If you happened to take a look at some of the major sports media outlets, I'm sure you will notice that many of them are predicting the Carolina Panthers to win big Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. They are all singing the praises of their budding young QB with a million watt smile and the fact that we are starting our own rookie QB (Why does this situation sound so familiar, I wonder?). As I am writing this article, I'm not even sure how I should format this thing. Should I make it an angry rant or should I make it into a list of reasons stating why we should win? Perhaps I can do both. Anyways, prepare for the carnage after the picture.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are the 5th ranked defense in the league. Whoever wrote that clearly did not look at the offensive and defensive comparisons on that website. Is it incredible to see a rookie put up such huge numbers in his first two games? Yes. But does that make him the second coming of Donovan McNabb? No. Oh, and did I mention that the Panthers are 0-2 going into this game? It's official, Newtonmania is starting to get out of hand.
I don't even see Cam sniffing 300 yards against the Jags. He hasn't gone against any really exceptional defenses yet. You could say that the Packers had a pretty good defense, but Cullen Jenkins and his 7 sacks from last year is gone and even exceptionally good players like Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji can't just fill the void in the Packers pass rush. Less pass rush means more time for receivers to get open, even if the corners are as good as Charles Woodson. And even then, Cam threw only 1 touchdown to go along with 3 interceptions. I looked at each interception and you know what I noticed? Every time he threw one, he didn't set his feet on the throw due to pressure by outside rushers or Raji getting a push on the line and decreasing his step-in room, which is the specialty of Jaguars DTs Tyson Alualu and Terrance Knighton.
Why is everyone so down about Blaine Gabbert and the Jags? During the period leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft, Gabbert was considered a better QB prospect than Newton and with a porous defense further weakened by the injuries to Chris Gamble and Charles Godfrey, I would not be surprised to see Gabbert throw for at least 250+ yards against the Panthers. Newton only has two more games of experience, so it isn't a huge difference and even though some people are starting to [prematurely] compare Newton to Elway, I'm sure that Newton will have his share of rookie mistakes as well as Gabbert. So why is everyone acting like there is a huge difference between Gabbert and Newton? There isn't. So tomorrow, prepare for the dawning of a new era in Jaguars history, because tomorrow, a new superstar may emerge onto the scene.
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