Joe Flacco and the 5 Worst QBs on Good NFL Teams
While the Ravens are most likely going to win, it definitely isn't going to be because of the strong arm, pinpoint accuracy and decision-making of Joe Flacco.
Flacco has been the very definition of mediocrity since taking over the starting quarterback role for the Ravens in 2008.
He had a solid 2010, but he's back to his old ways in 2011. Flacco currently has a 75.6 rating and is completing just 54.8 percent of his passes.
He's settled into the ultimate Trent Dilfer-type role. He does his best not to lose games, but he certainly doesn't win them either.
Flacco is one of the most glaring examples of bad quarterbacks on good teams, but let's take a look around the league and identify five more signal-callers whose teams are winning despite their subpar abilities.
1. Jay Cutler
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Cutler's career has been marked by bad decisions and costly interceptions. He's been his normal mediocre self in 2011 while Matt Forte has carried the load.
The Bears will be in a fierce battle for the sixth wild-card spot and I'm expecting Cutler to cost the Bears a couple of games down the stretch.
2. Andy Dalton
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The future is bright for the Bengals rookie quarterback, but the present is decidedly below average.
I've watched every snap of Andy Dalton's career and I can tell you without the slightest reservation that A.J. Green is the reason Andy Dalton is receiving any recognition.
Green is a once-a-decade-type talent, and Dalton has mastered the easily mastered art of throwing the ball Green's general direction and then watching Green make an otherworldly play to catch the ball.
Dalton has accuracy, consistency and decision-making problems but his biggest flaw is that he telegraphs his passes too easily. He locks onto one receiver and rarely gets through his entire read progression.
3. Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Paying $59 million for Ryan Fitzpatrick! Ryan. Fitzpatrick!
This is football's equivalent to the contract the Washington Nationals gave Jayson Werth.
Fitzpatrick has had a solid 2011, but coming into this season his best passer rating for a season was in the low 80s.
The Bills have seven tough games remaining and I fully expect Fitzpatrick to revert to pre-2011 levels.
4. Mark Sanchez
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The New York Jets are one of the best 5-5 teams in the history of the NFL. One year removed from an 11-5 playoff season, the Jets have two solid running backs and one of the best defenses in football.
The one chink in the Jets' armor is their quarterback.
Amazingly, Sanchez is having his best season as a pro this year. His 79.9 rating ranks higher than his previous best of 75.3.
Translation: Sanchez isn't good, hasn't been good and probably never will be good.
5. Matt Hasselbeck
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Hasselbeck has been downright awful in four of his past five seasons. Somehow, even with the absence of Kenny Britt, Hasselbeck has turned in a great 2011.
However, I'd advise you to sell all of your Matt Hasselbeck shares immediately. His Titans are about to lose four straight games, and history suggests that he will return to his normal, mediocre self.
The bad thing for Titans fans is the illusions of skill out of Hasselbeck and the Titans being a contender are stunting the development of Jake Locker. The Titans will likely finish the season 7-9 or 8-8 with Locker throwing fewer than 10 passes.