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Revisiting Cam Newton vs. Andy Dalton

Just about two weeks ago, I wrote a column on how I see Carolina quarterback Cam Newton as a slam-dunk winner for offensive rookie of the year.

While giving due respect to Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton and Dallas running back DeMarco Murray, I said Newton will win easily. I said Newton had the award won two weeks into the season and my thinking hasn’t changed a bit.

But the debate, minus Murray, has surfaced again. In their latest edition of Hot Button, Ashley Fox and John Clayton debate whether Dalton or Newton should be the offensive rookie of the year. Fox takes Dalton’s side and Clayton sides with Newton.

Taking it one step further in this Insider post, KC Joyner really digs into the metrics and says Dalton should win.

I have great respect for the work of Fox and Joyner and consider them both to be friends. Besides that, we’re not allowed to criticize other media here. So let’s just say I’m siding with Clayton, a friend, a mentor and a truly great mind.