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USA Today Sports ranks Ravens QB Joe Flacco as an average QB

NFL: Preaseason-Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

There are 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is ranked 16th in the league by USA Today’s, “For The Win”. Yes, the average Joe label is still on Flacco.

Here is what For The Win had to say about Flacco:

“Flacco hasn’t gotten any better since the Ravens made him the highest-paid quarterback in the league back in 2013. He’s still got a bazooka for an arm and is more mobile than he’s given credit for, but that’s where the positives end. His sloppy footwork has led to declining accuracy. Even at 31, he doesn’t do much work before the snap, and he’s still not great at making adjustments after the snap either.

Flacco is talented. If you put the right team and coaches around him, he’ll look good. He’s not going to elevate those around him, though, and that’s what the Ravens are paying him to do.”

As low as that may seem career wise for Flacco, this isn’t even the worst part of the rankings.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan are all ahead of Flacco on this list.

Do you know how many combined touchdown passes Cutler, Dalton, Stafford and Ryan have in the playoffs? 16. Flacco has 25 touchdown passes in the playoffs by himself.

Do you know how many playoff wins Cutler, Dalton, Stafford and Ryan have combined? two playoff wins. Flacco has 10 by himself.

In the case of Dalton and the Bengals, Flacco has more playoff wins than the Bengals do in its entire franchise history. The Bengals have a total of five playoff wins all-time.

The Bengals literally haven’t won a playoff game since the Soviet Union was dismantled in January of 1992 but Dalton continues to get a pass for failing in playoffs while having the best talent on one roster in the entire NFL. Amazing.

Did I mention that Flacco leads all quarterbacks all-time in road playoff wins with seven? Did I mention that Flacco is a Super Bowl MVP? How many quarterbacks do you know of who has head to head playoff wins under their belt against Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck? Nobody else.

What I’m about to say is not an exaggeration. Flacco is the only player I have ever seen in professional sports where people completely ignore his playoff success and focus on his regular season success.

Usually in sports, people look for how well a player plays when it matters most in the playoffs and put less emphasis on the regular season. But in Flacco’s case, people seem to believe that regular season stats are more important than postseason stats.

Yes, Flacco isn’t among the best quarterbacks generally when it comes to the regular season. But Flacco is among the best when it comes to the playoffs as he is 10th all-time in postseason touchdown passes and third among active quarterbacks.

I know it is a team sport that goes for every player. But if the object of the game is winning and you want your team to win a championship, give me a quarterback in Flacco over Cutler, Dalton, Stafford, Ryan, Tony Romo, Carson Palmer and even Luck any time. The last seven quarterbacks I listed have eight playoff wins combined all-time.

Most people who sell Flacco short all the time must be fantasy football guys. That’s really the only reasoning I have for rankings like these.