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Joe Flacco Is An Elite Quarterback Now, By The Way

So there’s this question out there, whether or not Joe Flacco is an elite quarterback. This is important because Rankings and Authority and Categories. So what say you, America? Elite, or not elite?

Jason Cole, Yahoo!:

“On Sunday, Flacco took the cue from his coach and completed the journey to elite status by torching New England.”

Tom Flynn, Baltimore Post-Examiner:

“Joe Flacco: Welcome to the elite quarterback club”

Luke Hughes, NESN.com:

“But while ‘experts’ continue to deny him his due, Flacco continues to prove time and again just how deserving he is of that ‘elite’ tag.”

Steve Gregory, New England Patriots:

“He is one of the elite quarterbacks. I know he gets a lot of flak for not being that type of guy, but he is.”

Steve Politi, The Star-Ledger:

“Joe Flacco proves he’s an elite quarterback in Ravens’ Super Bowl run.”

Donald Wood, Bleacher Report:

“When Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco helped lead the Ravens to a 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots in the 2013 AFC Championship Game, he not only catapulted his team to Super Bowl XLVII, but he also cemented his status as an elite NFL quarterback.”

Joe Linta, Joe Flacco’s agent:

“”I’ve been the one putting him on a pedestal saying Joe’s a top-five, elite quarterback, and he’s proving it.”

Kimberley A. Martin, Newsday:

“Joe Flacco kept pace with Tom Brady, refusing to concede that he isn’t every bit the elite quarterback he has touted himself to be.”

Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens:

“But after the way he played in the second half, if that’s not elite, what is?”

Zach Berman, Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Another win would continue to validate what was apparent Sunday – that he is among the league’s elite.”

Rich Eisen, NFL Network:

Glad that’s settled, then.

  • JHop

    For the sake of playing devil’s advocate, it’s unfair to directly compare Brady’s performance to Flacco’s both in this past game and overall in the playoffs based on the level of competition faced. It is much easier for a QB to look ‘elite’ against the flaccid pass defenses of Indy and New England. His opponents, on the other hand, must face an emotionally charged and experienced defense. I am not saying that Flacco is not a great QB, but I’m not exactly ready to roll out the red carpet for him to stroll into the Manning-Brady-Rodgers club just yet.


    there is a very simple formula to determine whether or not a QB is elite: if you have to ask the question, then he is NOT elite…

    this question is not asked of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees… so they are the only 4 active QB’s who rate such a status… one might add Eli, but even after all he’s done the question is still out there…

  • JHop

    I mean you could ask the question of being ‘elite’ for some of these guys. Aside from the fact that they’ve all won championships, some figures say otherwise. For example, I saw a stat the other day that since Flacco entered the league in 2008, he has 8 playoff wins. That’s compared to 3 for Brady and 4 for Mark Sanchez. In that context, Brady’s ‘elite’ status could be called into question.


    i guess it’s interesting to debate stats and such, but i tire of “the elite question”… and i guess “yes” and “no” doesn’t cut it when you got TV to program and websites to fill… for me it’s just a gut reaction… kinda like porn, you can’t define it, but you know it when you see it… take Dan Marino or Warren Moon, no rings but my gut reaction is, yes, elite…

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