Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco raised eyebrows last month when he proclaimed himself the NFL’s best quarterback.
However, last Wednesday night, we learned that many of Flacco’s peers think pretty highly of him.
Flacco, 27, was ranked as No. 74 on the the NFL Network’s annual top 100 players list, as voted on by the players themselves. While Flacco’s peers didn’t agree with his assumption that he’s the league’s best signal caller, he did move up 16 spots from last year’s list. According to Greg Rosenthal of NFL.com, there are 10 quarterbacks that will be ranked ahead of Flacco on this year’s list.
This year, Flacco was ranked higher than Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. Romo came in at No. 91 while Tebow, the former Bronco, came in at No. 95.
Flacco’s 57.6 percent completion percentage last season was the lowest in his four-year career. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Flacco threw for 3,610 yards and 20 touchdowns. He committed 18 turnovers (12 interceptions and six fumbles lost), but guided the Ravens to a 12-4 regular-season record and the team’s first AFC North division crown since 2006. In addition, he led the Ravens to their first AFC Championship Game since his rookie season in 2008.
That being said, Flacco deserves credit for playing his best in the biggest moments. He led the offense on a 92-yard, game-winning touchdown drive in the final two minutes of a prime-time game in Pittsburgh against the league’s top-rated defense. He also outplayed the three-time Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady, in the title game and was one stripped pass away from putting the Ravens in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2000.
Flacco’s long-awaited respect is finally starting to arrive, now it’s time for “Joe Cool” to back up his talk.