I love what Cam Newton has done for the Panthers organization, but for him to be selected over Matthew Stafford is a joke. Stafford is one of only four quarterbacks in the history of the NFL to throw for over 5,000 yards in a single season. He did this despite playing through a horrendous stretch of game with a broken finger on his throwing hand. Even with that bad stretch, he still tossed 41 TDs to only 16 INTs, and he led the Lions to their best season in over a decade. Stafford should have easily beaten out Eli to begin with. -Tiger
Posted by Mike Florio on January 23, 2012, 10:14 AM EST
With quarterback Eli Manning and the Giants heading to the Super Bowl, the NFC Pro Bowl roster needs a replacement.
The Panthers have one ready.
The team has announced that quarterback Cam Newton will head to Hawaii to replace Eli. And that’s good news both for Newton and for the Panthers.
Already, the Panthers will have their pick of free agents, given the presence of a franchise quarterback who had the best rookie season of any quarterback in league history. Having Newton in the locker room and on the practice field and on the playing field in Honolulu will serve only to attract more veteran players who want to win to Charlotte.
The challenge for the Panthers will be to pick the right ones when the time comes to head to the market, and to resist the temptation to pay too much. Which the Panthers failed to do when signing free agents in 2011.