Both are platform games to show America how far they have come. Or haven't.
Not long after the Panthers drafted former Blinn JC quarterback Cam Newton No. 1 overall in the 2011 draft and the Bengals selected former TCU QB Andy Dalton in the second round of that same draft I boldly (stupidly?) proclaimed Dalton would be the better pro.
As rookies, they both acquitted themselves and played so well as starters it was argue that either was going to flop.
As second year players, both may be going through the cliched Sophomore Slump.
Newton: 4,051 yds. passing, 60%, 21 TD, 17 INT.; 126 carries, 706 yds., 14 TD. 6-10 record
Dalton: 3,391 yds. passing, 58.1 %, 20 TD, 13 INT.; 37 carries, 152 yds., 1 TD. 9-7 record; 0-1 playoffs
Newton: 1,154 yds. passing, 58.8 %, 4 TD, 5 INT., 40 carries, 209 yds., 3 TD. 1-4 record
Dalton: 1,726 yds. passing, 66.0 %, 12 TD, 9 INT., 20 carries, 62 yds., 1 TD. 2-3 record
Today ... it is hard to determine the rate of progression. Bad team around them? Too much too soon as rookies? They are completely different QBs - Dalton does not have Newton's arm, or ability to run around.
Newton admitted that his ability to run "can be a gift and a curse at times. Sometimes you feel like when you can run you can get out of everything when you really can't," Newton told FW/d reporters in a conference call on Wednesday. "There are a lot of defensive schemes out there ... you have to be patient. Even though I have the ability to run I can't lean on it as much. If the opportunity presents itself I have to take advantage of it but if not I have to stay in the pocket."
Dalton's team hovers around mediocrity. This is not all on him, but the record is merely average. He is quarterbacking arguably one of the worst franchises in North American sports; his task may be so great that no QB could turn ambivalent Cincy Bengals owner Mike Brown's team into a winner.
It is too early to determine the future arc of their respective careers, but right now neither seems to be progressing.
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