The question (with tongue planted firmly in cheek) is... why? (More on that later...)
First the article from (ESPN Online):
"Throughout the draft process, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton drew frequent comparisons to Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger. But the draft gurus weren’t the only ones comparing Newton to Roethlisberger. Even before they drafted Newton, the Panthers were doing it. While the Panthers believe Newton has the ability to someday carry a team on his own, they’re looking ahead to his rookie year and hoping for something like what Roethlisberger gave the Steelers in 2004.
In Roethlisberger’s rookie year, Pittsburgh had strong talent and didn’t ask the quarterback to do too much. In the 14 games (13 starts) Roethlisberger appeared in, the Steelers averaged a little over 21 passes a game. Roethlisberger threw for 2,621 yards with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
The Panthers gladly would take those kinds of numbers from Newton "
Ya' Think? Rookie or not, a 66% completion record and a 15-1 record are numbers I think 30some teams in the NFL would take.
But not anyone at ESPN, apparently. Has anyone seen the Trent Dilfer Quarterback ranking system? I mean, no disrespect intended... but we're going to let Trent-Freaking-Dilfer decide who is and isn't a VIP Quarterback?
No one thinks that he might have a conflict of interest when deciding what is important and what isn't?
Anyway... point is, that according to the new QBR that ESPN created, Ben Roethlisberger isn't quite as good as the Detroit Lions QB Dan Orlovsky. And we're talking about 2008! The year Ben won the Superbowl and The Lions went 0-16.
Wow, good job ESPN. Thank God you saved us from that confusing Quarterback Rating system...
You can't make this stuff up... Read the brilliant expose here: