Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco Is Overrated, Right? Wrong

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 18:  A detail of the back of the jersey worn by Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Championship game on January 18, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Steelers won 23-14. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Sam SnyderCorrespondent IJune 27, 2009

In wake of Joe Flacco's accomplishments, many people claim that Joe Flacco did not deserve the credit he got for being the first rookie QB to win two playoff games.

Many critics look at his stats as the main argument against him. His stats are average, and many claim that his numbers don't reflect the praise he got. Let's take a look see.




Att
Comp
%
yds
ypa
 Lng
 TD
 INT
 rating

 





       



428 25760% 2971  6.9 70 14 12 80.3            

 

OK, I'm willing to grant that it's average, but you have to look at his circumstances. He was a QB from Delaware, ad DI-AA school. The starting QB, Kyle Boller, went down in the preseason and was sidelined for the year. Troy Smith was next in line, but he came down with a nasty case of tonsillitis.

In comes Flacco, being thrust into the limelight, in arguably the toughest division in the league, having to face Carson Palmer and Bengals, and the vaunted Steeler defense twice a year. I'd say he did fine for his circumstances.

Critics say "he only won two playoff games because he had a strong defense behind him."

True, he did have a strong defense behind him, but in many games he was able to lead the offense to be able to hold it's own. In several games, Flacco performed like many veteran QBs.

In a week 13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, he threw for a personal best 280 yards and 2 TD's, for the Ravens sixth win in their previous seven games. In a seven-game stretch, he compiled a passer rating of 99.1, the best of any Quarterbacks in that span.

In a week 16 win over the Dallas Cowboys, he was 17 for 25 throwing 149 yards, 1 TD, and a Passer Rating of 96.9. In winning the game, he became the last quarterback to win at Texas Stadium since that was the last game ever played at Texas Stadium.

This would also make him the second rookie Quarterback ever to win at Texas Stadium since Ben Roethlisberger.

In week 17 Joe Flacco had a new personal best, 297 yards. He was 17 of 23 for a QB rating of 115.8 as the Baltimore Ravens routed the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-7. He was awarded the Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year Award, joining players like, Vince Young, Adrian Peterson and Ben Roethlisberger.

His worst performance was against the Steelers in the AFC Championship, where he threw three interceptions. A very poor performance, and he was again blasted by critics.

OK,his performance was terrible, I'll grant that, but let's compare. Jake Delhomme, the QB for the Carolina Panthers, choked similarly, throwing five interceptions against the Cardinals. He has been in the league since 1997, one year less than the Baltimore Raven's existence.

Now let's look at Ben Roethlisberger's performance in the 2004-5 AFC Championship. Three interceptions, pretty familiar right? Now look at Roethlisberger, three division titles, two conference titles, and two Superbowl rings.

You can say all you want about his stats, his individual performances, and his team behind him. But remember this, the NFL is about one thing, winning and losing. Joe Flacco is a winner, not many QB's in the league can say the same for themselves.

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