Light the pitchforks folks, this one’s a doozy.
ProFootballFocus recently ranked all 32 NFL quarterback situations, and the distance it takes to find the Baltimore Ravens and Joe Flacco is appalling. How it goes for Ravens fans when holding down on your keypad.
"Okay. . . Fair enough. . . can’t really agree there but. . . wait, did I skip him. . . seriously? Seriously?! Are you KIDDING ME?! Wait, HE’S AHEAD OF HIM?? Oh there we go, found J— THE EAGLES ARE ABOVE US?!"
Yes, you read that right. The Philadelphia Eagles and their QB situation of Sam Bradford mixed with Chase Daniel and Carson Wentz is above the Ravens situation. I assume the reasoning behind this is because the Eagles have a situation, meanwhile Joe Flacco is obviously the answer, and there isn’t a situation to talk about. There can’t be a universe that thinks these quarterbacks are a better situation than Joe Flacco, but here I am now:
- Matt Ryan: Not actually shocking, pundits love Ryan
- Andy Dalton: Ehh, he produced last season with a full roster of great players on both sides of the ball. If Flacco had that roster last season we’d be hoisting a trophy, no doubt in my mind. But I cannot condemn them on ranking Dalton over Flacco, plus there are so many more down below.
- Tyrod Taylor: We all love Tyrod, he was our backup quarterback that gave us a great presence to practice against mobile quarterbacks, and in doing so I personally believe the Ravens were the most prepared in the league to face off against Colin Kaepernick in the 2012-2013 season. We built our defense on facing Tyrod Taylor’s practice. But this has nothing to do with his ranking (14). Reminder, that is 11 spots higher than the Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco. Taylor absolutely impressed, but coming into this season I don’t believe others take Taylor over Flacco.
- Jameis Winston: Okay, a great rookie season in this league isn’t easy, but they even post their focal point of the grade with, "Key Stat: Winston completed only 58.4 percent of his passes last season, the 33rd-highest rate in the NFL." But he’s higher than Flacco? What gives?
- Kirk Cousins: Oh yeah folks, Mr. YOULIKETHAT is eight spots higher than Joe. Now, Kirk posted the NFL’s leading completion percentage last season (69.8%), but the man was throwing at only 8.2 yards per throw. Cousins isn’t even a surefire starter, or franchise player, hence the tag this season. How does that justify him being ahead of a guaranteed NFL caliber QB?
- Blake Bortles: PFF posts their own argument against Blake at the top, "Key stat: Bortles has yet to top 60 percent in completion percentage in the NFL over a season." Let’s not forget the Jaguars have Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Julius Thomas. Both Allen’s posted over 1,000 yards and 10 TD’s. But he can’t manage 60% completion? Give Flacco the weapons and watch the man crush that elusive 4,000 yard mark.
- Alex Smith: The man that doesn’t throw over 20 yards, and is the most basic game manager in the NFL. While it’s nice to have consistent success, he won’t be the man to dig you out of a hole. With an outstanding backfield built up of Jamaal Charles, Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware and Knile Davis, Smith is able to lean back on a solid running game. Not to mention throwing to Jeremy Maclin, the man is surrounded in safety blankets.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Who is actually their starting QB? Nobody truly knows, and because of that, I'm not even labelling them other than Philly Eagles.
The list on who is a worse QB is bigger than who isn’t according to PFF.
- Marcus Mariota
- Jared Goff
- Brock Osweiler
- Mark Sanchez
- Robert Griffin III
- Blaine Gabbert
- Geno Smith
I don’t know what PFF has against the Ravens, but they surely didn’t like the thought of Joe this season.