It hasn’t exactly been a banner year for Matthew Stafford or the Detroit Lions offense. The Lions quarterback is coming off one of his least efficient games of his entire career in a 20-0 blanking by the Carolina Panthers.
But that doesn’t mean he’s lost the respect of his peers.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers joined “The Pat McAfee Show” this week and he brought up Stafford completely unprompted. The conversation turned to no-look passes, and podcast host Pat McAfee ironically joked with Rodgers that he was so glad Patrick Mahomes invented the no-look pass. While the comment was meant to compliment Rodgers for similar no-look passes throughout his career, the Packers quarterback wanted to give Stafford some love, too.
“I will say this, a guy who probably doesn’t get anywhere near the credit for doing shit like that all the time: He wears number nine and plays in Detroit,” Rodgers said. “That dude, what he does with the ball is impressive. It’s really really impressive. I know Dan Orlovsky will highlight some stuff from time to time, because they played together and they’re good friends—which he should—but that dude is throwing crazy no-lookers all the time, and he can throw from any arm angle.”
"They wouldn't show it because I play for the #Packers...— Pat McAFLEET (@PatMcAfeeShow) November 24, 2020
But I had a pretty sweet no looker to Davante on the last drive that I had kinda set up for a few plays"@AaronRodgers12 on the no look pass & some high praise for #Lions QB Matthew Stafford #PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/MDpKDyROOK
While it’s a bit odd Rodgers doesn’t mention Stafford by name, it is a nice nod of respect to a division rival. Of course, Pride of Detroit readers know that we’ve been trying to give the guy credit for no-lookers for quite some time.
If you want to see the full Rodgers interview, you can go to Pat McAfee’s YouTube channel here.