I’m Still Wacko For Flacco, Why Shouldn’t I Be?
I love Baltimore and take tremendous pride in being a Baltimorean, but sometimes the sports fans in the town make me cringe almost to the point where I wonder if they know anything about sports. After the Ravens stunning loss at home to the Charlie Batch-led Steelers, the airwaves of Baltimore sports talk were filled with fans losing faith in this team and of course calling for there to be a new quarterback. Let me reiterate that: FANS WERE CALLING FOR FLACCO TO BE BENCHED.
Apparently four consecutive trips to the playoffs and two AFC Championships are not good enough for a lot of people. It is sentiments like that make me wonder about some of the sports fans in this town. Baltimore sports fans are the most passionate in the country, but passion can sometimes get in the way of common sense, and this is the perfect example of that.
While listening to the radio Monday I heard of myriad of callers bashing Flacco with the “Flacco sucks, it’s time for a change agreement.” That’s it? Your argument is just that he sucks while you give no concrete examples of why. I will admit I am, and always be, a Flacco supporter but that does not mean I don’t recognize his flaws? Of course not. I will admit he did not play well against the Steelers and that his pocket presence seems to be suspect, which cost the team on Sunday with the late game fumble. Why Flacco struggles so much on the road also leaves me scratching my head and often makes me critical of him, but I don’t just make a rash statement that he sucks without examining every aspect of his game.
In the first 12 years of the Ravens franchise there were more starting quarterbacks under center than there were playoff trips and seasons the franchise was in existence. From Stoney Case to Scott Mitchell to Tony Banks and Kyle Boller, the list goes on and on. One thing all of those quarterbacks had in common was that NONE of them led the Ravens to consecutive playoff trips.
I know football is a team game, but the idea of being able to win with just a stout defense and good running game is a thing of the past. This is a quarterback driven league first and foremost and if you examine the teams that had made the playoffs over the past few years you will see one thing that they had in common: a good quarterback. The word “elite” is used far too often when discussing quarterbacks and the debate on if Joe Flacco can be or is “elite” is a hot button topic every year. For those of you clamoring for a different QB other than Flacco, who do you think we can get? Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning? They have all won Super Bowls and guess what, they are also NOT AVAILABLE. Do you want Tony Romo, Matt Stafford or Phillip Rivers? If you do, count their number of playoff wins and get back to me. Do you want a rookie? Not every draft class has QBs as talented as RG3 and Andrew Luck – those guys are once in a lifetime talents and drafting the wrong QB can set your franchise back for a decade. Lastly, anyone calling for Tyrod Taylor needs to have their head examined. If Tyrod Taylor has to play a full season the Ravens would not win more than five games and suddenly you would see how a bad QB can turn a talented team into a losing team.
Joe Flacco is not the perfect quarterback, he has a few flaws and he definitely has played some very bad games in his Ravens career BUT I believe he is good enough to take the Ravens to a Super Bowl and worthy of a long term deal.
Without Flacco the Ravens only made the playoffs in consecutive seasons once. With Flacco they are on the verge of winning their second consecutive division title and clinching their 5th consecutive playoff appearance. That is something every Ravens fan should be happy about.
There could be far worse quarterbacks under center for the Ravens and Ravens fans should be ecstatic that we have a really good one.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, I am just giving mine.
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