My point is simply that, given his injury history and style of play, it's unreasonable to think that Newton is a true "QB of the future," a guy you expect to be the starter (barring Alex Smith-type injuries) 5-10 years from now.
The problem is that you don't generally make it to 40 as a "dual-threat" QB. (Brady barely made TB1K. Peyton Manning didn't, and Drew Brees probably won't make it there either.) Few of them make it to 35.
I don't know if it's just enormous representation by the fans of those teams, but . . . they get ratings.
To wit: the 2007 Patriots–Ravens game gave ESPN the largest audience in cable history. That record was broken the next season by the first Eagles-Cowboys game.
Reminder: Wes Welker went from 112 catches with Brady in 2007 down to just 111 in 2008 with Cassel.
If you're a QB who can't benefit from a Welker/Edelman/Amendola/Troy Brown, either your OC sucks or you do.
It's actually the second dumbest rule in sports, IMO.
The dumbest is the one that says you can intentionally step out of bounds, touch a kickoff ball that's still in the field of play, and that's a penalty for the kicking team.
This might also be a consequence of not having a preseason. As an example, Winovich played 50 snaps Week 1 last year. And they had to throw Julian Edelman into the fire in his first game (basically, "Hey, Julian. We're going to need you to go out there and just . . . be a Wes Welker clone.").
The best analogy we have here is Matt Cassel in 2008.
I'm going to exclude Game 1, since he took over midgame, and Game 16, because gale force winds. Games 2 through 8 he averaged about 30 passes per game (with just 23 in Week 2). Games 9 through 15, he averaged 40 passes per game.
I expect we...