I start this article by saying I work at a radio station, so i probably hear this more than most people. But the fact that I have to hear this brought up at all is mind boggling. For whatever reason, there is a smattering of Ravens fans who, no matter how well Flacco plays, want to see No. 10 on the field.
Troy Smith seems like a nice guy and was a pretty good college football quarterback. However, looking at his skill set, it doesn't impress me as much as when I watch Flacco throw the football. Troy Smith, in my opinion, will never be more than a servicable backup.
Now, to stomp what other people have said as to why Troy Smith should start. Some fans bring up the fact that he won a Heisman Trophy. While I am not taking anything away from that accomplishment, winning that trophy doesnt mean as much as it did. Here is a list of the winners since 2000:
Chris Weinke, Eric Crouch, Carson Palmer, Jason White, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, Troy Smith, Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, and Mark Ingram.
Not very impressive is it? In fact, Crouch and White never played a down in the NFL. The Heisman Trophy is more about how good the team is and since Ohio State went to the title game, Smith won more on that fact than anything else.
Some fans even bring up that Troy Smith played well in the two games he started back in 2007. Well, you might have to look back and reevaulate. He did throw for 199 yards against Seattle, but 79 were on one play and the Ravens were blown out, 27-6. Then he did beat Pittsburgh, but looking back on that game, most of the Steelers reserves played most of the game and still the Ravens only won by six.
Now, for the most obvious reason, Joe Flacco is the better quarterback! In two seasons he's had two playoff appearences. He has thrown more touchdowns than interceptions and is becoming the leader of the Ravens offense. I seriously doubt Atlanta talk shows are having the same kind of discussions. I would guarantee that there are many teams who would love to have Flacco under center.
Again, it just makes no sense to me when you have a potential top-10 quarterback as your starter and the backup still gets talked about on an almost daily basis. Im sure it's a very small portion of Ravens fans who feel Smith should start, but that's not the point. If Flacco is healthy, there is no way Smith or Bulger will see the field in 2010.
Finally it's time for Ravens fans to be happy with what they got. For any lifelong Ravens fans, I dont think I have to mention the long list of horrendous quarterbacks who have worn the Ravens jersey. So, to complain about Flacco's performance is just plain stupid. It could be worse—JaMarcus Russell could be our No. 1.
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