1. Matt Stafford
Matthew Stafford joined a win-less Detroit Lions team in 2009, in what was supposed to be the coming out party for the new face of the Lions franchise. But Stafford was riddled with injuries for the next two seasons, not really making an impact until 2011, where the Lions posted their best record (10-6) since 1995.
Stafford is known for his huge arm and surprising athleticism. While the Lions rebuilding process since their 0-16 season in 2009 has been long and grueling, Stafford has done an excellent job of working with what he has and using this attributes to his advantage.
The Lions made the playoffs for the second time since Stafford came on board this year. Unfortunately, they were knocked out in the Wild Card game by a questionable call in the fourth quarter that led the Dallas Cowboys to face off against the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round.
Moving forward, the Lions have so much to be excited about. Even with the departure of Ndamukung Suh, Detroit has acquired Haloti Ngata and Darryl Tapp to fill in on the defensive line in free agency. A smart fill spot thinking how much Suh’s asking price would have crippled the Lions for years to come.
With this being said, there is no reason that Matthew Stafford can’t lead the Lions to a Super Bowl. He does have the best wide receiver in all of football in Calvin Johnson who is showing no signs of slowing down after catching over 1,000 yards for the fifth consecutive season this year. But what makes Stafford more capable of winning a Super Bowl than most of the quarterbacks on this list, is that he still has his youth. At 27, Stafford could be a solid quarterback in the NFL for another 10 years. And he has already proven himself to be a winner when healthy. This gives Detroit plenty of time to load their team with talent and make a title run.
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