Cam Newton's Passing Statistics This Year Have Him Amongst Quite Possibly the Worst QB Company Possible
2-1 feels like an awfully longtime ago as the New England Patriots' losing streak has now reached four games. Our friends at #Dozzfeed recently filled us in on long it's been and how different the world was the last time that happened; which we all know was weeks 4-8 of the 2002 season.
After losing to the Bills in Buffalo for the first time since 2011 the Patriots record has dropped to 2-5; which for reference is the same as the lowly Washington Football Team. More like W-T-F amirite?!?
Considering how the Pats have only finished the regular season worse than 12-4 once since 2009 (2018 when they went 11-5 and won the Super Bowl) it doesn't take Sir Issac Newton to figure out that 2020 is the Pats' worse start through seven game in some time. Score one for the Brady's more responsible for the double-dynasty crowd.
Coach Belichick recently spoke about Cam Newton and his low salary on WEEI regarding the aberrance of the Patriots' depth chart.
This blog isn't to talk about how refreshingly candid Coach Belichick was or how he seemed to totally deflect from the Patriots putrid draft record the last seven seasons.
It's to talk about a different Newton and how horrible his passing numbers have been this season.
Before I shit on Cam too hard, I will be the first to admit the talent around him has been poor AT BEST and the two guys with championship bones (James White and Julian Edelman) have both missed serious time. Plus there was no preseason to get acclimated with a new system and let's not forget the dude had COVID for God's sake. I can make excuses for the guy all day.
Like most people on this planet, Cam Newton's 2020 has for lack of a better term, fucking sucked. It's not entirely his fault, look at this team. How many top 300 players in the league are on this roster? I want to see Cam succeed, I bought the dude's jersey after Week 1, but the fact of the matter is he's been AWFUL as a quarterback this season. Sure the running ability helps, but after the goal line stuffing in Seattle and costly fumble in Buffalo, that part of his game hasn't been nearly good enough to overshadow his lack of production in the passing game.
Look at this list of QBs who have put up the type of numbers Cam has through at least six games.
Those are literally three of the biggest QB busts in the history of the NFL and Cam Newton. They say you are the company you keep and as of now Cam is playing like some of the most infamous draft busts of all time. If there was ever a time to use my favorite Mad Men gif it's now! Those numbers are...
How has Cam Newton followed up literally the greatest QB of all time? Oh nbd, just by putting himself in the same class as JaMarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf; both whom are pretty much unanimously considered the two biggest overall draft busts in the history of the league; at least by anybody who was born after Terry Baker's time in Los Angeles. That's a great reference, trust me.
But it's fine! Heath Shuler was only #9 on the NFL Network's Top 10 Biggest Draft Busts list and his defense that list was completed before JaMarcus Russell purple drank himself out of the league, so he's probably only like #14 now.
In today's NFL where guys fall out of bed and hit their head on 300 yard games, Cam has had less than 200 yards passing in 5 of his 6 starts as a Patriot too. I guess it could be worse, he could have Dan McGwire's shadow, Todd Marinovich's mental health or Art Schlichter's bookie, but when it comes to NFL statistics I cannot think of worse three quarterbacks to be grouped with than JaMarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf and former U.S. Representative Heath Shuler.