5 Reasons Why Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco Deserves More Credit
Why Joe Flacco Deserves More Credit
Earlier this week in training camp, it was another day at the office as veteran outside linebacker Terrell Suggs once again came to the defense of his quarterback Joe Flacco. I like it. Very rarely these days do you see people stick up for the veteran.
In some ways, it is a little surprising that there are very few people who have supported Flacco after leading the Baltimore Ravens to their second Super Bowl title.
But Suggs believes all the critics can just look at Flacco's ring, and the rest will work itself out. It might play out that way, but I doubt it.
“Well, he doesn’t have to do any talking – all he has to do is flash his ring.” Suggs said via Baltimoreravens.com. “There are a lot of quarterbacks that have been in this league longer than him... But they don’t have that hardware. A lot of them can’t even say that they’ve been in the playoffs every year of their career. So, I think his résumé speaks for itself, and I don’t think myself or Joe need to do any more talking concerning that.”
Let's flash back to a year ago. Before the 2012 season started, Flacco was obviously in his contract year, and many in league circles said a lot of pressure would be on Flacco to succeed. During the 2012 offseason, Flacco was asked a question via WNST.net if he was the best quarterback in the NFL.
"I assume everybody thinks they're a top-five quarterback.” Flacco noted via WNST.net. “I mean, I think I'm the best. I don't think I'm top five, I think I'm the best. I don't think I'd be very successful at my job if I didn't feel that way.”
Flacco's claim caused controversy in the NFL, and in the media as many claimed, “ If Flacco wants to be considered an elite quarterback, he has to lead his team to a championship.”
Flacco obviously did that. But that doesn't seem to be enough for others. For me personally, I keep hearing people say, “Flacco has only won one Super Bowl.” Oh really? Super Bowls are easy to win these days? That's when you know certain people have an agenda.
I'm tired of the lame excuses anytime Flacco does something well. So, I'm going to give five reasons why Flacco deserves more credit.
Wola Odeniran is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter at WolaOdeniran52.
Flacco commands the respect of his teammates
The Ravens locker room tells it like it is. Take it from someone like myself who has watched this team closely for 14 years. Players in the Ravens facility speak their minds. Especially on defense. Kyle Boller used to play for the Ravens, and he turned out to be a bust. There were a lot of questions about Boller in his time with the Ravens with his teammates. Those questions don't follow Flacco. So for players like Suggs, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed to come to Flacco's aid over the years, it speaks volumes.
Flacco Wins All the Time
Flacco came into the league winning, and he's still winning. Since 2008, Flacco leads all quarterbacks in wins with 63, including the playoffs. Nobody can sneeze at that.
Flacco is a touchdown machine come playoff time
Since Flacco came into the league in 2008, no quarterback in the NFL has more touchdown passes than Flacco, who has 19. Not Tom Brady, not Peyton Manning and not Aaron Rodgers.
Flacco is the future of the Ravens
Flacco is the franchise quarterback. Sometimes he may not put up the flashy numbers others would like, but the goal is winning. That's all Flacco has ever done with the Ravens. You don't change what works, and Flacco being able to help the Ravens win football games, regardless of his numbers, is something that shouldn't be taken lightly.
Flacco is a Super Bowl MVP
Call it whatever you want. In a league where successful teams have trouble getting to the playoffs year in and year out, Flacco was able to lead his team to the ultimate goal. If people want to act like winning the Super Bowl isn't a big accomplishment, go ask Dan Marino how little Flacco's ring means in the grand scheme of things.