Stafford reacts to his No. 41 ranking in the NFL’s Top 100 Players

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on May 30, 2012 – 10:29 pm

The NFL Network has been airing their Top 100 Players of 2012 series, this week highlighting the players that fell between 41 and 50 on the list.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford became the first Lions player to make the list, coming in at No. 41.

Whether Stafford should have been ranked higher was a point of debate on the reaction show. Former coaches and current analysts Brian Billick and Steve Mariucci both agreed that Stafford could have been higher, citing his 5,038-yard, 41-touchdown season and the way he put the Lions on his back in 2011.

The list is voted on by NFL players.

Said Stafford on the NFL Network’s reaction show, “I’m happy to be on this list. Obviously I struggled to stay on the field my first two years, was able to put one good season together last year and hopefully looking for more to come.

“I’m just happy the guys in the league felt I was playing well enough to vote me on this list.”

Stafford was also asked about Calvin Johnson and whether there is any doubt in his mind that he will be the highest-ranked receiver on the list as voted by the players.

“I hope not,” said Stafford. “He better be (the highest ranked). If anybody leaves him as not the top guy, they’re crazy.

“He’s a great player to have, a great teammate. Obviously a bunch of yards and touchdowns I had last year I threw to him and I’m happy to have him for sure.”


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4 Responses to “Stafford reacts to his No. 41 ranking in the NFL’s Top 100 Players”

  1. By fred on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    I am furious about this “top 100″ list. Peyton made #50 without taking a single snap all season…whichh is a slap in the face to 51-100, and for Stafford to be only 9 ranks higher is just sad. He broke a record with his first healthy full season. But non-believing players can hate all they want, next season will rank him much higher

  2. By vern huxley on Jun 1, 2012 | Reply

    I too am furious. Not that Manning (P) got #50, because by not taking a snap it surely proved that the Colts were nothing without him thus proving his worth but that all the hub bub about Newton being so much better than Matt. Newton did have a steller rookie year, no doubt, but in Staffords 1st full year he gave all us LIONS fans and the entire National Football League what very well coulda been. Not saying that Stafford would have had 5000 yd seasons #1 and 2 but??????? You dont know? Just saying,to rank and say that Newton is better than Matt upsets me more than Mannings ranking. Go LIONS

  3. By Gibbyfan23 on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    Lions Fans, be prepared for,Calvin to NOT have as big a numbers as he did last year,You can BET that teams are going to cover him like a blanket, worse than they did last year, alibet,CC’S ignorence saying Calvin is NOT ELITE last year HELPED, this year, we are going to need,Buerlson,Young,Broyels,Pettigrew,Scheff. and a running back,preferiable 1 that can throw,(half-back option to Calvin), MATT (SHOTGUN) STAFFORD, will show that he is as ELITE as they come as well,Detroit making the Playoffs for the 1st time in awhile has put everybody else on ALERT, Detroit won’t sneak up on anybody this year, so Detroit’s defense,(SUH,VB,DELMUS and crew) are going to have to step-up,BIG, we need to be a TOP-5 defense for the LIONS to repeat, the offense will be fine, but don’t expect numbers like last year,basically 21+ points per game, ALL the accolaids are great, CALVIN’S MADDEN 13, STAFFORDS,41 ranking, but don’t mean SHIT, Billy BEANE of the A’S is RIGHT, you don’t remember anything with the last lose of the season, the seasons a failure unless you win the SUPERBOWL,it’s that SIMPLE, PERIOD.

  4. By UnknownWriter on Jun 10, 2012 | Reply

    Gibbyfan23 — Nate Berleson, Titus Young. Those two players are good enough to destroy defenses on their own. It’s a number’s game. Calvin Johnson always had opponents shut-down corners on him with a LB zone and Safety cover. That’s three players in every defense attacking him. Add that at the minimum teams had five men rushing Matt Stafford, that left Nate, Young, Pettigrew, and Best being covered by three guys. Teams can’t afford to ‘tighten’ the coverage on Johnson any more than they are now or else their will be somebody left wide open. I think Stafford is good enough to find the open man. If team are willing to let Stafford play pitch and catch all day with other talent on our team, then I think Johnson won’t mind one bit if his numbers drop a little. But I expect teams will more likely be trying to lay Stafford out this year to prevent him from even throwing the ball or making him hurry so much that he won’t have time to read his progression. That would be the only way to slow down the juggernaut that is the Detroit Lion’s offense.

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