The wuarterback position in the NFL is in good hands for the next 10 years. With guys like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Tom Brady on the way out, the stable of young QBs are ready to take over.
In 2012, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson burst onto the scene and led their teams to the playoffs. Colin Kaepernick received his first steady action and took the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl and one pass away from winning it. Andy Dalton and Matthew Stafford have also led their teams to the playoffs and Sam Bradford is getting the St. Louis Rams going in the right direction, or at least was, before a season-ending injury.
Out of all the young QBs in the NFL, though, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers is the most talented. Newton set the NFL record for passing yards by a rookie in 2011. He also broke the record for total TDs by a rookie and was on his way to becoming the face of the NFL. Newton struggled in his second season and watched as three rookie QBs led their team to the postseason, a place where Newton has never been.
Heading into the 2013 season, the Panthers did very little to upgrade their offense. They spent their first two draft picks on defensive tackles in hopes of building a top-five defense and hoping Newton could carry the offense on his back.
Luck has Reggie Wayne, Trent Richardson and T.Y. Hilton on his team. The Indianapolis Colts drafted two tight ends, a running back and receiver the same year they drafted Luck to give him some weapons to grow with. The Washington Redskins drafted Alfred Morris and signed receivers Josh Morgan and Pierre Garcon to give RG III some offensive fireworks. The Seattle Seahawks already had Marshawn Lynch, Sidney Rice and Golden Tate on their roster to help Wilson make a playoff run.
Newton has an aging Steve Smith, an underachieving Brandon LaFell and three running backs have struggled the past couple seasons and don’t pick up yards in big chunks. Newton is forced to do more than any of these young QBs because he has less to work with. On Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he threw for three TDs and rushed for another. Newton also did not turn the ball over, while giving Carolina their third-straight win and pushed them above .500 to 4-3.
The progression Newton has shown this year and continues to show each week is what makes him the best young QB in the game. If he continues to play at this high level, Newton will make his first postseason and help Carolina make a run at their first Super Bowl title.