The Joe Flacco Misperceptions
Joe Flacco is a Super Bowl MVP who has won more road playoff games than any quarterback in NFL history. In the Ravens Super Bowl run he tied a Joe Montana (arguably the best football player ever) record with 11 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in a postseason. Flacco has had an unbelievable career, yet receives less fan affection than any Super Bowl MVP I have ever seen. Those who disrespect Flacco, fail to see the success he has had as the Ravens quarterback. Its a never ending job beating the Joe-Flacco-is-our-QB drum but as a Ravens fan I do it proudly. Here are the common misperceptions about Joe Flacco:
1.) He is inconsistent:
In his rookie year he passed for 2,971 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. In 2009 he passed for 3,613 yards with 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. In 2010 he passed for 3,622 yards with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. In 2011 he passed for 3,610 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. In our Super Bowl season he passed for 3,817 yards with 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Finally this past year he passed for 3,912 yards 19 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. I can’t find inconsistency with those statistics. If anything that is the model of consistency. Do fans want more? Yes, but Joe has been anything but inconsistent. He has led the Ravens to 5 straight playoff seasons with at least one victory. Back to back losses have been a rare occurrence during Flacco ‘s career in Baltimore. Making 3 AFC Championship games in 5 years is consistency.
2.) He is not the reason for Baltimore’s success:
Yes, Flacco has had good teams. The fact of the matter is that it is impossible to separate Baltimore’s success and Joe Flacco. The Ravens were pitiful in 2007, searching for a functional quarterback. In 2008, Flacco’s rookie season the Ravens were 1 game away from Super Bowl glory. In 2012 the Ravens defense was at times horrible. The Ravens won the Super Bowl on Flacco’s arm. Ray Rice was a non factor- other than fumbling in the big game. The defense only played a half and one final drive on that Super Bowl Sunday almost blowing an insurmountable lead. Flacco is a big part of what makes the Ravens tick. With 12 fourth quarter comebacks and 19 game winning drives, Flacco is the very definition of clutch. Even on bad days he can make the big throws when the Ravens absolutely need it.
3.) He is Not a Leader
Flacco has a personality, it just does not play up to the cameras. The Ravens love him. He is undoubtedly the leader of that team and the new face of the franchise. His teammates love him and believe in him. Flacco leads by example and when he does speak his words carry weight. Flacco leads by example. He does not blame his teammates in bad moments and does not let injury be an excuse for himself. If you think he is not a leader just because he is quiet…you need to reexamine your definition of leadership.
You don’t have to love him. He is not above criticism. But if you choose to ignore his success and want him out of here, make accurate assessments. Its the least you could do as a Ravens fan, for your true franchise quarterback.