Is Joe Flacco Elite?

Source: Keith Allison https://goo.gl/O5QXLz

Ever since Joe Flacco led the Baltimore Ravens to a victory in Super Bowl 47, people have wondered if Joe Flacco is elite. Some will agree while others will look the other way.

Is Joe Flacco truly elite? Well, here are his regular season passing statistics since he joined the NFL.

2008: 16 starts, 2,971 yards, 60 completion %, 14 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.

2009: 16 starts, 3,613 yards, 63.1 completion %, 21 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.

2010: 16 starts, 3,622 yards, 62.6 completion %, 25 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.

2011: 16 starts, 3,610 yards, 57.6 completion %, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.

2012: 16 starts, 3,817 yards, 59.7 completion %, 22 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.

2013: 16 starts, 3,912 yards, 59 completion %, 19 touchdowns, and 22 interceptions.

2014: 16 starts, 3,986 yards, 62.1 completion %, 27 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.

2015: 10 starts, 2,791 yards, 64.4 completion %, 14 touchdowns, and 12 interpcetions.

Source: http://bit.ly/1qARGJ4

Looking at these numbers, one would say that Joe Flacco is still elite. After all, there aren’t many quarterbacks that lead their team to a Super Bowl victory. It really couldn’t matter what Flacco’s stat line is next season; he is still elite no matter what. His career best statistic are nowhere near great, and he’s proven himself to be a huge turnover machine who can’t even throw for over 4,000 yards or 30 touchdowns in a single season. Here are stat lines from quarterbacks who aren’t elite but still put up better passing numbers than Flacco:

Kirk Cousins (2015): 29 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and 4,166 yards. Source: http://bit.ly/1RJhEDW

Derek Carr (2015): 32 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, and 3,987 yards. Source: http://bit.ly/1RJhNHB

Matthew Stafford (2015): 32 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, and 4,262 yards. Source: http://bit.ly/148qnKY

Although these quarterbacks can outplay Flacco in the regular season, one thing is still certain: Flacco is elite. His stat line will never even be close to great, but his ring automatically makes him elite.

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