The Chris Simms top 40 NFL quarterback countdown, No. 9: Matthew Stafford

Chris Simms top 40 NFL quarterback rankings: Matthew Stafford
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He missed half of last season due to a back injury, but he remains in the top half of all NFL quarterbacks.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford comes in at No. 9 on the Chris Simms top 40 countdown for 2020.

Still only 32, Stafford has thrown for more than 41,000 yards in his career, with 256 touchdown passes — already 18th and 19th, respectively, on the all-time list. The knock continues to be that he doesn’t win. He career record is 69-79-1, and he has no postseason victories.

But the quarterback only deserves so much of the blame. The supporting cast hasn’t been consistently solid, and the organization has labored for decades under the weight of deep-seated dysfunction.

This is the year it could change. If it doesn’t, the could be plenty of changes in Detroit, including a change of venue for Stafford.

More from Chris Simms top 40 QBs list:

No. 40: Tua Tagovailoa

No. 39: Dwayne Haskins

No. 38: Mitchell Trubisky

No. 37: Justin Herbert

No. 36: Taysom Hill

No. 35: Jarrett Stidham

No. 34: Tyrod Taylor

No. 33: Jameis Winston

No. 32: Case Keenum

No. 31: Nick Foles

No. 30: Gardner Minshew II

No. 29: Teddy Bridgewater

No. 28: Ryan Fitzpatrick

No. 27: Andy Dalton

No. 26: Joe Burrow

No. 25: Drew Lock

No. 24 Jared Goff

No. 23: Sam Darnold

No. 22: Daniel Jones

No. 21: Baker Mayfield

No. 20: Jimmy Garoppolo

No. 19: Derek Carr

No. 18: Josh Allen

No. 17: Philip Rivers

No. 16: Drew Brees

No. 15: Tom Brady

No. 14: Ben Roethlisberger

No. 13: Kirk Cousins

No. 12: Kyler Murray

No. 11: Ryan Tannehill

No. 10: Cam Newton

13 responses to “The Chris Simms top 40 NFL quarterback countdown, No. 9: Matthew Stafford

  1. The supporting cast never seemed to matter with other teams and QBs. He’s expected to win. No excuses.

  2. Matt Stafford is now and has been the 2nd best QB in the NFC North for over 10 years now.

    Perhaps the most underrated QB in the NFL. I am glad Simms has him in the Top 10 here and rightfully so.

  3. If Ron Rivera needed a change of scenery, this could have been one hell of a spot. Install a killer defense like does, and a good playmaker and a solid line and Stafford could roar (pun intended). He’s already proven he can work some magic when needed behind a terrible line before, at least a few more valuable seconds could make all the difference in the world.

  4. Stafford has never had a run game or quality o-line sine he’s been in Detroit. Detroit has only had ONE 1,000 rusher since 2004!! And that was Reggie Bush clocking in at 1,006 in 2013. The last FIVE seasons the team’s leading rusher couldn’t break 650 yards!

    People who don’t see Lions games regularly don’t understand how badly Stafford’s immense talent is being wasted by this organization.

  5. Matt Stafford’s biggest flaw was being drafted by the Lions. The Lions are a poorly run organization and have been since 57. If say Stafford was on the Cowboys, he would have multiple rings (and I hate the Cowboys). He’s not the reason the Lions lose. He does have bad games here and there but really, he’s the only reason not to turn off a Lions game.

    Now, Simms is entitled to his opinion. Stafford is worlds better than Wentz (surrounded by talent). Stafford at this point, is better than Rogers. Rogers is on the down side of his career. 1000 x better than any Bears quarterback ever. I would put him probably around 6 or 7 in the league, looking at how they are now. Not past history.

  6. What’s his record against winning teams again? How can you be top 10 if you can never beat a top 10 team?

  7. skippyx says:
    June 19, 2020 at 12:45 am
    What’s his record against winning teams again? How can you be top 10 if you can never beat a top 10 team?


    Yes, QB is an important position, but at the end if the day it’s a team sport. And history shows this franchise has really only had one great player at a time (Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson, now Stafford).

  8. Always liked Stafford as a player and person. Don’t begrudge him this ranking at all, even if it is too high.

  9. Archie Manning for the Hall of Fame then maybe? He had such bad teammates. Poor Baby Super Stars League.

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