ESPN Insider Considers Flacco Over-Rated

May 23, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws passes during the Baltimore Ravens OTA at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

While this writer believes the complete opposite, ESPN Insider posted a story on the most over-rated players in the NFL and Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco tops the list. To be a bit more accurate, Flacco's name was at the top of the list, but it did not appear to be in any specific order, although it was separated by conference between the AFC & NFC.

Although Ravens fans have every reason to go bonkers on what should be consider blasphemy here in Baltimore, ESPN Insider's KC Joyner gives his reasons behind this "ranking." When people, especially those who are considered to be experts, based rankings purely on in-depth statistics, regardless of how deep they go into detail, it infuriates those who see the big picture, which is the result of what a player and his team do out on the field.

Flacco has done nothing but win in his first four years in the league and to suggest that he is anything other than a winner should dispel any notion that he is over-rated, especially considering he is arguably only around the 10th best QB in the league.

(Click on the 'Jump' to read what ESPN Insider's KC Joyner said about Flacco)

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens

Flacco put himself on this list by saying in an April radio interview that he thinks he is the best quarterback in the NFL.

That he isn't the best field general in the league comes as no surprise, but Flacco's 2011 season doesn't even place him in the upper half of the league. His 9.6 vertical yards per attempt mark (VYPA -- which measures success on passes 11-plus yards downfield) ranked tied for 25th, and his 10.7 stretch vertical YPA (SVYPA -- passes over 20 yards downfield) ranked 26th.

To get an idea of just how bad those totals were, they each ranked dead last or tied for last in the AFC North. That's right, the Browns' passing offense of Colt McCoy and a bunch of underachieving wideouts posted equal or better downfield productivity passing numbers than Flacco did while throwing to a wide receiving corps that included Anquan Boldin and standout rookie Torrey Smith.

Other players considered over-rated in the AFC in the story include Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham, Denver Broncos CB Champ Bailey, New York Jets OT D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Oakland Raiders WR Denarius Moore and Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden.

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