CHARLOTTE, N.C. Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said when it comes to comparing Cam Newton to Tim Tebow, there is no comparison.
Smith said time will prove Newton is by far the better NFL quarterback.
If Tebow is standing next to me, I would tell it to his face come check me out in five years, Jack, and youll know whos the best quarterback, Smith said.
Newton is 4-9 as a starter, although hes put up incredible individual numbers. He has a chance to become the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards and run for 500 in the same season. He already has 554 yards rushing and needs only 427 yards passing to reach 4,000.
Tebow is 7-1 as a starter this year for Denver with five impressive come-from-behind victories. But Smith believes Denvers defense isnt getting enough credit for the Broncos playoff push.
Smith said Newtons versatility makes him a better quarterback.
Everybody wants to crown Tebow as a versatile quarterback, Smith said. Versatile to me means you can throw the ball very accurately, run the ball and create things. The only thing he can create is running. He isnt very accurate.
Tebow has won more games than Newton this year, but that doesnt matter to Smith.
You cant compare Cam to Tebow. I think Cams a more complete player, Smith said. Tebow has the wins. But everybody wants to crown Tebow. Yes, he has the will to win. I think Tebow is no different than any other professional (in that way). But Tebow has a great opportunity to play behind a great defense.
Denver has allowed the fourth-fewest points in the league; the injury-plagued Panthers defense ranks 22nd in points allowed.
Smith pointed to Tebows statistics in the first three quarters of last Sundays game against Chicago he was 3 of 16 as an example of his lack of accuracy in the passing game.
Thats not a versatile quarterback, Smith said.
Still, Tebow has been able to do what Newton hasnt win games late.
The Panthers have led in 12 of 13 games this year but have lost six contests when theyve led in the fourth quarter. On the other hand, Tebow has five game-winning drives in the fourth quarter this year and six for his career.
In Denver, the fourth quarter has become known as Tebow Time.
Panthers center Ryan Kalil said he doesnt see too many similarities between the two quarterbacks.
They are two different players, Kalil said. I dont know much about Tebow other than the highlights, but I think theyre different. If I had to choose one, it would be my guy. Everyone keeps tagging this thing that hes a winner, but its not one man, its a football team. I think theyre playing good as a football team.
Kalil said Newton is a once-in-a-lifetime QB.
I do, Kalil said. Hes young, and he has a lot of room to grow. I think hes already shown hes pretty darn phenomenal.