How Does Flacco Compare to Top Ranked QBs After Four Years as a Starter?

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Ravens Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron said this week he thought Joe Flacco is right where he should be after four years as a starter. This statement got me to thinking how Flacco’s numbers compare to the top rated QBs from the last four seasons.

There is little doubt Flacco has the talent to be a franchise quarterback. But will he ever reach that next level of elite status?  I suppose that depends on your definition of “elite”, and that’s as about as easy as defining “cool”. Nobody can question Tom Brady’s inclusion in the elite class…he is practically the very definition.  Brees and Rodgers each have a Super Bowl and multiple seasons with excellent numbers. Philip Rivers also puts up consistent numbers year after year but has yet to make an appearance in the Super Bowl. 

So that brings us to Joe Flacco. Statistically he had a down year, yet he led the team to within seconds of the Super Bowl.  The numbers were actually quite surprising to me.  I expected Brady’s numbers to rank higher, while also thinking Rodgers would rank lower. The stats below put Flacco on a path somewhere in between greatness and above average. 

Next season will tell if Joe takes the right step forward or continues to regress.

Average seasons stats through first four years as a starter.

Quarterback *

Rating

Comp %

Yds/Gm

TD

INT

Sacks

W-L Record

Aaron Rodgers

105.2

65.6%

275.1

32.7

9.2

37.7

42-22

Philip Rivers

96.1

63.1%

231.3

26.2

11

24.7

46-18

Drew Brees

91.8

63.8%

228.8

23.5

12.2

21.7

39-25

Tom Brady^^

87.7

61.7%

220.4

24.2

13

32.5

48-16

Joe Flacco

85.9

60.8%

215.9

20

11.5

34.7

44-20

* Figures represent the averages during the quarterback’s first four seasons as a starter. Win loss record is for regular season games only.

AARON RODGERS

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

AVERAGE

STATISTIC

2008

2009

2010

2011

RATING

93.8

103.2

101.2

122.5

105.2

COMP PCT.

63.6%

64.7%

65.7%

68.3%

65.6%

YDS/GAME

252.4

277.1

261.5

309.5

275.1

TD

28

30

28

45

32.7

INT

13

7

11

6

9.2

SACKS

34

50

31

36

37.7

RECORD

6-10

11-5

10-6

15-1

42-22

 

PHILIP RIVERS

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

AVERAGE

STATISTIC

2006

2007

2008

2009

RATING

92

82.4

105.5

104.4

96.1

COMP PCT.

61.7%

60.2%

65.3%

65.2%

63.1%

YDS/GAME

211.8

197

250.6

265.9

231.3

TD

22

21

34

28

26.2

INT

9

15

11

9

11

SACKS

27

22

25

25

24.7

RECORD

14-2

11-5

8-8

13-3

46-18

 

DREW BREES**

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

AVERAGE

STATISTIC

2002

2004

2005

2006

RATING

76.9

104.8

89.2

96.2

91.8

COMP PCT.

60.8%

65.5%

64.6%

64.3%

63.8%

YDS/GAME

205.2

210.6

223.5

276.1

228.8

TD

17

27

24

26

23.5

INT

16

7

15

11

12.2

SACKS

24

18

27

18

21.7

RECORD

8-8

12-4

9-7

10-6

39-25

** Brees played only 11 games in 2003.

TOM BRADY

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

AVERAGE

STATISTIC

2001

2002

2003

2004

RATING

86.5

85.7

85.9

92.6

87.7

COMP PCT.

63.9%

62.1%

60.2%

60.8%

61.7%

YDS/GAME

189.5

235.2

226.2

230.8

220.4

TD

18

28

23

28

24.2

INT

12

14

12

14

13

SACKS

41

31

32

26

32.5

RECORD

11-5

9-7

14-2

14-2

48-16

^^ Brady took over as starter in game three of 2001 season and record reflects losses in first two games when Drew Bledsoe was the starting QB.

 

JOE FLACCO

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

AVERAGE

STATISTIC

2008

2009

2010

2011

RATING

80.3

88.9

93.6

80.9

85.9

COMP PCT.

60%

63.1%

62.6%

57.6%

60.8%

YDS/GAME

185.7

225.8

226.4

225.6

215.9

TD

14

21

25

20

20

INT

12

12

10

12

11.5

SACKS

32

36

40

31

34.7

RECORD

11-5

9-7

12-4

12-4

44-20

 

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Scot is a Baltimore native, a Towson University graduate, and has followed sports since the early 1980’s. Scot likes to go inside the numbers and get the real “411” on the wins and losses,  hence his Behind The Numbers column.
 

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