NFL: Four Reasons Why Cam Newton Should Win MVP
The NFL's Most Valuable Player Award has become the most politically correct award in all of sports. It is supposed to be awarded to the league's most irreplaceable, valuable, important and essential player.
But in recent years it seems like they just give the award to the quarterback on the team with the most wins.
All of this would be fine if this was the “Quarterback Who Wins the Most Award."
This year the MVP will either be won by Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady or Drew Brees. All three of these candidates are great players, but they are not the most valuable player.
The most valuable player of the 2011 NFL season is Cam Newton, and here are four reasons why.
He Is the "Most Valuable" Player
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Do I need to remind you how bad the 2010 Panthers were?
They only scored 12 points a game, were outscored by 212 points, scored only 16 total touchdowns offensively, averaged around four yards per play, and ranked last in both yards and points.
Now that the Panthers have rookie Quarterback Cam Newton, they have the fifth best rushing offense, the 10th best passing offense, have 39 total touchdowns offensively, are averaging 24 points per game, are only getting outscored by 27 points, and are averaging around 6.1 yards a play.
So, Newton by himself is worth 15 points a game, two yards a play, 23 points a game, and has made the Panthers move up 27 spots in rushing offense and 22 spots in passing offense.
Is Aaron Rodgers really worth that much?
If Rodgers were out for this season, the Packers have enough weapons in Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Donald Driver, Jermichael Finley and Randall Cobb. With a solid quarterback in Matt Flynn, the Packers could probably still win at least 11 games.
Is Drew Brees really worth that much?
With Chase Daniel, the Saints could still win the NFC South because they still have Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston and Devery Henderson.
If Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees magically disappeared their teams would still go to the playoffs.
Without Cam Newton, the Panthers are beyond putrid and would probably be a two win—if not a two touchdown—team.
Cam Newton means more to his team than any player in the NFL so far this season.
He Is a Winner
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The big argument against Cam Newton winning the MVP Award will be that he doesn’t win enough.
When making this argument, we need to realize that Cam Newton took over a two-win football team.
The 2011 Carolina Panthers are going to win at least six games, so that is a 300% increase of last season’s win total.
The Packers are going to only have a 150-percent win increase at the most, the Saints are only going to have a 110-percent win increase at the most, and the Patriots win total will decrease by at least one game.
So if this is an award for the most valuable player that is winning at the highest rate, then why not consider Cam Newton?
He has increased his team's win total by the highest percentage, and he has helped his team improve drastically in just about every statistical category.
Cam Newton has increased the Panthers winning percentage more than any other MVP candidate.
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Another argument that will be made against Newton: He just does not have the numbers that Brees, Rodgers or Brady have.
Brees has thrown for almost 5000 yards and 37 touchdowns, Rodgers has thrown for around 4,400 yards and 40 touchdowns, and Tom Brady has thrown for around 4,600 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Cam Newton on the other hand, has thrown for only 17 touchdowns and 3,722 yards
Even though Newton’s passing stats do not really compare to Brady, Brees, or Rodgers we have to remember that Newton is also a running quarterback.
When you combine Newton’s rushing and passing numbers he has 4331 yards and 31 touchdowns.
Those numbers are at least comparable to the numbers of Brees, Brady, and Rodgers.
When you combine this with the way he has completely turned around the Panthers franchise (statistically and in the win-loss column) it is easy to see why Newton should be an MVP candidate.
His Supporting Cast
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Imagine how good the Patriots, Saints, and Packers would be with Newton.
If these teams surrounded the weapons they already have with a quarterback who can rush for about 50 yards a game, they would have a good chance of blowing out just about every team they face.
If the Saints would be better with Cam Newton, then why should Drew Brees get the MVP?
If the Packers would be better with Cam Newton, then why should Aaron Rodgers get the MVP?
If the Patriots would be better with Cam Newton, then why should Tom Brady get the MVP?
If Cam Newton is the best and most valuable player, then logically he should at least be considered for this award.