Harbaugh Bowl: Is Joe Flacco Elite?

By Jake Fischer
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The latest news surrounding Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is that he’s “dull”. That’s according to his father, Steve Flacco, who said his son and AFC Champion simply has a dull personality.

Well, pops, your son doesn’t play dull. In fact, when he puts on a helmet and pads, steps on the field and flings it, he’s a bad, bad dude.

During the 2012 regular season, Flacco had a solid year, passing for 3,817 yards with a 59.7 completion percentage while only throwing 10 interceptions to 22 touchdowns. Flacco threw for a passer rating of 87.7 and a total QBR of 46.8.

In the playoffs, he’s been absolutely sensational. Through the first three rounds of the playoffs, Flacco has thrown for an average of 284.3 yards per game on 54.8 percent passing. His passer rating and QBR has also ballooned to averages of 78.3 and 116.1, respectively. But the most incredible statistic is his 8/0 touchdown to interception ratio in those three games.

The former Delaware Blue Hen is now being considered one of, if not the, best deep-ball throwers in the NFL in the week following his team’s triumphant AFC Championship game victory over the New England Patriots in Foxborough.

All of those stats and storylines only lead to one question: is Joe Flacco elite?

If he goes on to lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers with the nearly flawless performance, he’s going to certainly be in the conversation about elite quarterbacks. With a Super Bowl win on his resume, Flacco would have a ring, a playoff appearance in each of his first five seasons, three AFC Championship game appearances and an 8-4 playoff record. That’s pretty damn elite to me.

However, even if Flacco does not capture a Super Bowl victory, he should still be considered an elite quarterback. An elite quarterback isn’t a dull guy, Steve. Especially when he can pull off a mean mustache too.


Jake Fischer is the CAA Columnist for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.

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