Over the past few seasons it seems that two distinct camps have developed in terms of the assessment of Joe Flacco’s skills.
Either you love him or hate him.
You think he’s either cool under fire or passionless.
I’m not really sure why that’s the case or why it has to be all or nothing when it comes to Flacco. Personally I’d prefer to say that I think he’s an above average quarterback, who if put in the right position could win a championship but also has his limitations and has yet to develop the consistency of the higher profile signal callers. So I guess I am a part of my own camp, though I know I’m not alone.
I’m probably more focused on all the negative comments that surrounded him all off-season. Everyone seemed to weigh in on Joe Flacco from pundits, analysts, writers, former and current players to even us lowly bloggers. The bulk of the opinion was that he’d never win a Super Bowl or that he was holding the Ravens back. Most felt like he just didn’t have it.
But a lot has happened in the first half of 2011. Since Flacco’s final 92-yd drive ended with a Ravens victory while sending the Steelers faithful into stunned silence, has that changed your opinion of Joe Flacco?
The Ravens are 6-2 tied to the lead in the AFC North with the surprising Bengals. They have now swept the hated Steelers and hold the tiebreaker come playoff time. As of this week Baltimore would seem to be the odds on favorite to make a Super Bowl appearance to represent the AFC.
Is that success due to Flacco or in spite of him?
I’d really like to hear fans’ thought’s on this. So please leave us a comment.
For me it hasn’t changed my opinion all that much. I still think he’s the same quarterback who can throw for 400 yards one week and 115 the next. I still think consistency is Flacco’s main issue. But you’d have to say that his latest performance may be his best as a Raven to date. He helped win the game against a rival with a great defense in a prime time game watched by millions. That has to count for something – right? I don’t think he’s turned some magic corner but it’s still impressive.
I do realize that Joe Flacco’s story and that of his team still has much left to be written. There are still SEVEN games yet to be played, four of which are against division opponents. So while Baltimore sits pretty right now things can change quickly week to week.
So for now I’ll just continue to savor the victory and wonder what will come next Sunday. Let’s hope it’s good.