NFC South: NFL Nation Confidential: Two-minute QB

NFLN survey/Super Bowl QB: Panthers

January, 29, 2014
Jan 29
What about Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton?

No surprise. New England's Tom Brady was selected the quarterback most players in the NFL would want with two minutes remaining and the game on the line.

No surprise. Denver's Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers were next on the list.

That's pretty much the way it went with the 10 Carolina Panthers I surveyed for this report. Brady and Rodgers had three votes each, with Manning receiving two.

New Orleans' Drew Brees and Eli Manning of the New York Giants also received a vote. I loved the comment by the player who voted for Eli.

"He pulls stuff out of his a--,'' he said.

Here is a surprise. Newton didn't receive a vote from anybody surveyed on the other 31 teams.

It's a surprise because Newton directed four fourth-quarter game-winning drives this season. Three he engineered in the final two minutes, including wins over Brady and the Patriots and Brees and the Saints.

So while the third-year quarterback proved a lot this season, he still has a lot to prove.
TAMPA, Fla. -- In our NFL Nation survey, we asked players around the league to name which quarterback they would want at the two-minute warning with the Super Bowl on the line.

As you probably expected, the New England Patriots' Tom Brady and the Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning were at the top of the list. Brady got 40 percent of the vote and Manning received 26.9 percent of the vote.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Mike Glennon didn't get any votes. That's understandable. Glennon just finished a rookie season in which the Bucs only won four games.

But I did see some signs that Glennon someday might be a quarterback you would want with a big game on the line. As a rookie, Glennon showed very good composure and earned the respect of his teammates. If he can continue to grow in those areas, he someday might be mentioned in this conversation.