Jordan Rodgers Awkwardly Defends Kirk Cousins Vs. Cam Newton Comment
Jordan Rodgers of The Bachelorette fame is now an analyst at the SEC Network and just launched a national ESPN radio afternoon called "Jordan and Fitz."
On said radio show, the former college quarterback - and estranged brother of Green Bay Packers superstar Aaron Rodgers - debuted the following hot take regarding which quarterback he'd prefer if given the choice between 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton and Washington's Kirk Cousins:
Now you may be thinking to yourself, 'Wow, that's an incredibly stupid take.' If so, you'd be right.
Cousins has started two seasons after he spent years as a second-stringer fighting for a starting spot. Meanwhile, three-time Pro Bowler Cam Newton was named 2011 Rookie of the Year and 2015 NFL MVP, played in Super Bowl 50 and has cemented his status as the greatest rushing quarterback in the history of the league; all at the age of 27.
Newton's list of accomplishments as a quarterback, not just an "athlete," are a mile long. He's broken countless NFL and Panthers franchise records. He is a uniquely gifted football player and given the right set of tools, he has proven that he can excel at the highest level.
Any executive that chose Cousins over Newton right now would be laughed right out of their job.
Nevertheless, Rodgers persisted.
First of all, Cousins has spent two seasons chucking the ball downfield to one of the best wide receiving corps in the league. And since when is risk/reward on deep balls a good thing? Throwing it up on a wing and a prayer is not something that players should practice being good at, and it's certainly no way to evaluate an NFL quarterback on a broad scale.
This must be what happens when you spend your whole life watching Aaron Rodgers play football. Unfortunately, Kirk Cousins is no Aaron Rodgers. He's not even close. The two shouldn't be mentioned in the same conversation.
Secondly, and most importantly: Cam Newton's "mental capacity" for football and for the position of quarterback is unassailable. The insinuation that a guy like Cousins is a smarter quarterback than Newton is egregious and misguided at best, and something far more nefarious at worst. I'm truly surprised the tweet hasn't been deleted yet.
Newton has been a top-tier quarterback at every stage of his career since he was 16 years old.
As a five-star recruit out of high school, he was one of the most sought after quarterbacks in the country. In 2010, Newton won the Heisman Trophy and a national championship after putting together one of the greatest individual seasons in the history of college football. Then Newton was drafted first overall all into the NFL, went on to become Rookie of the Year and proceeded to revolutionize the league's concept of the duel-threat quarterback.
But please, tell me more about the "leadership" and "mental capacity" of KIRK FUCKING COUSINS. Screw that.
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