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Cam Newton Starring in The Story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


Do you know the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Dr. Jekyll had a theory that in every man there lives a good and evil force. So he creates a formula that separates the two personalities, turning him into the violent Mr. Hyde. He then has to fight Hyde to regain control of himself. You’re probably wondering what this has to do with Cam Newton.

Well I believe that Cam Newton has played like two different quarterbacks in the same game this season. He has not been consistent but the Carolina Panthers are still undefeated. There is even talk about Newton being an MVP because the Panthers are 6-0 with Ted Ginn Jr. as their starting wide receiver. He has put the team on his back and has been clutch this season in the 4th quarter. But what about the other quarters? I know that he is a dual-threat quarterback and is second on the team with 245 rushing yards, but this article is just going to focus on his arm. I am going to use his Total QBR to show you how valuable Newton has been with his throws this season.

I will explain the Total Quarterback Rating before I start talking about Newton’s Total QBR. According to ESPN, “The Total Quarterback Rating is a statistical measure that incorporates the contexts and details of those throws and what they mean for wins. It’s built from the team level down to the quarterback, where we understand first what each play means to the team, then give credit to the quarterback for what happened on that play based on what he contributed.”

So Cam Newton’s Total QBR through six games this season is 49.6. He is currently ranked 23 out of 32, and Andy Dalton leads all quarterbacks with an 84.2 rating. Why is Newton’s Total QBR this low?  ESPN doesn’t normally break down Total QBR by quarters, but I just happened to get lucky and find the data. Unfortunately it was only done for the first five games. According to ESPN, Cam Newton has only averaged a 37.1 Total QBR through the first three quarters this season. This score is out of 100, so it’s a really poor score if you think about it.  Let’s break down Newton’s passing stats for the first three quarters this season.

Cam Newton’s Passing Stats Per Quarter:

1st – 16/37  158 passing yards  43.2 completion%  0 TD  2 INT

2nd – 36/60  416 passing yards  60.0 completion%  4 TD  3 INT

3rd – 23/41  365 passing yards  56.1 completion%  3 TD  2 INT

As you can tell, Cam Newton has struggled to pass the ball during the first three quarters this season. But some of the blame can be put on the drops from his wide receivers, because he might of had at least 5 or 6 more completions per game. But he still has made some bad decisions by forcing the ball and it seems like it takes him a while to “warm up”.

After all three quarters have been played, it seems like Cam Newton goes into his locker room and drinks his “potion” to turn into Mr. Hyde. Because he is a completely different player when he steps onto the field in the 4th quarter. Through the first five games this season Newton has averaged a 94.1 Total QBR in the 4th quarter. What do his stats look like?


Cam Newton’s 4th Quarter Passing Stats:

26/43  336 passing yards  60.5 completion%  2 TD

Cam Newton has played smart and has been clutch in the 4th quarter this season. That is why there is talk about him being the MVP. His competition% is the highest in the last quarter and he doesn’t turn the ball over. He also moved the ball 80 yards through the air in their matchup against the Seattle Seahawks to win the game. This happened because of Cam Newton’s pocket awareness, footwork, and accuracy in the 4th quarter.

If Cam Newton can keep that 4th quarter mindset all game, then you’ll be seeing the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl. And then the media won’t be able to deny the respect that the Panthers deserve.


By, Justin Raymond, Editor

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