This article is part of our Breakfast Table series.
From: scott pianowski
Date: Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 7:23 AM
Subject: hometown bias breakfast
To: Mark Stopa
We'll use the extra time this week, afforded to us by Houston and Jacksonville meeting up Thursday night. No one sees Keenum-Henne as a showdown for the ages. At least both teams are ready to dive into a rich quarterback draft of 2014.
The sophomore quarterback class, the 2012 group, sure got interesting in a hurry. Russell Wilson seems head and shoulders above the group for now, but it's tricky to sort through everyone else. If you're starting a team from scratch, how would you rank Wilson, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Nick Foles and Ryan Tannehill? The three middle names are the biggest conundrums of the moment.
And just for fun, throw Cam Newton (2011) in that mix. He's such a difficult player to evaluate. Newton's become a trendy part of the MVP Race (well, the race to finish second to Peyton Manning, a shoo-in), but who's kidding whom? Newton ranks 18th in passing yards (normally you steer away from gross yardage stats but this makes a point), 16th in QB rating and 18th in YPA. I know, Newton is a nifty scrambler and makes some highlight plays, sure. But Carolina, despite an elite defense, is just 14th in scoring. What's the big deal with Newton?
Carolina's No. 1 gets his big chance to make a point this week, headed to whatever they're calling The Superdome these