Joe Flacco, graduate of Game Manager University and Baltimore Ravens quarterback is now a Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl MVP after one of the great postseason runs in recent memory.
Flacco finished the postseason with 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions while going through one of the more difficult roads to a Super Bowl crown in playoff history.
In order to win the Super Bowl, consider what Flacco and the Ravens had to overcome during their postseason run:
- Defeat the Indianapolis Colts who were led by Baltimore’s ex-defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano. The Chuck Strong march served as the backbone of Indy’s season.
- Topple Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Denver in bone-chilling conditions.
- Needed a 70-yard TD catch by Jacoby Jones to force overtime against Denver with less than 50 seconds left.
- A week later, trailed 13-7 to New England at halftime of the AFC title game. Tom Brady and the Patriots were 67-0 when leading at halftime at home. Make that 67-1.
- Survive a 34-minute power outage during the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII.
- Nearly blow a 22-point lead but manage to hold off the 49ers on four consecutive players from inside the Baltimore 10.
Baltimore survived landmines in nearly every round to win the Super Bowl.
Of course, none of this was possible without the play of Flacco, who finally earned his stripes as a marquee NFL quarterback.
During his post-game chat with the NFL Network crew, Flacco stated that he is likely to ask for a significant pay raise.
After beating the top two quarterbacks in the sport over the last 20 years to reach the Super Bowl and overcoming the league’s new niche offense, Flacco should get a massive pay raise in the $100 million territory.
It’s probably over-reactionary but here is look at the new order of quarterbacks in the NFL:
1. Tom Brady
2. Aaron Rodgers
3. Peyton Manning
4. Joe Flacco
5. Drew Brees
6. Eli Manning
7. Matt Ryan
8. Ben Roethlisberger
9. Russell Wilson
10. Robert Griffin III
A few reasons why Flacco is that high:
- Flacco has reached the postseason in each of his first five seasons.
- Flacco has the same number of playoff wins as Peyton Manning (9) and more than Eli Manning (8).
- Brees won Super Bowl XLIV but has won one playoff game since. His greatest contribution is being a stat compiler at the moment.
- Eli Manning has two rings and two MVP awards, concentrated over two seasons. However, he has missed three of the last four postseasons. Plus, Elisha was one and done in the postseason on three occasions. Flacco has yet to be one and done in the playoffs.
- Flacco is a Lee Evans drop from being in back to back Super Bowls.
Brady and Manning are probably on the way out inside of the next three years.
It’s time to make room for a new face amongst NFL quarterback royalty.