Top 30 NFL QBs: #27
- Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Games Started: 10 (10 Regular Season, 0 Postseason)
Pass Completion Percentage: 64.4%
Passing Yards: 2,791
Quarterback Rating: 83.1
Yards per Attempt: 6.76
Best Game: 32-45 for 384 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception. @ Oakland Raiders.
(Stats courtesy of ESPN and Wikipedia)
Before people start getting too carried away with his low ranking, Flacco is primarily in this spot due to a season cut short by injury. However, a 14-12 TD-INT ratio is pedestrian at best.
However, with a roster almost completely depleted by injuries, Flacco's poor performance might be less of a negative reflection on him and more of a sign of an offense that just didn't have the personnel to work properly. Keep in mind that Baltimore lost their starting receiver, Steve Smith, halfway through the season. They also lost 4 Tight Ends to injuries. There is a good case that could be made that Flacco just ran out of decent targets.
The future of Flacco seems pretty clear, there is little doubt that Flacco is the franchise passer for Baltimore. And with the Ravens adding to their roster with key moves this off-season, as well as returning most of their injured starters from last year, Baltimore looks to be a competitive club. Which just might mean that Flacco could be put into position to make another dominant post-season run to another Lombardi trophy sometime in the near future.
Next up, #26
Hint: An established veteran with injury problems.
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