It's a good question, and worthy of debate. But Newton's 2011 debut is not a slam-dunk No. 1 at this point.
At his current pace, the Carolina quarterback would pass for 4,786 yards (that number will come down when weather starts to turn), 22 touchdowns and 18 picks, and his team would win just four games. While that would rank as the best rookie season for a QB statistically, it'd be far from the best among all players.
Some better rookie seasons include:
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