Just days after Giants quarterback Eli Manning was cornered into calling himself an “elite quarterback” on Tom Brady’s level, the Ravens Joe Flacco was at it saying he too is an elite quarterback. Flacco, who appeared on ESPN Radio’s “The Scott Van Pelt Show” Wednesday, had this to say when asked if he considers himself a top-five guy:
“I think of myself the same way,” the fourth-year QB said. “Every quarterback in the league should feel that way. You don’t want to talk about yourself as a quarterback, but here in Baltimore, we’ve won a lot of games in the last three years and we’ve won playoff games each year. And when you’re talking about football games, it’s all about winning football games and that’s what we’ve done.”
Flacco is the only quarterback in NFL history to start and win a playoff game for the first 3 seasons of his career. He was also the first rookie quarterback to win two playoff games, both coming from on the road. Now how about this for size: the 26-year-old is in a class with just one other, Hall of Famer Dan Marino, as both are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to win 36 games in their first three career seasons, which includes playoff wins as well.
The barometer in which I measure elite quarterbacks or players for that matter is simply, Super Bowl rings. With Flacco coming up short in three straight playoff appearances I still can’t put the 4th year signal caller in top tier status. But who knows, maybe if and when Flacco can get over the hump and lead this team to the promise land that discussion will open up for debate.
In seven career playoff games Joe Flacco has been less than stellar, to say the least. The 26-year-old has compiled just 4 touchdowns compared to 7 interceptions, while averaging a quarterback rating of just 61.1 in those seven games.
Heck, it took Peyton Manning till his ninth season to get his one and only Super Bowl ring. Along with Tom Brady, the two have been regarded as 1A and 1B when talking about the elite quarterbacks of this generation.
For what it’s what worth, here are my top five-quarterbacks:
- Tom Brady
- Aaron Rodgers
- Peyton Manning
- Ben Roethlisberger
- Drew Brees
Notice the trend? All these guys have the hardware to make their case. Both Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger have multiple Super Bowl rings, Brady with three and Roethlisberger with two.
So who’s on your list? Feel free to comment and make your voice heard.