With one more victory, Cam Newton will eclipse Jake Delhomme as the Carolina Panthers franchise wins leader.
Newton and Delhomme are currently tied atop the Panthers’ wins list with 53 dubs a-piece.
The Charlotte Observer published an interesting piece on the two players and their place in franchise history. Each man means a tremendous amount to the organization.
Delhomme compiled his Carolina victories between 2003 and 2009, including seasons of 10-, 11- and 12-wins each. Newton, Carolina’s starter since the 2011 season, has only two double-digit win seasons on his resume’ thus far (12 in 2013 and 15 in 2015).
While quarterback wins are nowhere close to the be-all-end-all of quarterback supremacy, it does give some insight on a signal caller’s value. Each have steered the franchise to one Super Bowl appearance. However, it is Newton who has been the superior individual talent and decorated (he was named NFL MVP in 2015). He’s also, ideally, entering the prime of his career and will create a chasm between himself and Delhomme — or any quarterbacks in the Panthers future.
“Our team in Carolina right now is basically predicated on how (Cam) plays,” Delhomme said. “I think most teams are like that, but I think it’s more heavily tilted toward if Cam plays well, we’re going to win the game. Whereas I think they did some things when I was there, we kind of maneuvered it so they could have won in spite of me, so to speak.”
Newton and Delhomme’s own reactions to the discovery that they are the franchise’s winningest quarterbacks are interesting. Delhomme seems surprised that he is still even in the picture, while Cam seems to have thought he passed that mark a while ago.