Originally Posted by SkinsandTerps
Flacco is a top 5 QB for sure. Best...ehh...
I am not sure I would take him over Brady, P. Manning, Brees, or Rodgers.
Top 5 though.
And nobody should take him over those QBs.
Those guys carry their teams regularly. They are the driving force behind those teams year in and year out. They don't do it all by themselves or every single week but for a majority of the time, they are the team.
Flacco's numbers don't compare to the guys above. Yards, Completion Percentage, TDs......all pretty much mid-to-late teens in terms of league rank.
The one thing he does do well that is probably the most impressive is protect the football. Averages about 11 INTs per season which is good, especially for a guy who started straight out of the gate as a rookie.
Being you said Top 5 I'm guessing you are saying he's right behind those guys and to that, I'm not so sure.
Matt Ryan has done more than Flacco and they came out in the same draft.
Ruthlessraper is ahead of him, IMO.
Production-wise, Matt Schaub is right there with Flacco even having missed a good number of games.
- Flacco's Career: 1507/2489 (60.5%), 17,633 Yards, 102 TDs, 56 INTs
- Schaub (Same Span): 1540/2373 (65.9%), 18,670 Yards, 105 TDs, 55 INTs
Schaub has played in 12 less games.
And I'll say it right now, if RG3 and Wilson repeat their rookie performances, I'd move them ahead of Flacco too if Flacco turns in another season like he has for the first 5 years of his career.
Flacco deserves tons of praise for his playoff performance, no doubt. He stepped up big time but that doesn't move him above everyone that was in front of him all the way to the Top. Not even Top 5. I'd rank him behind Ryan and Pig Pen after seeing his SB run. Big Ben has the trophies as well and his numbers are right there with Flacco's in the past 5 years while missing games.
Matt Ryan has simply outplayed Flacco, no two ways around it. I would concede Schaub even though Schaub has basically done what Flacco has but the playoff performance warrants that.
And when you consider the supporting cast that Flacco has had, it's hard to argue that he's ever been relied upon to be the man on that team with any sort of regularity. In 4 of the 5 seasons he has played the Ravens defense has ranked #3 overall in points allowed. Every year but this year and they were 12th this year. He's never been asked to do much because the defense is shutting people down. Not to mention he has the support of a good running game every year.
He really stepped it up but before this postseason run, he was pretty average in a lot of ways, starting with his sub-60 completion percentage for the last two seasons and a 60.5% completion percentage for his career.