Peyton Manning is still a better quarterback than Joe Flacco, regardless of what Elvis Dumervil has to say.
As Dumervil told NFL Network's Albert Breer in an interview after his introductory press conference in Baltimore, he believes the Ravens give him the best chance to win a Super Bowl because of one player—Joe Flacco:
Also, in my 1-on-1 with Dumervil, I asked why he thought Baltimore gave him the best chance to win a title. His answer: "The quarterback."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 26, 2013
What Dumervil is saying is straightforward enough. Dumervil believes Flacco gives him a better chance at a Super Bowl ring than Peyton Manning.
Sorry Elvis, you're wrong. Dead wrong.
Even hinting that Flacco, who has put together just one magnificent postseason run, is in any way better than Manning, one of the greatest to ever play the position, is plain wrong and irresponsible.
Any way you want to cut it, whether it be all time, present or future, Manning is a better quarterback than Flacco.
Flacco is a hot item right now, sure. He just completed a historic postseason run in which he tossed 11 touchdowns and no interceptions, which enabled him to join Hall of Famer Joe Montana as the only quarterback to do so.
The brilliance won Flacco a Super Bowl MVP, and culminated in him becoming the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL.
Winning the ring allowed Flacco to match Manning's output, both as a champion and as a Super Bowl MVP.
Granted, it took Manning nine seasons to win his first ring; Flacco only needed five years in the league to accomplish the feat. Manning has a tendency to be labeled as a choker in the postseason, which has allowed Flacco to catch up in number of playoff wins quickly, as Peter Burns of Fox Sports pointed out:
Regarding Dumervil's QB comment: Playoff records: Peyton Manning 9 wins in 20 games...Joe Flacco 9 wins in 13 games.— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsRadio) March 26, 2013
The counter is, of course, that Manning orchestrated some miserable teams in Indianapolis, Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison or not. Flacco, on the other hand, has always been backed by an elite running back and defense.
Compare the careers—heck, even last season—and it's not even a debate on who the better quarterback is.
Flacco threw for 3,817 yards with 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, giving him an 87.7 rating. He completed 59.7 percent of his passes. On the other hand, Manning threw for 4,659 while tallying 37 touchdowns to 11 interceptions, which landed him with a 105.8 rating. Manning completed 68.6 percent of his attempts.
Do you agree with Elvis Dumervil?
According to ProFootballFocus, a site that analyzes every snap of a player's season, Flacco graded out as the No. 20 quarterback in the league—not a horrible ranking by any means. However, Manning graded out as the best quarterback in the NFL.
PFF's rating system goes as far back as 2008. Manning has ranked in the top five each year, minus 2011 thanks to his neck injury. In that same span, Flacco has ranked inside the Top 15 just once.
At the end of the day, it's hard to imagine even Dumervil believed what he said to Breer. If anything, it sounds like sour grapes directed at the Broncos organization as a whole after the fiasco that saw him released from the team he spent the better part of a decade with after being drafted.
As he even stated himself, he has a chip on his shoulder and "wanted to feel wanted" by his next team. Unfortunately, it seems Manning was caught in the crossfire.
We have a feeling Manning will survive the comments from his former teammate.
It's hard to imagine Dumervil will do the same. He was clearly attempting to get on good terms with his new quarterback who, to Flacco's credit, is at times unfairly scrutinized by the media, but he didn't pick the smartest way to go about it.
Dumervil is inherently wrong. The bottom line is, the NFL is a team sport, and Manning is a rare breed who has shown year in and out an ability to elevate the play of those around him.
Dumervil is going to experience some negative feedback for his comments outside of Baltimore and bring some unnecessary attention to the Ravens and Flacco during a time in which things are looking up for the franchise.
Right now, we're not even close to seeing Manning passing the torch to any quarterback, let alone Joe Flacco. Dumervil had a better chance at a Super Bowl in Denver, if we're going by the quarterback position alone.
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