Matthew Stafford has been an elite QB for well over a decade. The problem is that he played for the Detroit Lions. One of the worst teams in football for the past 10 years, the Lions nearly ruined the prime of Stafford’s career. But, they gave him a lifeline by trading him to the Los Angeles Rams.
Now with a Super Bowl contender, the world will finally appreciate just how elite a QB Stafford is and has always been. He’ll do the same exact thing that he’s done in his NFL career; play great football. The difference is that he has a great defense to back him up, and playmakers all over on offense to share the ball with.
Fastest Player to Reach 45,000 Career Passing Yards
Casual fans may not realize this, but Stafford has blown through the NFL record books, becoming the fastest player to reach 20,000, 30,000, 40,000, and 45,000 career passing yards. He has been stuffing the stat sheet since being the #1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
While he has only made 1 Pro Bowl over the course of his career, Stafford still nearly has a 2:1 TD: INT ratio. He has a career passing rating of 90.2, which is more than respectable for playing on such a mediocre Lions team. While Calvin Johnson was constantly praised, more praise should have been thrown on Stafford, the man throwing him the pigskin.
Stafford has played in the shadows of Aaron Rodgers in the NFC North for years, and never really got his chance to shine. He has only played in 3 playoff games in his career, losing all three. He hasn’t really lit it up in the postseason, totaling 5 touchdowns and 5 turnovers, but his defense has allowed an average of 33 points in those 3 playoff games. There’s not much a QB can do when his defense is giving him no help at all.
This Could be the Year he Gets his Ring
The Los Angeles Rams are off to a great start so far this season. Stafford has been everything that Rams fans have hoped for. He has taken care of the football and delivered electric big plays to his star-studded pass catchers. These Rams should be considered Super Bowl favorites with an invigorated Stafford under center.
He finally has the defensive help that he has longed for throughout his entire year. Combine that with his offensive playmakers, Sean McVay, and newfound confidence, the Rams will make any opponent dread playing them. They have enough on defense, and that’s all a QB like Stafford will need. Stafford already has an innate connection with Cooper Kupp, and his relationships with other pass-catchers will only develop further over the rest of the season.
Matthew Stafford has always been a highly thought of QB, from his time as a 5-star recruit out of high school, to the top QB in his draft class. Now, after being thought of as a good, maybe great QB, he can finally get the respect that he fully deserves. Matthew Stafford is an elite NFL QB.