In life, it’s not always about the end result, it’s about what you do with what you’re given. The same holds true in the NFL, especially for quarterbacks.
A perfect example of this is the comparison between Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford. The conventional wisdom is that Rodgers is superior because he has a Super Bowl, and has played with the same winning organization for his entire career. Stafford has struggled to keep the Lions competitive in the NFC North, and doesn’t have any playoff success. It’s not that simple.
Stafford has played like an MVP candidate this season, and has the Lions in the hunt for the playoffs. Rodgers has struggled for the past year, while contending with his first real adversity and criticism since he became the starter in Green Bay.
Since last Thanksgiving and the promotion of Jim Bob Cooter to offensive coordinator, Stafford has a better record (11-6), a better completion percentage (68.7), more touchdowns (36), fewer interceptions (6), and a higher passer rating (105.9), than Rodgers. He’s also doing it without “Megatron” Calvin Johnson, who retired last offseason.
Today in The Herd, Colin said it’s unfair to compare Stafford and Rodgers based strictly on results. Rodgers was drafted by a stable organization and front office with a winning head coach, and had very little pressure on him while he sat behind Brett Favre for his first three years.
“Stafford was a considerably better high school quarterback. A considerably better college talent. But, like we do in society all the time, we don’t consider what you’ve overcome and what you’ve inherited. When Stafford’s just been given marginally competent coaching, he’s an MVP candidate.”
Colin said that Stafford’s resume of starting immediately as the #1 pick for a team that was 0-16 and making them competitive, all while dealing with front office and coaching chaos, is more impressive than Rodgers.
“What Stafford has had to overcome in this league. Matt Millen, 0-16, defensive head coaches, chaos in ownership, losing franchise, horrible drafts, and where he is today with competent coaching. Who’s really the better talent?”
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 30, 2016