Peter Schrager: Matthew Stafford 'might be the best' in the NFL
Peter Schrager spreads the love for Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Matthew Stafford has improved wildly since the second half of last season, and that improvement has pushed people to take notice of him.
Tuesday, Peter Schrager of Fox Sports made the media rounds and was touting his opinion that Stafford is one of the best quarterbacks in football. Schrager, in fact, took that a step further, calling Stafford quite possibly the best in the game today.
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"Matthew Stafford is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, he might be the best quarterback in the NFL," Schrager said on Good Morning Football.
The reasoning? Schrager sees Stafford dominating this season in spite of plenty shortcomings the team has this season.
"They have the youngest offensive line I've seen in football, it's the youngest offensive line in Detroit since 1979. It's all first, second or third year guys. The running back situation? Ameer Abdullah? Down. Theo Riddick? Down. Dwayne Washington? Down," Schrager said, noting later that Stafford has put the team on his back.
Statistically speaking, Stafford has also done well under Jim Bob Cooter, something Schrager was quick to point out in noting he's tossed 33 touchdowns to six interceptions between the middle of last season and this season, making him a +27. That's numbers comparable to Cam Newton and Russell Wilson.
In doing that, he's making throws in which the difficulty level is very high.
"I'm watching this guy, he's throwing off his back foot, across his body. I heard this from an NFL general manager who said to me, no other quarterback can make that pass," Schrager said.
The bottom line? The Lions are better because of Stafford.
"The Lions are winning on the back of Matthew Stafford right now" Schrager said while joining The Herd. "If he's not their quarterback, I'm not sure they win any game."
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