The first overall draft pick of the 2009 NFL draft, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has endeared himself to the city of Detroit since his career with the team began. Now, he finds himself among the best quarterbacks to currently play the game.
“Matt Stafford is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He might be the best quarterback in the entire NFL,” said Fox Sports analyst Peter Schrager.
So far this season, Stafford has completed 146 of his 212 attempts for 1,648 yards for 14 touchdowns against four interceptions. His quarterback rating of 106 is good for third in the league, and far surpasses his career mark of 86.9.
In the video, Schrager mentions that since Week 10 of the 2015 season (when Jim Bob Cooter took over as offensive coordinator), Stafford has thrown 33 touchdowns and just six interceptions. His +27 ratio is tied for the best mark in the NFL with Russell Wilson over that time span.
Schrager also points out some of the shortcomings that the Lions have had this season, without slowing Stafford down. “This is the youngest offensive line in Detroit since 1979,” he said. “It’s all first-, second- or third-year guys. The running back situation: Ameer Abdullah, down. Theo Riddick, down. Dwayne Washington, down.”
Former Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson also joined the show, and said the following:
“For so long he leaned on Calvin (Johnson) and rightfully so. When Calvin retired I said Matt Stafford would have a career year (in 2016) because he’s not leaning on the best receiver in the world, and everybody looked at me and they laughed.
I said wait and see. Because Matt Stafford will show that he’s more versatile than a guy that can just alley-oop a ball to Calvin Johnson. And he’s showing that right now with pieces that some would say aren’t as good as other teams’.”
What are your thoughts, Nation? Has Stafford rightfully claimed the title of ”one of the best in the game (or even the best), or does he have more work to do to be in that conversation?