NFL‘s senior analyst Gil Brandt constructed a list of 12 quarterbacks in the league that could very well see themselves as a champion once as the smoke clears from Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas in February of 2017. Among the 12 names, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford finds himself on the list. Stafford comes in at the number 12 spot overall. Carson Palmer, Teddy Bridgewater and Philip Rivers are a few other QB’s that join Stafford. Brandt gives extremely valid points as to why he selected these 12 quarterbacks to be spotlighted on his list for ‘first-timer’ quarterbacks that have what it takes to lead their teams to the promise land.
Here’s Brandt’s reasoning as to why Stafford is his list.
The point that really stands out with what Brandt said about Stafford is how ‘he just needs to put everything together’. He’s the leader of the football team and a guy who propels the offense. Having a full off-season to really register offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter‘s scheme seems like it’s going to do wonders for the offense and Matthew Stafford. The offense as a whole thrived when Cooter took over last season for Joe Lombardi and anything to do with the offense begins with the quarterback, that being Stafford.
Now having a full season in 2016 after being in an offense where he seemed extremely comfortable the second half of last, who knows what that could bring Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions as a team. Thinking Super Bowl is probably a little over-the-top here in the Motor City, but you never know, 2016 could end up being a pretty special one once it’s all said and done.