Flacco 19th on Top 100: I demand a recount!

Ryan Flacco

The NFL Top 100 list is a breakdown from the previous season of the top players as voted on by the players themselves. This is a countdown that has no actual value to anyone involved, but it’s a great conversational piece.

It also, once again, proves that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco gets no respect as the reigning Super Bowl MVP was voted as the 19th best player in 2012.

I demand a recount!

Flacco has served as a punching bag by national television personalities like ESPN’s Skip Bayless, and even publicly doubted by fellow players such as Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who said that Flacco wouldn’t win a Super Bowl in his lifetime.

Finishing in the Top 20 list of players should be an honor, but Flacco was short-changed given the accomplishments he’s had throughout his first five seasons in the NFL. Even though previous achievements shouldn’t be accounted for, was Ed Reed really the 18th-best player in the NFL last year? Was Terrell Suggs really the 56th-best?

Even though those two guys are in my jersey collection, absolutely not.

The most insulting thing for Flacco is the overhyped quarterbacks that finished in front of him. Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons finished 17th, Redskins’ rookie Robert Griffin III was 15th and Drew Brees of the Saints finished 11th.

Brees is a better overall quarterback than Flacco, but he led the Saints to a 7-9 record. RGIII is exciting to watch, but clearly his marketability helped him propel so far up the list. And, most annoying about this is that once again Ryan received more respect than his 2008 draft classmate.

I will take into account that this list absolutely must have been compiled before the playoffs because that’s the only thing that can logically make sense for putting Ryan ahead of Flacco. Ryan was on fire for most of the season last year and FINALLY won a playoff game.

Flacco has a Super Bowl appearance to his credit; Ryan watched it from home.

Flacco threw 11 TD’s and 0 INT during his playoff run; Ryan had six TD’s and three interceptions.

Flacco has a Super Bowl ring; Ryan can only dream about it.

Flacco can drive around in his new Corvette for being named Super Bowl MVP; Ryan can drive around in a corvette – he can buy one – but he can’t have the title of MVP.

Ryan is absolutely not a bad quarterback whatsoever, he’s just not as good of a quarterback as Flacco. Within the next few months, Ryan will likely sign his name to a contract greater than the six-year, $120 million deal that Flacco received shortly feeling the confetti inside the Superdome hit his face.

It’s likely that Ryan will be overpaid, but at least he deserves it, unlike the contract Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is going to regret giving quarterback Tony Romo.

So, football fans, just consider this Top 100 countdown list to have as much weight as a Pro Bowl ballot or the voting for a Madden video game cover. Still, if Peyton Hillis finishes ahead of Ray Rice on the Top 100, prepare for more complaining.

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30 Raves on “Flacco 19th on Top 100: I demand a recount!

  1. Michelle on said:

    Uch, this drives me crazy! Every year, Ryan is touted over Flacco. When he won Rookie of the Year over Flacco I accredited it to hype as well. Actions and records should speak for themselves, not popularity.

    • Marcus on said:

      Michelle, look at it this way. While Flacco killed in the playoffs, his regular season numbers were marginal at best. He only threw for 20 touchdowns. Ryan had better regular season numbers, although I thought we judged QB’s by wins and losses. Maybe I was wrong.

  2. Baltimoron on said:

    RGIII shouldn’t even be before Luck. Who knows what players think when they do this.

    The only thing I can attribute to Joe being lower than Ryan is that the voting takes place before the playoffs. At that point the Falcons were 13-3 and Ryan was preforming pretty well. Don’t get me wrong I still think Flacco is the better QB but I could see why the voting ended up this way based on when the players voted.

    • Ed in ON on said:

      RG3 should be WAY ahead of Luck. Luck is way overrated. 620 attempts. RG3 had a much better year; better efficiency, much better rushing, more overall tds, in alot less attempts. And his team’s schedule was much harder….

  3. Joe Wedra on said:

    Good points and nice article. While I don’t agree that Ryan is better than Flacco, I wouldn’t think that this list was compiled before the playoffs. Flacco didn’t prove much before the 2012 postseason and just IMO– I don’t think he did enough before the playoffs to be ranked ahead of so many great players.

    Yeah, let’s hope Hillis stays off of this list, haha.

  4. Voice of Reason on said:

    I think that RGIII could credit his success largely due to the rule changes and the wussification of the league. Had he played in the 70′s he wouldn’t even last two quarters. If he ever makes it deep into the play-offs, he’s going to be clobbered. But, I could agree that he’s pretty unstoppable when he gets a free 15 yard penalty every time a defender glares at him.

  5. RealisticRavensFan on said:

    It’s sad that every media outlet and majority of people think Matt Ryan is better. Statistically he’s been better throughout every season, putting up top five QB numbers. Flacco wasn’t tops in rating, completion, or any other relevant stat for that matter.

    But we’re all smarter than those guys and we know better right?? hurrdurr

    ONE tremendous postseason performance does not automatically leap frog you in being a top QB. Stop being homers.

    • Ed in ON on said:

      “Statistically he’s been better throughout every season, putting up top five QB numbers.”

      That is absolutely false. After 3 years they were neck to neck, except for Flacco’s postseason edge. Then they got Julio Jones….

    • Melvin on said:

      Flacco has been playing without at receiver the caliber of Julio jones…and regularly plays against much better defenses.

      • g money on said:

        add to the fact that flacco’s one tremendous post season performance ended in a damned super bowl. Also, how does this FACT make you feel?

        “Flacco has been the starting quarterback for 63 wins in the regular season and postseason in the first five seasons of his career. That’s the most by a quarterback in his first five seasons within the Super Bowl era.

        His nine postseason wins are tied with Tom Brady for the most by any quarterback in his first five seasons ”

        I’ll take Flacco over Ryan any day. Remember in the 2011 playoffs against the giants when the falcons put up 2 points?

  6. Mike on said:

    Flacco didn’t have ONE good postseason run. He has consistently been fantastic in the playoffs, and in the biggest games of the regular season as well. Also, 9-4 > 1-4

  7. JacktheRaven on said:

    I wouldn’t necessarily agree with your comment, ” Brees is a overall better QB than Flacco”. How so? Better stats? His game plan calls for more passes. Joe wins more games. That’s all that matters.

  8. Rick S on said:

    Now that Cam Cameron is gone, we’ll see Flacco play up to his potential. So far, so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There’s not a chance I would bet against the Ravens next year. Repeat Super Bowl Champions!!!!!!

  9. BoldinRaver on said:

    Ahh the NFC south, sunny and mild places, pretty weather. Pretty teams. Domes, so the pretty players don’t get too much sun. Only have to worry ’bout turf toe. No Heinz Field. No M&T. No teams built on toughness. Good place for a QB to rack up stats and never learn how to dig deep

  10. Harlan on said:

    I’ll never forget the playoff game in January 2002, for the Falcons. With weapons like Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Tony Gonzalez, Matt Ryan “led” Atlanta to…being shut out.

    They scored 2 points, when the defense sacked Eli Manning in the end zone. Otherwise, they were shut out. At home. In a playoff game.

    That single game alone should immediately invalidate Ryan from being anywhere in the top 50.

  11. kathy on said:

    WOW. I thought that QB’s were judged by postseason wins and a SB win. Guess that’s not the case when it comes to Joe. SMH – Whoever prepared this list is an idiot

  12. Melvin on said:

    Flacco can’t compete with the fact that Matt Ryan has had one of the top recieving cores for the entirety of his career. That’s what people forget when they place Ryan before Flacco.

    But remember, this list was created by players, so I don’t think media hype is what is swaying votes. It’s the game tape they watch, and the game plans their coaching creates. It’s the percieved threats they see when matching up against an opponent. So for Flacco to get 19th despite the media hatred of him, shows me that players respect him. The reason he ranked below Ed Reed and Ray Rice, is because, realistically, those were the ravens teams planned against. And that likely attributed to his amazing playoff run. next year he’ll have the opportunity to play with a target on his back. And I he exceeds despite it, he’ll rank higher on the list.

  13. RickardH on said:

    What is needed is a QB rating that includes/accounts for the number of running plays “called”. And perhaps the number of QB runs on collapsed/failed passing plays.
    IF the team uses a large number of running plays this needs to be accounted for in the QB ratings. IF the QB pulls down the ball and takes off running this could be a serious minus for the team and the QB. Perhaps the QB rating should be lowered for such decisions.

  14. Voice of Reason on said:

    I could see Ryan being around where Flacco is, I mean whatever, at least he’s had a long track record. But RGIII being up there is ridiculous. Technically, he’s 9-7 as a starter. Never won a play-off game before.

  15. True on said:

    I hate that show so much. They say “It’s all about the previous season.” and when Revis and Roethlisberger and Suggs are so low on the list the freak out and say “Have you been watchin them their entire careers?!” Yes…but that doesn’t matter…2012/2013 matters…and they missed a LOT of time. Why are they even on this list? Suggs did great, but he missed a lot. Flacco did WAY better than Ryan did this year. How do I know? Superbowl MVP and the highest paid player in NFL history for a little while. Flacco tied the record for 11 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in the playoffs…are you kidding me? Who cares if Ryan went 13-0?! He won ONE playoff game this year, and if you want to talk about careers, that was the only one TOTAL! He has a good defense and good coaching and he has two of the best receivers in the game…why can’t he win more? If Flacco had Julio Jones and Roddy White, he’d be just as good during the regular season if not better. He only had a slow Boldin and an up and coming star in Torrey Smith. He had Pitta but he’s not that fast either and I’m just saying. Analysts are ridiculous.

  16. pvrcbabe on said:

    STats, smats! I’ll take wins any day over inflated stats. When the pressure is on, Flacco delivers. He has done it every year for five years. It does not matter what everyone else thinks. We know what counts and he has the ring and MVP to prove it. His teammates know it and we know it! The Ravens offense does not call for him to throw for 80% of the time. We also have a running game and that seems to be the formula for winning!!

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