Is Joe Flacco Better Than Matt Schaub? and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistFebruary 5, 2013

Schaub crushed the Ravens in the regular season.
Schaub crushed the Ravens in the regular season.Bob Levey/Getty Images

Stock in Joe Flacco Inc. will never be higher.

Fresh off a Super Bowl MVP award, suddenly perception of the Ravens' perpetually average quarterback has changed.

Randy Harvey and Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle engaged in a debate about whether Flacco is better than Matt Schaub.

The two articles both point out the same essential truth. There's just not much difference between Schaub and Flacco. While Flacco has a bigger arm, his accuracy has always been an issue until the last month.

It's important not to overreact to what was a fantastic month for Flacco. Nothing he did in the last four games bears any resemblance to how he normally plays. He's shown no penchant for playing well in playoff games before this season.

Basically, Flacco is an average quarterback who got hot for a month. He's the modern version of Phil Simms in 1986.

While Schaub didn't play up to his normal standards over the final six or seven games, there's no reason to assume he's out of Flacco's league. If anything, Schaub had a better regular season and pulled off as many dramatics as Flacco did.

One guy caught fire at the right time and the other guy faded. Other than that, there's not much difference between the two.


General Interest

Jayson Stark of points out that the NFL needs more MLB-style parity.

Scott Kacsmar breaks down the Super Bowl for Cold Hard Football Facts.

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective says John Harbaugh outcoached his brother.

Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats has Super Bowl analysis in two parts.

Kacsmar, writing for NBC Sports, lists the top 10 contenders for 2013.

Kacsmar, on Bleacher Report, asks if Brady and Manning are too old to win the Super Bowl.


Houston Texans

Paul Kuharsky of compares the Colts and the Texans.


Indianapolis Colts

Greg Cowan of Colts Authority says Ryan Grigson faces big challenges.


Tennessee Titans

Tom Gower of Total Titans analyzes the Titans' quarterback position.

John Glennon of the Tennessean says the Titans could create more cap room if they wanted.


Jacksonville Jaguars

John Oehser of has nuggets from interviews with David Caldwell and Shad Khan.