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
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)