I was talking with a former NFL front office executive the other day, and the conversation came up regarding the best quarterback in the NFL. We looked forward, with superstars like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees at the end of their careers.
I asked him who he would pick as the quarterback to lead his team for the next 10 years.
Immediately, he said that Cam Newton is the best quarterback in the National Football League, going forward.
What he didn’t say is that he would pick Cam.
“If I am a fan, I want Cam Newton as my quarterback to lead the team for the next 10 years,” he said. “He is the model the 21st century quarterback will come out of.
“However, if I am working in the front office of a team, I would rather have Russell Wilson.”
“Don’t get me wrong,” he added. “I would take Cam in a heartbeat. But if you are giving me a choice, I am going with Russell. Both guys are going to be great, and lead your team, but if I am running a team, I’m going with Russell because he is a low maintenance.”
I can understand where he is coming from on this from a business perspective. Wilson is a low-key personality, on and off the field. Newton is controversial personality, because of the way he acts on the field, and is outspoken off the field.
Without question, these are two great players. Last season Wilson threw 34 touchdown passes, and only eight interceptions. He had a quarterback rating of 110. He also rushed for 553-yards.
Meanwhile, the NFL MVP, passed for 35 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 99.4 quarterback rating. He also rushed for 636-yards.
Not much difference in their effectiveness, for sure. Which is the point the former NFL executive made.
“If I am in the front office it just gives me one less thing to have to deal with,” he added. “I don’t want to have to take time out of my day to answer questions about what Cam might have said, or done, nor do I want the team to have to do so.”
“Now, if I am a fan, I don’t have to worry about that. I just need to go out on Sunday and watch Cam play.”
So, who would you pick to lead your team the next 10 years? Place your vote below.