July 24, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) practices during the Baltimore Ravens opening day of training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE
In their continuing series of ranking all the positions on the football field, SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber finally gets to the most important, the quarterback, in their 'Ranking The Quarterbacks' story. They obviously look at each team's starter but as the rankings get closer down the list, the quality of each team's backups is taken into account.
Fans of the Baltimore Ravens and QB Joe Flacco may be interested in finding out where they rate him and their curiosity will not result in their approval, much less their satisfaction finding out which QBs were ahead of him. Flacco was ranked 14 overall, which is way too low by almost any account, especially when you hear the names that were placed above him.
(Find out who was ranked above and below Joe Flacco after the 'Jump')
It's hard to argue with the top four team's QBs, starting with the Green Bay Packers (Aaron Rodgers) and followed in order, by the New Orleans Saints (Drew Brees), New England Patriots (Tom Brady) and New York Giants (Eli Manning). It's also hard to debate placing Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning ahead of Joe, and perhaps even arguable to rank Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo above Flacco.
However, I still have trouble seeing Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Jay Cutler in front of Flacco, as while they may have had statistically better seasons over the years, they still have absolutely nothing to show for it in terms of winning.At least they had the decency to rate Matt Schaub, Andy Dalton and Josh Freeman after Joe!
Here's what they said about Flacco in their rankings:
The Ravens let Joe Flacco do a little more throwing last season. His 542 attempts were the most of his career, but a mediocre 57.6 completion percentage was a new low. Flacco is on the verge of a well-deserved contract extension, and he has yet to miss a game in his four-year career. With the Ravens inching toward expanding their passing game, the onus is on Flacco to establish himself this season.
What do you think about SB Nation's ranking of Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco as the NFL's 14th best QB?
Way too low, he should be in top ten (99 votes)
A bit too low, should be around #10-12 (78 votes)
Looks like about right (23 votes)
Nah, should be ranked even lower than #14. (17 votes)
217 total votes