To start things off, I will begin by saying a lot of people will disagree with what I have to say. I'm flat out sick of people giving Joe Flacco so much undeserved credit.
Yes, he did "lead" a less than stellar offense into the postseason and won two games. Yet, the simple fact is that a lot of his performances were less than stellar.
People rave about this large armed, quarterback like he's in the same category as Payton Manning. Matt Ryan was so much more polished and better all around than Flacco. Flacco had a almost impenetrable defense on his side. He could hide behind this and let them take the game over.
Let's not forget that in 16 starts (yes, a full 16), he only had 2900 yards, and a 14-12 TD to INT ration (extremely average).
Literally, what really blows me up is in the championship game vs. Pitt, Flacco, at one point, was 2-12 passing, with no TD and two picks. The announcers actually said that Flacco looked really good. He was terrible! Let's not kid ourselves here, he isn't that good, YET! This makes me angrier than when Tom Brady throws a five yard pass, the receiver ran 70 yards for the score, and people rave about the incredible throw Tom Brady threw.
Although, some credit is deserved to Flacco. He did come in and lead an offense and win games...it's just that I'm sick of hearing him and Matt Ryan in the same category. (I hate both the Ravens and Falcons.) Ryan had a much better year, start to finish. Ryan also had a much weaker defense.
To leave things on a positive note, I believe that Flacco can become an elite quarterback, but, c'mon, lets not kid ourselves: he's not there yet!