The Start of the Season
Thursday night the NFL kicks off its season with a much watch for tv. The headliner was the Denver Broncos, the reigning super bowl champions with the MVP of the Super Bowl Von Miller vs the Carolina Panthers, the runner up to the Super Bowl along with the NFLs MVP quarterback Cam Newton. NBC was rated first in ratings with an 8.0, what a way to start off the season, what a way to announce it's game time.
One size fits all
Cam Newton is an outspoken young quarterback that has taken the NFL by storm. When he scores a touchdown whether its running or throwing it he may break out with the superman pose or one of his dances such as the dab that everyone from your grandmother to little nephew or niece could do.
Cam ended the 2015 season with 35 passing TDs, 10 rushing TDs, and recorded over 4400 yds passing and rushing along with leading his team to a 15-1 record and runner up in the Super Bowl. Cam has become one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, however, unlike quarterbacks like Eli Manning, Tom Brady, Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers and many other well known quarterbacks Cam has to take a lot of hits, some illegal, whereas other quarterbacks do not have to take.
What is the reason for this?
Men lie, Women lie, Numbers don't
Cam Newton is 6'5, 245lbs and 27yrs old and is in his 6th season in the NFL.
Brock Osweiler, QB Texans is 6'8, 235lbs
Sam Bradford, QB Vikings, 6'4, 224lbs
Eli Manning, QB Giants, 6'4, 218lbs
Andrew Luck, QB Colts, 6'4, 240lbs
Nick Foles, QB Chiefs, 6'6, 243lbs
Joe Flacco, QB Ravens, 6'6, 245lbs
Tom Brady, QB Patriots, 6'4, 225lbs
Carson Palmer, QB Cardinals, 6'5, 235lbs
The average size for quarterback in the NFL 6'4 225lbs, so Cam Newton weighs roughly 20 more pounds than his peers. The rules that the NFL incorporated to protect the quarterbacks did not say that if a quarterback weighs a certain weight or if he is a certain height you can hit him in the head or illegally. The rules states that at no time can a defensive player hit a quarterback in the head, whether it accidental or not. A defender hand cannot touch the quarterback's face mask or anything even close. So why is it that in the season opener was Cam Newton allowed to take several hits from the Denver Broncos that where in the helmet or head region and not get penalized?
Are certain quarterbacks treated differently?
Is Cam Newton being treated differently than other QBs?
Ray Lewis, former Super Bowl champion, former best linebacker in the nil said that because Cam is so big he is going to take more hits, harder hits. No disrespect to Ray, but that is garbage. Flacco is not going to take hits like that, Rodgers is not going to take hits like that and Cam Newton should not be allowed to take hits like that.
We can trace the problem back to even Michael Vick when he took the NFL by storm. Vick was faster than any other quarterback that the lead had seen at the time and often would make defensive players look below average when they would try catch him. Whenever the defensive players did catch up with Vick, they hit him a little harder than other quarterbacks, they hit him a little later than other quarterbacks and the NFL allowed this to continue throughout his career. Joe Montana is considered to be one of, if not the best quarterback ever, made everyone on the defensive side look foolish and won several Super Bowls, however, he was never hit like Cam. Tom Brady the top quarterback of this time has one every accolade a quarterback can and if a defensive even touches his helmet it's a penalty. Why is Cam Newton treated differently?