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Author: Jon Kuzma
The debate recently out of Maryland is whether or not Joe Flacco is an elite football player? While it seems like the state is divided on that discussion, without doubt Joe Flacco is a good football player and at times has been elite. However the question seems to be is he elite all the time? If you were looking at Flacco’s films from the 2013 playoffs the year which Baltimore would go on to win Super Bowl XLVII. You would say that without a doubt Flacco is an elite quarterback. The Ravens quarterback did a great job of understanding where the defensive pressure was coming from, and continuously stepped up in the pocket and made big time throws. During that period Joe Flacco was easily an elite quarterback and if you took him out of that equation. It would of been much tougher for the Ravens to win the Super Bowl that year because Flacco was truly “that good.” Is Flacco an elite player all the time though? He is on the bubble and sometimes he is and sometimes he isn’t. That would lead a lot of people to believe that he isn’t elite because he isn’t consistently playing at that high level. All of the tools are there but it’s the consistency that the fans in Maryland would like to Joe Flacco address and if he can get better in that area. Hands down Joe Flacco can be one of the best in the business. It will also take the Ravens adding some talented players around their signal caller to help improve his chances for success. Losing talented offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele certainly doesn’t help Flacco’s case and the Ravens must address that particular loss in the draft at some point. However with 162 career touchdowns passes and only 102 career interceptions. One thing has been for certain, and that is the fact that Joe Flacco has been very good. Now with a new 3 year $66 million dollar contract in hand we will see if Flacco can elevate his game and play elite level football every down in 2016. It’s hard to bet against him.
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