By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
3:30 PM EDT, September 20, 2013
Ravens coach John Harbaugh delivered an impassioned show of support Friday for quarterback Joe Flacco.
Harbaugh predicted that Flacco will be regarded as one of the top quarterbacks to ever play when he's done with his career.
"Joe accomplished something that was really almost unmatched in postseason history," Harbaugh said. "Joe is going to become one of the premier quarterbacks in the history of the National Football League. I’ve said that many, many times."
Named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLVII, Flacco delivered three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in a win over the San Francisco 49ers. Flacco had 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the postseason.
For his career, Flacco has completed 60.5 percent of his throws for 18,206 yards, 105 touchdowns and 58 interceptions and is Ravens' all-time leading passer and has an all-time record of 64-31.
Through two games this season, Flacco has completed 56 of 95 passes for 573 yards with three touchdowns, two interceptions and a 78.1 quarterback rating.
Flacco, who's tied with Tom Brady for the most playoff wins by a starting quarterback in his first five seasons (nine), is currently ranked 24th among NFL passers. However, his less-than glittery statistics this season are a bit misleading considering that he's had three dropped touchdown passes and numerous other drops from a receiving corps that no longer has wide receiver Anquan Boldin (traded to the San Francisco 49ers) or tight end Dennis Pitta (injured reserve-designated to return after hip surgery).
"In the end, that statement will prove to be correct, and all the naysayers out there, they will be wrong, as usual," Harbaugh said of his prediction. "And I’ll be looking forward to them when they say, ‘I was wrong,' but that will probably be a first."