Madden is giving the talented, but extremely raw, Cam Newton an above-average quarterback rating for the 2011 season.
Well, there is no way that is going to happen.
If Newton's first three games are an indication of how he will perform in 2011, it will be beyond bad. He has completed just barely over 40 percent of his passes and has yet to throw for a touchdown. And he had his worse game thus far against the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend (6-for-19 passing)
Newton isn't going to have a historically bad rookie season; Alex Smith (2005: 50.9 completion percentage, 875 yards, one TD, 11 INT) and Ryan Leaf (1998: 45.3 completion percentage, 1,289 yards, two TD, 15 INT) take the cake in regards to that.
I don't expect Newton to match those numbers, but he is going to struggle heavily this season. The No. 1 overall pick wasn't able to participate in organized team activities or minicamps during the offseason due to the lockout.
He looks to be way too erratic at this point and struggles putting the ball on the mark. Those are things that really cannot be learned; instead it seems this will be a continual struggle for the Heisman Trophy winner.
Newton may also want to act like he has been there before. Following a touchdown run against the Cincinnati Bengals last week, he decided to act the part of a fool and go overboard in celebration of his first score.
Maybe he should take a page out of the book of Emmitt Smith, who would just hand the ball off to a referee following a score.
But again, he may not get many opportunities to celebrate scoring in what promises to be a major struggle in 2011.
There is no way that Cam Newton is going to be an above-average NFL starting quarterback in this season.
It just wont happen.