Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford did not make the Pro Bowl because he has the wrong name and plays for the wrong team. He did not make the Pro Bowl because he is viewed by some around the league as a one-trick pony, a guy who targets wide receiver Calvin Johnson too much.
Stafford is not on the Pro Bowl team because he has not earned his stripes. He has not made playoff runs, has not been talked about on ESPN enough and is not in the in crowd amongst talking heads. He is not on the Pro Bowl because some people cast their votes early before New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning turned from good quarterback to disaster.
If Stafford put up the same numbers in New York and produced the same amount of victories and his name was Matthew Manning we would not be complaining in Detroit. We’d be slapping him on the back and congratulatiing him for a job well done. Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers are the no doubt, no question elite quarterbacks in the NFC.
Stafford is the clear third choice. If you want to say Manning is a better quarterback because he has accomplished more by winning a Super Bowl then so be it. You cannot say he was a better quarterback in 2011.
Let’s compare Stafford to Manning.
Manning has passed for 4,587 yards, 26 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He has completed 60.3 percent of his passes and sports a 90.3 quarterback rating. Those are nice numbers and a nice season worthy of consideration.
Stafford on the other hand has passed for 4,518 yards, 36 touchdowns and 14 picks. He has a QB rating of 96.6, has four comeback wins and has led his team to the playoffs. Those are stats and accomplishments worthy of the Pro Bowl.
Eli Manning continues to ride the coattails of older brother Peyton Manning. He is a good quarterback but he is not elite. He has a weak running game, Stafford does not have a run game.
There is a pecking order in sports. You must wait your turn. It is a joke but that is just the way it is. So we will stomp and kick and bitch and complain but none of that matters. Stafford got the shaft. I know it. You know it.
Besides, who watches the stupid Pro Bowl any way?