Fans of the Baltimore Ravens have been debating the merits of QB Joe Flacco since he started his first game in 2008 and he has not missed a single start in his three years in the league. Making the playoffs might have satisfied many fans but others say that unless Flaccomakes the step to the next level, the team will continue to underachieve in the post season and disappoint fans with another early playoff exit.
In a recent story on ESPN.com, its NFL writers combined to rank the Top Ten Quarterbacks in the NFL today. Thanks to a tie, Flacco squeaked in at number ten alongside the Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo. The list is led by Tom Brady (New England Patriots), followed by Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts), Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) and Aaron Rodgers (Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers). Flacco (and Romo) are just behind 9th ranked Eli Manning (New York Giants) and two guys tied for 7th place, Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons) and Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles). The middle of the pack has 5th ranked Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) and 6th ranked Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers).
That's eleven guys ranked in the Top Ten, which means that Flacco got on this list by the thinnest of margins, but on it nonetheless.