CBS quarterback power ranking is a slap in the face to Rams QB Matthew Stafford

This is just pathetic, guys.
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CBS Sports released the first edition of their quarterback power rankings, and my goodness, LA Rams QB Matthew Stafford was violently disrespected. This is quite embarrassing. I'm not sure how you can watch Matthew Stafford play professional football and rank him this low. Too many times, people base their rankings on box-score watching.

But former Denver Broncos QB Russell Wilson had a near 100 passer rating in 2023 and threw over three times as many touchdowns as he did interceptions. However, the Denver Broncos passing offense was among the worst in the NFL and overall an incredibly inefficient unit. You have to dig deeper than what the statistics say, and it' clear that CBS did not.

Stafford being ranked 16th is just flat-out wrong. End of discussion; it's not even a valid opinion to have, Stafford is simply better than the 16th-best QB in the NFL. CBS, specifically Cody Benjamin, ranked these QBs ahead of Stafford (not every QB above him, but the ones of note):

Trevor Lawrence, Kirk Cousins, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, Jalen Hurts

This is just craziness! The only QB who I think even has a discussion to be ranked ahead of Matthew Stafford is Justin Herbert, but besides being huge and having a big arm, there's nothing else for Herbert to hang his hat on. But to rank Stafford below Lawrence, Cousins, Tagovailoa, and especially Hurts is silly.

Only Kirk Cousins was playing better than Matthew Stafford in 2023, but Cousins ruptured Achilles ended what would have been the best year of his career. It's weird to see Stafford ranked this low, and I just cannot jump onto any reason based in reality as to why he's the 16th-best passer in the league.

Sure, he might end up declining this year, but until that happens, he's among the elites in the NFL. Winning a Super Bowl in 2021, Stafford is on the doorstep of making the NFL Hall of Fame one day. His career losing record, thanks to the incompetence of the Detroit Lions organization, has really hurt his chances of getting in.

And no future Hall of Fame QB should be ranked this low. Do better, CBS.