Even after 12 respected years with the Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford still Had a world of things to prove when the Rams traded him last offseason.
But now with a Super Bowl Ringing, he has easily solidified himself as one of the best QBs in the league. And apparently, CBS Sports agrees.
The site released its 2022 NFL quarterback tier list Wednesday and has Stafford ranked in the best-of-the-best in tier No. 1, which has been labeled “Bona Fide Franchise QBs.”
Here’s last year and this year’s Tier No. 1 along with analysis of the selections:
2021: Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, Russell Wilson, Justin Herbert, Deshaun Watson
2022: Mahomes, Brady, Rodgers, Jackson, Allen, Wilson, Herbert, Joe Burrow, Matt Stafford
If your team does not have a top-flight quarterback, it probably has no real chance to compete in 2022. They are the ultimate equalizers. They are essential in the modern game. Look only at the recent upgrades that the Buccaneers and Rams made at this position that led to a Lombardi Trophy the following year. It tells you all you need to know.
The only reason Burrow wasn’t on this list a year ago was because he was rehabbing from major knee surgery. It was fair to wonder when he would return fully and when he would overcome the mental and physical aspect of the process, to say nothing of him having a shoddy offensive line. Well, we all know how that went. Amazing. And for years people would look at this column and rip me for having Stafford too high in their estimation. People thought I’d over-valued him. Ask Sean McVay about that.
Last season, Stafford threw for the league’s third-most passing yards (4,886), the second-most touchdowns (41), and tied for his career-high single-season completion percentage (67.2 percent). Only Justin Herbert and Tom Brady, who are also in the first tier, had more passing yards.
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Stafford’s passing performance throughout last season is even more impressive when considering how porous LA’s running game was. The Rams had a forgettable, eighth-worst rushing attack that averaged just 99 rush yards per game.
From bad defenses during his years in Detroit to subpar rushing attacks last season, Stafford proved he can lead a team to victory through all and comfortably deserves his spot in the best QBs in the NFL.
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