In the eyes of Sports Illustrated columnist Jim Trotter, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been playing at a level somewhere between Texans rookie QB T.J. Yates and Colts signal-caller Dan Orlovsky during the 2011 season.
Trotter, who focuses on the NFL for SI.com and the magazine, wrote a column last week ranking quarterbacks based on their play in 2011 alone. Flacco was 22nd, something that has infuriated local sports talk radio fans.
“Baltimore is tied for the best record in the AFC, but Flacco is on pace to throw for his fewest touchdowns since his rookie season in 2008. His 55.3 completion percentage also is a career low. Normally he would be higher in the rankings, but if a player has shown us more but gives us less, it's tough to give him full credit,” Trotter wrote last week (this was before Flacco threw two touchdown passes in a 24-10 win over Orlovsky’s Colts).
Check out some of the quarterbacks who are ranked ahead of Flacco on Trotter’s list: Tim Tebow (fifth), Alex Smith (sixth), Mark Sanchez (11th), Matt Moore (14th), Carson Palmer (19th) and Christian Ponder (20th).
Sure, this hasn’t been Flacco’s best season statistically, and it’s also true that we should hold Flacco to a lofty standard given everything he has accomplished in his four years in the NFL. But really, putting Moore, Palmer and Ponder ahead of Flacco? Those three guys are a combined 8-14 as starters in 2011 with 29 interceptions.
And don’t get me started on Smith and Sanchez.
What do you guys think of Trotter’s list? And where would you rank Flacco in terms of his 2011 performance?