CJ Stroud's comments about Aaron Rodgers go viral

CJ Stroud ready to throw a pass

August 10, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Houston Texans quarterback CJ Stroud (7) throws the ball during warmups before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Photo Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers is widely considered one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL, but Houston Texans star CJ Stroud seems to believe the four-time NFL MVP has performed somewhat below his potential in his career.

Stroud spoke about Rodgers and other NFL quarterbacks during an appearance on the latest episode of the “Million Dollaz Worth of Game” podcast, released Monday. Stroud had some surprising views, and one of them came when he heaped praise on Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Stroud drew a big reaction from the hosts when he said he would put Stafford on the same level as “Brady and the rest of them.” The former Ohio State star then said he believed Stafford would win multiple Super Bowl rings if Stafford had the same supporting cast as Rodgers.

“He could be up there with (Tom) Brady and the rest of them, brother. I study the game. Stafford is a dog, brother,” Stroud said. “You don't understand, brother. That's all I watch. I don't watch anybody else. I watch (Patrick) Mahomes sometimes because Mahomes does things you can't coach. But Stafford will beat you every time with the same thing. … If Matthew Stafford had been given a chance like Aaron Rodgers had, I guarantee he would have had more rings. I'd say he would have had like three or four.”

It was obvious that Stroud's goal was to elevate Stafford, not humiliate Rodgers. However, Stroud also caused a stir when he said he would rather have Eli Manning's career than Rodgers'.

Note that the clip contains curses:

And that wasn't all Stroud had to say about Rodgers. Stroud also made some notable comments about the way Brady treated his teammates. He seemed to suggest that Rodgers failed in that regard.

“You know what I think – I talked to Tom Brady about it because he's a good mentor to me … he told me about his teammates and how he treats them. And that's where I think the problem lies,” Stroud said, transcribed by Jet X's Thomas Christopher. “We don't know how Aaron Rodgers treats his teammates, but you can be sure that Tom Brady treats his teammates right because that's how he got those rings.”

Again, Stroud didn't attack Rodgers directly. But he said enough to understand why the remarks garnered so much attention.

Stroud is coming off an impressive rookie season in which he led the Texans to the playoffs and the Pro Bowl, and in announcing his top five NFL quarterbacks, he showed he isn't afraid to speak his mind, even if it leads to criticism.