newton does not deserve to be ranked ahead of any of those three players for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Newton will probably win the award because the majority of people look at hype and not stats. Further complicating matters, even the rational thinkers have multiple options that will split their votes—especially since Dalton and Green play on the same team.

I implore football fans to stop touting Cam Newton as the slam-dunk winner of the Offensive Rookie of the Year until his numbers actually reflect that he deserves to win the award.