Ranking Saints' Derek Carr among NFC quarterback landscape

Derek Carr, New Orleans Saints
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#2 NFC Quarterback: Matthew Stafford - Los Angeles Rams

When Aaron Rodgers finally gets traded, Matthew Stafford will be the only quarterback in the NFC that has won a Super Bowl. Let that sink in for a second.

So why isn't he number one then? Well, he isn't exactly a spring chicken, and before his season was lost to injury in 2022, one year after winning the Super Bowl in 2021, his play looked to be on a bit of a decline. That doesn't mean he isn't still top-tier in the conference however.

Stafford proved to be the missing piece Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams were looking for, to unlock both their offense, and their entire team's potential. It culminated with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI, and the crowning achievement in the career of Stafford.

It's entirely possible he bounces back in 2023, and leapfrogs his way to the top of the list. We feel we're giving him respect here, even if those around the league may not do the same when it comes to league-wide rankings. It really is interesting that Stafford is rarely mentioned amongst the elite, and perhaps his years in the Motor City have something to do with it.

Stafford is arguably the best quarterback in the conference, and a borderline future Hall of Fame inductee, but he isn't number one on our list.