Ravens Vs. Steelers: Is Joe Flacco the Right QB for the Baltimore Ravens?

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IJanuary 16, 2011

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Joe Flacco shows signs of possibly becoming a very good quarterback, but just when you think he's going to have a breakout playoff game and become a dependable player, he goes back to being an average Joe.

The Baltimore Ravens of the last decade have had a Super Bowl-caliber defense, and if they had a solid quarterback, the Ravens could have five championships since 2000. 

Instead, the Ravens' offensive inabilities have prevented them from winning multiple titles, winning just one in 2000 vs. the New York Giants.

Against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC divisional playoffs Saturday, Flacco was unable to lead the Ravens to an offensive touchdown in the second half.

Flacco's second half performance was terrible, and at times he couldn't even handle the snap from the center.

Joe finished the game with 125 passing yards with one touchdown, completing 16 of his 30 pass attempts.

In a playoff game against a Steelers defense that allows very few rushing yards, Flacco needed to win the game, and failed.

Flacco just doesn't have the intangibles that players like Tom Brady, and Ben Roethlisberger possess. He shows little emotion, and doesn't appear to be rattled, yet he cannot lead the Ravens to the next level, the Super Bowl.

Another criticism of Flacco is his inability to beat the Steelers, especially in the playoffs.

For some reason, Flacco cannot beat the Steelers when it matters most, and in the regular season in division play, as well as the playoffs, this is a concern for Ravens fans.

Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has the blueprint on how to beat Joe Flacco, and his players have executed his plans to perfection nearly every time.

For the Ravens to become an elite team, Joe Flacco needs to improve. He needs to become more assertive, and be a bigger part of the offense. 

He has quality receivers around him, and has an exceptional running back in Ray Rice to hand the ball off to.

How long do the Ravens wait for Flacco to become a dependable playoff performer? Their defense is still very good, and will be next season, but it's an older unit.

Joe Flacco is an average quarterback, but an average quarterback doesn't win Super Bowls.

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