When it comes to Matthew Stafford, the term ‘lightning rod’ comes to mind.
Ever since Stafford entered the league, he has been loved by many but he has certainly had his fair share of haters. Some believe he is a solid quarterback who has the tools to lead the Lions to the promised land while others believe he is preventing then from getting there.
One person who definitely believes Stafford has what it takes is former NFL quarterback Carson Palmer.
Palmer recently joined the Tiki and Tierney Show on CBS Sports Radio and to say he is a fan of Stafford and his ability is an understatement.
From 97.1 The Ticket:
“But I think with my own eyes, the most talented quarterback that I’ve ever seen and just doesn’t get his just due, and it’s somebody that probably a lot of people wouldn’t put at the top of their list, but Matthew Stafford,” Palmer said.
Palmer believes Stafford has more talent than just about any QB in the league but the situation he has been put in has not given him the opportunity to shine.
“I think Matthew Stafford has more talent than most of the quarterbacks in the league not named Aaron Rodgers and Mahomes, but he plays for Detroit,” Palmer said. “The quarterback situation is so circumstantial, it’s so based on the organization. If you play for a good organization, you’re going to have a very, very successful career. If you play for a bad organization, it’s turnover and change and firing coaches and firing GM’s.
“Matthew Stafford has played for Detroit for too long and nobody knows he’s as good as he is because they don’t play on Monday Night Football multiple times a year and they don’t play a bunch on Sunday Night Football.”
Palmer went on to talk about how the Lions have handicapped their star players by having a revolving door when it comes to coaches and general managers.
“They’re just an organization that’s kind of been trying to find their way throughout his career, and Barry Sanders’ career, and Calvin Johnson’s career,” Palmer said. “But as far as talent’s concerned, he’s got more arm talent than 95 percent of the league, he’s got great feet, he’s mobile, he’s really smart, he’s extremely tough. But nobody knows about it because he plays for the Lions.”
Nation, do you agree with Palmer? Is Stafford one of the most talented QBs in the NFL who just happens to be stuck with an organization that has failed him?