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Notes: Matthew Stafford named Tier-2 QB, 9th overall by NFL coaches, evaluators

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Stafford is a clear top-10 QB according to most NFL evaluators.

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A couple weeks ago, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler asked a variety of NFL employees to rank the top 10-15 quarterbacks in the league. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford got votes from as high as four to as low as 14. When averaged out with the rest of the league, Stafford came in as the 10th best quarterback in the league.

The Athletic did something similar this week, but with a different methodology. Polling 50 different NFL coaches and evaluators, Mike Sando asked them to simply put every starting quarterback in buckets from Tier 1 (best) to Tier 5 (worst). He then averaged out the votes and ranked the quarterbacks by those results.

Stafford was firmly in Tier 2, along with Tom Brady, Lamar Jackson, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan, Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott and Philip Rivers. His average tier vote was 2.04, good for ninth best in the NFL.

This is a pretty big improvement from Sando’s results from 2019, when Stafford averaged a 2.22 tier and was 11th overall. Check out how the voting broke down for each season.

2019 (55 votes):

  • Tier 1: 1 votes
  • Tier 2: 41 votes
  • Tier 3: 13 votes

2019 (50 votes)

  • Tier 1: 5 votes
  • Tier 2: 38 votes
  • Tier 3: 7 votes

As you can see, Stafford got significantly more Tier 1 votes this year and nearly half the Tier 3 votes he received last year. Slowly, Stafford is gaining the respect he deserves around the league. Now, if he performs at the same level as last year but for an entire season, we may see him pushing Tier 1 next year.

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