Just a year ago, today’s Question of the Day would have been dismissed as crazy talk. Matthew Stafford was struggling with perhaps the worst stretch of his career. The Detroit Lions offense was slumping way worse than they should have been and much of the reason was Stafford’s play. Through the first six games of 2015, Stafford had just 10 touchdowns with nine interceptions.
Aaron Rodgers, on the other hand, was playing like his normal self. The Green Bay Packers started 6-0 last season, and Rodgers had 15 touchdowns to go with just two interceptions.
Since then, however, the two quarterbacks have gone on complete opposite trajectories. Stafford has been on an absolute tear every since the Lions promoted Jim Bob Cooter to offensive coordinator in Week 8, while Rodgers has endured a long slump that has him statistically comparable to guys like Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which quarterback would you take right now: Matthew Stafford or Aaron Rodgers?
My answer: Before I get into my answer, let me specify what I’m asking. I’m not asking who would you take in the very next game. I am asking which player would you want as your franchise quarterback going forward. Essentially I’m asking which of the two quarterbacks do you think will have the better career going forward, regardless of past accomplishments.
To me, this is a very tough question. We’ve seen Rodgers slump before, and we’ve seen him come out of it seamlessly (see: R-E-L-A-X). But Rodgers certainly deserves some criticism for his play as of late. I don’t think he’s done, nor has he even necessarily peaked, but Stafford is balling out right now. He has been so good as of late that it’s really hard to imagine picking any quarterback going forward over him, especially considering he’s still only 28 years old. Rodgers will be 33 in a few months. So in the end, give me Stafford by a hair.