How Does Joe Flacco Measure Up? (Part II)

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Joe Flacco has certainly received his fair share of criticisms during his career both on a local and a national level.

The Super Bowl XLVII MVP has been shredded by the likes of ESPN’s Skip Bayless and NFL Networks Heath Evans. Not that Flacco should be worried about these two clowns whose contributions to sports journalism are on par with Britney Spears’ advancements in music.

The point is that Joe The Quarterback doesn’t get his proper due, although the more qualified Ron Jaworski does his best to stave of the naysayers.

Here’s Part II of a close examination of Joe Flacco’s accomplishments during his first five seasons as they compare to other top quarterbacks of the modern era as presented by guest blogger Luke Springer. ~ Tony Lombardi

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In hopes of illustrating how ridiculously underrated Joe Flacco has been thus far in his career, I am providing a 3-Part statistical breakdown of how he compares to all other QBs in modern-era NFL history. Part I was presented HERE. Part II is shown below.

In order to be eligible for consideration, you have to be in the top 120 QBs in NFL history in passing yards and have completed 5 NFL seasons. This is also for all QBs who started their careers post 1960, which eliminates All-Time greats like Otto Graham, Sonny Jurgensen, Bart Starr and of course John Unitas.

For comparative purposes consider the following performances from some Other Hall of Fame inductees during their first 5 seasons:

TD/INT Ratio (through year 5)

Other Hall of Famers: Kelly (1.46), Tarkenton (1.22), Young (1.19), Elway (1.10), Aikman (1.05), Griese (1.01), Namath (0.93), Fouts (0.60), Bradshaw (.59)

INT % (through year 5)

Other Hall of Famers: Kelly (3.11%) Marino (3.21%), Troy Aikman (3.44%), Steve Young (3.54%), John Elway (3.57%), Namath (5.09%), Tarkenton (5.13%), Fouts (5.21%), Griese (5.26%), Bradshaw (6.60%-pitiful)

QB Rating (through year 5)

Peyton Manning (14th-85.86)

Other Hall of Famers- Jim Kelly (83.5), Troy Aikman (81.00), Fran Tarkenton (78.1), Steve Young (77.26), John Elway (74.09)

6 Raves on “How Does Joe Flacco Measure Up? (Part II)

  1. g money on said:

    boom! that’s a serious statement right there. I don’t know if I can get behind that, but I will say this, in the next 3 years he will be the best QB in the league! Say something!

  2. JerryB on said:

    See my comment relative to the Flacco/Ryan debate. All those statistics are relatively meaningless when compared to wins and losses, post season appearances and Super Bowl victories. And, lets not forget that for most of his 5 years, he labored under the antiquated, dysfunctional, out-of-sync system of Cam Cameron and STILL managed to take his team to the playoffs every year! He realized his full potential during last year’s Super Bowl run under the watchful eye of Jim Caldwell and will only get better with time…..

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