Why Can't Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco Satisfy Critics?

By Wola Odeniran
Joe Flacco
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Players in sports are always preached upon to have a team mentality all the time no matter where you are. But the position that Joe Flacco has been in over his career with the Baltimore Ravens in terms of the respect is a peculiar one, even if I’m sure Flacco does not care.

The sentiment around the league, and especially among opposing fans, is that Flacco has benefited from having a good team around him and hasn’t had to do much.

My question to that is, so what? He just won the Super Bowl.

The Ravens are the only team in the league that has made the playoffs in each of the last five years, and have the most playoff wins in that time with nine. You do have to have a good team to do those things, right? Don’t all championship teams have to have solid qualities? Maybe should start taking away credit from Ben Rothlisberger and Tom Brady.

I have always wanted to know why some people act like it is a crazy idea to give Flacco any credit. The last time I checked, winning Super Bowl isn’t easy.

But that doesn’t stop others from saying “Flacco has only won one Super Bowl.” Really, only one? How many Super Bowl rings does Matt Ryan have? How many are on Tony Romo? It doesn’t stop others from ranking those two above Flacco.

Some continue to point to Flacco’s regular season numbers as the reason why he shouldn’t be considered among the best quarterbacks in the league. His critics act like he throws 10 touchdowns and 17 interceptions every year. In his five years with the Ravens, he has thrown for 17, 633 yards, 102 touchdowns and 56 interceptions with an 86.3 career quarterback rating.

I don’t see anything wrong with those numbers, especially when you consider Flacco is going up against defenses like the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals year in and year out.

Combine that with the fact that Flacco leads all quarterbacks in the postseason with 19 touchdown passes in the last five years, and I will take him over Ryan and Romo, who haven’t shown up in clutch situations consistently.

Comments that the critics have for Flacco that are one of the main reasons why I don’t think the Ravens will have a Super Bowl hangover. When you have people constantly saying you are not good enough, it is bound to fuel the fire. I’m sure the Ravens and Flacco himself will thank the critics for that.

Wola Odeniran is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter at WolaOdeniran52.

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