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Lions notes: Matthew Stafford ranked 11th-best QB by NFL coaches, executives

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Stafford is considered a second-tier QB across the league.

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After a down year in 2018, NFL analysts are in disagreement as to where Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford stands amongst the rest of the league’s passers. Now ten years into his career, many would have expected more from the former first overall pick. Others blame his circumstances, noting that he’s never truly had a good running game, and his defenses are usually pretty bad.

This week, Mike Sando of The Athletic released his 2019 NFL quarterback tiers. Sando reached out to 55 coaches and NFL executives and asked them to place every starting NFL quarterback into a tier. Then he averaged every answer and ranked them accordingly.

Stafford came in 11th on Sando’s list, with 41 of 55 coaches and executives giving Stafford the second tier grade. 13 voters ranked Stafford in the third tier, while only one still believes the Lions quarterback is a first-tier quarterback.

Here’s a sampling of what they said about Stafford.

“He has 1 talent, but 2 production,” an anonymous GM said. “He hasn’t won as much as they had hoped, but I think they haven’t helped him a lot, either. Last year, they traded his best receiver. I just think he’s talented, I think he’s a competitor. He scares us.”

“He can do everything you want, but you are always waiting for everyone around him to get better, and usually what happens with the top guys, they make those guys better, and you just do not see that happening with him,” a defensive coordinator said.

At this point, 11th seems fair for the veteran quarterback. For the majority of his career, he’s hung right around the top 10 and this year doesn’t feel any different.

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