It seems Joe Flacco’s success as a postseason quarterback is beginning to earn him a little more national respect.
Throughout Flacco’s career, there has been debate about where he ranks among NFL quarterbacks. This despite being a Super Bowl MVP, with 10 playoff wins already at age 30.
MMQB writer Andy Benoit recently published his ranking of all 32 starting QB’s, and ranked Flacco at No. 8, with this comment.
“Maybe the strongest arm in the NFL (yes arm strength matters), and he’s used it aptly in multiple schemes in recent years,” Benoit wrote. “It’s still incredible how little talk there is about his 2012 playoff run, which is probably the best ever.”
Of the seven quarterbacks, ranked ahead of Flacco, only Andrew Luck (No. 3) and Philip Rivers (No. 6) have not won a Super Bowl. Here’s Benoit’s top 10:
1. Tom Brady
2. Aaron Rodgers
4. Peyton Manning
5. Ben Roethlisberger
7. Drew Brees
9. Matt Ryan
10. Tony Romo
You can check out Benoit’s complete list here –
When looking at Benoit’s list, several things struck me.
Flacco (age 30) is younger than every quarterback in Beniot’s top 10 except Luck (25) and Ryan, who is also 30, and about fourth months younger than Flacco. Not only has Flacco accomplished plenty, his best seasons should be ahead.
It’s also interesting that Ryan was taken 15 spots ahead of Flacco in the 2008 draft. Ryan went No. 3, while the Ravens traded up to get Flacco at No. 18.
If we had a draft do-over, would Ryan still go ahead of Flacco? No way in my book. Flacco has a stronger arm, is more mobile, and is more accomplished in his career despite Ryan’s gaudier stats. And Ryan has been fortunate to play with elite targets much of his career like Roddy White, Julio Jones, and retired future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez.
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Flacco’s career might not be fully appreciated until it ends, and the Ravens need to replace him. But the list of teams that would rather have someone else as their quarterback keeps getting shorter.