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Joe Flacco wants a little credit

Joe Flacco

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco reacts after throwing a touchdown pass against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


We’ve noticed this year that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has become a little more outspoken.

He’s not afraid to joke around or call out the media occasionally. That’s continuing in the playoffs.

“I’m sure if we win I’ll have nothing to do with why we won, according to you guys,” Flacco said to the media Wednesday.

Flacco has a fair point. While some quarterbacks get bogus credit for being a “winner,” Flacco doesn’t get the same treatment. Flacco notes that every time the Ravens throw aggressively, the Ravens get criticized for not running more.

“You guys want an elite quarterback? You have to stop complaining when we go out there and throw the ball 60 times a game,” Flacco said.

We think quarterback wins is overly simplistic and often misleading, but there’s no denying the Ravens’ success under Flacco. He’s 44-20 as a starter in the regular season with back-to-back 12 win seasons.

Perhaps the frustration with Flacco comes from his inconsistency. There are games where he looks like he could be a top-five type of quarterback. There are other games where he shrinks. His receivers aren’t great this year, but his numbers have declined from a year ago.

If Flacco can finally get to the Super Bowl this year, we’re sure he’ll get his fair share of attention and credit. His facial hair alone would probably inspire entire articles.