BY JEFF SLADE
Is Joe Flacco an elite quarterback?
It’s been a question on the world’s mind for a few years now and apparently Vegas doesn't know how to answer it either.
With the start of the NFL season soon approaching, the gambling site Bovada released their odds of who’ll take home this year’s MVP award. Flacco comes in at a tie for 20th on the list, with nine other quarterbacks ahead of him such as Ben Roethlisberger, Russell Wilson, and Tony Romo.
Is this a fair ranking?
Flacco had likely the best season of his career in 2014, setting career highs in both passing yards and touchdowns. In addition, Baltimore he’s already become the franchise's all-time leader in passing touchdowns, completions, passing yards, and wins in his seven years with the Ravens.
He also hasn’t missed a game since entering the league in 2008, a pretty remarkable statistic going 112 for 112. He's had great success in the win column over the first seven years of his career with a Super Bowl to his name and has yet to lead the team to a losing season.
But again, is he elite? The question has become a never-ending debate over the last several years with someone even photo-bombing the GOP debate last week to ask the question.
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Looking at the guys ahead of him on the list, a case can be made for Flacco over some of them. Is he better then Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, or Tom Brady? Probably not – but is he better than guys such as Tony Romo, Ben Roethlisberger, and Phillip Rivers?
It might be difficult to prove one way or the other, but he likely deserves to be in that conversation. Flacco is tied on Bovada's list with quarterbacks Matt Stafford, Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, and Ryan Tannehill.
No matter what the world or the stats have to say about Flacco’s status, those with first hand knowledge have little doubt. During a press conference, a reporter asked new Broncos head coach and former Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak the same age-old question – “Is Joe Flacco elite?”
Kubiak was quick to answer. “You bet he is,” he said.