Readers most impressed with Newton's QB record

Posted Jan. 02, 2012 @ 11:47 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

A PFW web poll asking, "Which QB record from 2011 impresses you the most?" overwhelmingly chose a mark set by Cam Newton over ones set by Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.

Newton finished with 73.3 percent of the vote, far outdistancing Rodgers (16.4 percent) and Brees (10.3 percent).

Newton in Week 17 became the first player in NFL history to have 4,000 or more passing yards and 500 or more rushing yards in the same season — and he did it in his rookie season. He finished with 4,051 passing yards (a rookie record) with 21 TD passes (third all-time for rookies) and 17 interceptions. He also added 706 rushing yards (a rookie record) with 14 rushing TDs (an all-time record for quarterbacks).

Rodgers, who didn't play in Week 17 because the Packers already had clinched the first overall seed in the NFC playoffs, finished with a NFL-record 122.5 passer rating, breaking the old mark of 121.1 set in 2004.

Brees, who broke Dan Marino's longstanding record of most passing yards in a season in Week 16, pushed his record further with another brilliant performance in Week 17, finishing with 5,476 passing yards. Marino's old mark, which had stood since 1984, was 5,084 yards.