Random Thought #037: Cam Newton, Baller

12 Sep

By Chris McCoy

All the talk Cameron Newton has been hearing from NFL analyst like Merril Hoge must have fueled him… because he came out BALLING. Unfortunately I was facing Cam in my fantasy league (He had Peyton Manning, Cam’s his back up), and he proceeded to put up the second most points by a QB. No rookie or any quarterback making their first start, has ever had a debut like this:

Talk about a breakout performance

Not only is Cam the first player to ever throw for over 400 yards in his first career start, but he’s changed the question from: “Will Cam be any good?”  to “How good can this guy be?” I’m not ready to put him in the Hall of Fame just yet, but let’s compare his numbers to the top 5 passers in NFL history in their first NFL starts:

Dan Marino had also had an impressive debut in '83.

Brett Farve: 14-19 210 yds 2 TDs (5)
Dan Marino: 19-29 322 yds 3 TDs 2 INTs (3)
Peyton Manning: 21-37 302 yds 1 TD 3 INTs
John Elway: 1-8 14 yds 1 INTs
Warren Moon: 12-29 201 yds 2 TDs*

Number in parenthesis denotes in which career game played the quarterback made his first start if anything other than his first.

*Moon played 94 career CFL games before making his NFL debut.

Well played Cam… Welcome to the NFL


One Response to “Random Thought #037: Cam Newton, Baller”


  1. Random Thought #039: Kansas City Chiefs, Hot Ghetto Mess « RUN JUMP PASS - September 18, 2011

    […] passed for a total of 252 yards combined in those two games. At this rate he’ll catch up to Cam Newton’s two game total of 854 in week 8 (Week 6 = their bye week). Hopefully Cassel and the Chiefs will […]

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