But Bevell let Stafford loose in 2019, after he'd been handcuffed under Jim Bob Cooter, and the quarterback responded by playing some of the best football of his career. Before he went down with a back injury in Week 9, he ranked among the top five QB's in the NFL in just about every statistical category.
Just how highly does Wagner-McGough think of Stafford? He has him ranked one spot behind Deshaun Watson, one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the game. He also has Stafford ranked ahead of Tom Brady, who checks in at No. 9.
Regarding Rodgers, Wagner-McGough says the future Hall-of-Famer has started his decline:
Wagner-McGough's complete top 10 is below:
10. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT9. Tom Brady, TB8. Carson Wentz, PHI7. Matthew Stafford, DET6. Deshaun Watson, HOU5. Dak Prescott, DAL4. Drew Brees, NO3. Russell Wilson, SEA2. Lamar Jackson, BAL1. Patrick Mahomes, KC