Today the word “elite” is being thrown around a lot. Is this quarterback elite? Is that quarterback elite? Trust me there’s no debate anymore with Joe Flacco‘s status in the NFL. His 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions this postseason with a Super Bowl MVP award make him an elite quarterback.
Not only is Flacco elite, but he may also be ahead of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback yes, but he may just be a little bit overrated. Let’s just step back for a second and look at Flacco’s body of work compared to Rodgers’ body of work. Both Flacco and Rodgers have won one Super Bowl and one Super Bowl MVP each. They both threw three touchdowns and zero interceptions in their only Super Bowl appearance. Both quarterbacks shined in the biggest game of the year.
But there are some differences between the two, and they favor Flacco. Flacco was perfect in his Super Bowl run. This postseason Flacco threw 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions, an NFL record. Rodgers on the other hand had flaws with his run. He was terrible in the conference championship game against the Chicago Bears in which he threw zero touchdowns and two interceptions and a 54 passer rating. Flacco’s lowest rating this postseason was 106.
Then there’s that “one hit wonder” factor for Rodgers. Lets just take away both Super Bowl runs from both quarterbacks and see who’s left with more.
If you take away Rodgers 2010 season what are you left with? You’re left with one playoff win against backup quarterback Joe Webb and an extremely disappointing end to a 15-1 season against the New York Giants. If you take away this magical season from Flacco, he still has five playoff wins including a payoff win every single season he’s played. There’s no “one hit wonder” there. Rodgers also takes a lot of unnecessary sacks.
Let’s also not forget the weather factor. In the playoffs, Flacco has performed great in two games at Foxboro and he beat and outplayed Peyton Manning at the Denver Broncos stadium at 13 degrees. Rodgers on the other hand, won the Super Bowl on the road away from freezing cold Lambeau Field. He lost to the Giants in freezing temperatures and his performance against the Bears at Soldier Field was dreadful.
The season ending in January and February historically favors cold weather quarterbacks. Flacco’s New Jersey upbringing may just be the deciding X factor that makes him better than Rodgers who grew up in sunny California.