Flacco Leaving the Ravens is Pure Science Fiction

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A Writer’s Fantasy

S.I.’s Peter King ignites an internet furor over Joe Flacco’s future with the Ravens

In his Sports Illustrated.com column Monday morning, senior NFL writer Peter King ignited a fire storm of speculation concerning whether the Ravens will or will not pay, will or will not or franchise, Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco.  It quickly made cannon fodder for many NFL analysts, web sites, and cable shows.

After listening to the Ravens State of the Team press conference, King decided that Ozzie Newsome, while declaring the Ravens were not going to mortgage the future by extending or restructuring a lot of veterans contracts, really meant that he wasn’t going to apply the exclusive rights tag on Flacco, thus exposing him to potential capture by cap-friendly, quarterback-deficient teams such as Cleveland and Miami.

King is getting a lot of fantasy mileage out of what I consider to be a gross misunderstanding (deliberate or otherwise) of what Ozzie said.

Let me get this straight: does the King of Trolls really think Steve Bisciotti and Newsome are going to chance losing their franchise quarterback, who has taken the Ravens to the playoffs every year since he was drafted, and who just won a Super Bowl, in order to save cap money and veterans in exchange for 2 first round draft choices?


I have 8 reasons why Flacco is not going anywhere.


  • Kyle Boller
  • Steve McNair
  • Troy Smith
  • Jeff Blake
  • Chris Redman
  • Anthony Wright
  • Elvis Grbac
  • Randall Cunningham

These are the names of the Ravens quarterbacks who have started for the team since they won Super Bowl XXXV in 2001.  How many times did this bunch get the Ravens to the playoffs?

3 times, in 2001, 2003, and 2006.

How many playoff games did they win?

One, Uno, in 2001.

Since being drafted in 2008 Flacco has won 9 playoff games, has taken the Ravens to the AFC Championship game 3 times, won a Super Bowl, was named SB MVP, and King thinks Ravens are going to let him walk? 

For argument’s sake, who do we replace him with?  The next strong-armed college quarterback who can throw a ball 60 yards through the uprights from his knees?  Alex Smith?  Come on.

You can restock the team with wide receivers, linebackers and linemen through the draft a helluva lot easier than you can replace a quarterback.  If the Ravens are going to lose personnel, it will be UFAs such as Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger, Cary Williams, and Ed Reed who might be snapped up by other, cap-space friendly teams like the Bengals or the Colts.

King’s column is idiot talk, meant to fire up the blogosphere and give the Tony Grossi’s of the world something to write about on their 4 letter web sites.

Now could it happen?  Of course.  Will it happen?

I say no way.

Ignore the websites; the speculation, the stupid talk, and let Ozzie and Pat Moriarty do their job.

Joe Flacco is a Raven and will remain one for the rest of his career.

5 Raves on “Flacco Leaving the Ravens is Pure Science Fiction

  1. Joe on said:

    Believe it or not, I am hearing a contingent of Ravens fans who ACTUALLY think it’d be better for the team to let Joe walk, instead of paying him handsomely. They are under some sort of delusion that because we’d get 2 1st rounders back, we’d be able to re-draft a QB and start over.

    The GOAL of building a franchise is to find a franchise QB. Period. You’re going to let one walk now so you can rebuild, draft a QB who would HOPEFULLY be as good as Flacco and then…trade him again and start over? HA!

    No, it’s like buying a house. You find that absolutely right house, you sign the contract, get the keys and are all happy…until those mortgage checks start coming. You grumble and pay them, you change your budget so you can afford the mortgage…but you don’t sell your house off and buy an apartment again, so you can keep a sports car and a boat!

    • Fran the Fan on said:

      Joe, I could not agree with you more. I am stunned that some Ravens fans want to see Joe walk instead of getting his well-deserved pay day. I don’t know what they’re thinking….in the 12 years before they drafted Flacco (1996-20070, they’ve had 16 (sixteen) different quarterbacks who started games.

      Do they really want to go back to that?

      We have our franchise guy into the 2020′s. Bisciotti will pay him like one.

      Now, will there be blood? Undoubtedly. They are some fan favorites that won’t be playing in Purple and Black next year, just like in 2010, 2011, and 2012. It’s a fact of cap life in the NFL.

    • MrDot on said:

      I don’t get it either. The successful clubs in this league have stability at QB. Give that up and you end up like the Browns, Jets, or Chiefs. Total chaos year after year.

  2. Josh on said:

    Great article, Fran, but I came up with a ninth reason to keep Flacco that you overlooked: Scott Mitchell. To think that we would let Joe walk away is so absurd. I have never like Peter King, and his “reasoning” on this issue just strengthens that sentiment.

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