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"Cam Newton Knows How to Win Games"

Hello all, this is my first FanPost, so I'm fairly anxious as it starts off argumentatively (I think this sets a great precedent for me...).

 

I'm glad we're having a lively discussion on what we should do with our draft pick--both in terms of drafting strategies or specific players to target.  I don't have anything to add to that particular discussion, but I would like to voice my opinion on one argument that has continuously rankled me.

"Cam Newton Knows How to Win Games"

B.S.

 

 

So he's won some college games. So what? Here's a list of all of the QBs since 1990 who knew how to win games in the same way that Cam Newton did (finishing with a BCS title or the AP's number one team):

Year

Team

QB

Drafted

Playoffs!?

Year

2010

Auburn

Cam Newton

N/A

N/A

2010

2009

Alabama

Greg McElroy

N/A

N/A

2009

2008

Florida

Tim Tebow

N/A

N/A

2008

2007

LSU

Matt Flynn

#209

No

2007

2006

Florida

Chris Leak

Undrafted (Signed with the Bears… plays for the Montreal Alouettes as a backup)

No

2006

2005

Texas

Vince Young

#3

Yes

2005

2004

USC

Matt Leinart

#10

No

2004

2003

LSU

Matt Mauck

#225

No

2003

2002

OSU

Craig Krenzel

#148

No

2002

2001

U Miami

Ken Dorsey

#241

No

2001

2000

Oklahoma

Josh Heupel

#177

No

2000

1999

FSU

Chris Weinke

#106

No

1999

1998

Tennessee

Tee Martin

#163

No

1998

1997

Michigan

Brian Griese

#91

Yes

1997

1996

Florida

Danny Wuerffel

#99

No

1996

1995

Nebraska

Tommie Frazier

Undrafted (health issues)

No

1995

1994

Nebraska

Tommie Frazier

Undrafted (health issues)

No

1994

1993

FSU

Charlie Ward

Undrafted (Would have been a 3rd-5th Round had he not declared for the NBA)

N/A

1993

1992

Alabama

Jay Barker

#160

No

1992

1991

U Miami

Gino Torretta

#192

No

1991

1990

Colorado

Darian Hagan

#242 (as a WR)

No

1990

Out of what I would think are 15 legitimately evaluable number one quarterbacks in the past 20 years, only 2 have made the playoffs. And Vince Young lost that game. All of these quarterbacks knew how to win games. Many of them went undefeated for over a season. If I didn't know better (I do, trust me), I would say that quarterbacks who win national championships in college are a DISadvantage. I'm not asinine to actually suggest that, but I think it reveals that "knowing how to win" is not a compelling argument.  There are system quarterbacks and there are "good" quarterbacks, and clearly winning a national championship is not an enormous recommendation. "Knowing how to win" is an at best necessary, but not sufficient quality in drafting a quarterback.

Say what you will about Cam Newton. Maybe he's got talent. Maybe he shows enough skill that the fact that he played in a spread offense is not enough of a disadvantage. Maybe athleticism does matter. Maybe character is not a concern. Those are all legitimate arguments. "He Knows How to Win" is not. 

I incidentally have my own concerns about measuring a quarterback by wins, but that's not entirely relevant here.

Further, I get that this post doesn't reveal a whole heck of a lot, because it functionally says, "Wow, quarterbacks who win in college don't always do well in the NFL," which we already knew... but I thought it was important to point out that this is probably true for Cam Newton, too.  If Cam somehow falls to the Vikings, maybe we should take him, but not because "He knows how to win games."

What highly drafted quarterback didn't? 

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a <em>community</em>, that view is no less important.

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