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Cam isn't the first and won't be the last QB to only start one year and bolt for the NFL. Mark Sanchez is doing quite well for himself.
But there is a difference between Sanchez and Newton here.
Sanchez went to a good team that underperformed the year before that had a good defense and decent offensive line.
The Redskins have neither.
Cam will probably do fine if he's draft by either a good team or a team with a veteran QB he can sit behind.
The Redskins aren't that team.
If McNabb were going to be a Redskin for at least the next two years this wouldn't even be a knock against Cam (for the Redskins), shoot this article might be titled Five Reasons the Redskins Should Draft Cam Newton.
However, in all likelyhood McNabb will be either traded or let go before the season starts. Therefore he won't be there to groom Cam.
And even if Cam sits behind Rex Grossman it won't take long (unless Rex has the type of season he had with the Bears when they went to the Super Bowl) for Cam to usurp him.
So they'll be throwing a relatively inexperienced quarterback to the wolves. A quarterback who likes to run and will therefore increase his chances of getting injured.
I know what you're thinking right now. But Josh, what about Troy Aikman and Peyton Manning? They started in their rookie years for bad teams.
They did indeed do that, but the difference there is they both have lead feet and weren't going to be running anywhere.
So if there was nothing there they either forced a throw or threw it away. Cam will do those things, but he has the athleticism to escape and will run the ball if need be.
That's something the Redskins don't need now because of the lack of depth at the position.
This could be a different case if this weren't a lock-out year and the Skins could sign a QB to start for the season and help bring Cam along. But that's not going to happen.