Why Tim Tebow is a Better NFL Quarterback Than Cam Newton

Ralph LongoAnalyst IIINovember 30, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 27, 2011 in San Diego, California.  The Broncos went on to win 16-13 in overtime.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The first thing I want to say before I get to why Tim Tebow is better than Cam Newton is that I do not like either guy. I don't like Tebow's playing style and I believe he'll ultimately end up getting hurt from the amount of touches he has per game. I think Newton is extremely disingenuous and I don't like the way he carries himself as a player. So, there is no bias on my part when it comes to evaluating their talent at the NFL level. 

To start off, Tebow is a better team leader than Newton. He's an extremely tough, hard-nosed player who isn't afraid to lead his team into battle. Tebow puts it all on the line every single play and plays every single play like its his last. On the season, Tebow has eight TDs and just one interception, which honestly is amazing. Remember everyone that hated on his ability to throw the ball? Yes, his completion percentage is below 50 percent, but who cares when you're touchdown-to-interception ratio is 8-1?

Contrast that with Newton, who has more interceptions than touchdowns on the year, and a passer rating that is virtually the same. Yes, Newton has more rushing touchdowns, but he seems to always get the offense down to the 1-yard line and run in a quarterback sneak. I view both as just about equal in the rushing category, but it seems like Tebow always seems to come up with that big run in the clutch, which elevates him over Newton in this category, in my view. 

Finally, Tebow just wins. I know that you can say that Denver is a better team, but when it's examined more closely, this really isn't the case. Without Tebow, Denver was 1-4. In that same stretch, Carolina was also a 1-4 team. Tebow came in and turned an absolutely woeful offense around. Yes, Von Miller has played spectacularly on defense for Denver, but how can you argue against the fact that Tebow has gone 5-1 after taking control of a sinking ship that had the same record as Newton's squad? They were in the same situation; Tebow thrived, Newton didn't. 

Tebow is just a winner, plain and simple. At the end of the day, you can have all the razzle dazzle you want, but the only thing that matters is the win column, and in that regard, Tebow dominates Newton. Feel free to disagree, but I just have one question: Who is currently in the playoff hunt, and who is not?