Joe Flacco can’t catch a break.
Even in a week after he stood in against a surprisingly tough Houston Texans pass rush while still throwing for 305 yards and leading the Ravens to a 29-14 win, it only took a couple minutes of searching to find one of the fourth-year quarterback’s detractors.
That’s fine, of course. Bayless is paid to pontificate on the sports world and offer opinions that start conversation.
But as someone who follows the Ravens closely, I just don’t understand what the majority of Flacco’s critics are thinking.
When an analyst or the occasional fan criticizes Flacco, very rarely are they critiquing his resume, which includes three straight trips to the playoffs in his first three years in the league.
Instead, the criticism goes something like: “Well, he’s no Peyton Manning or Tom Brady.”
It’s, frankly, a ridiculous way to fairly measure the University of Delaware graduate’s success.
I’m no Flacco apologist. But what is the point of comparing Flacco to two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL’s history?
Do pundits and grouchy fans forget the perennially low level of quarterback play the Ravens worked with until Flacco was drafted in 2008? Need they be reminded?
Comparing Flacco to Ravens signal callers of the past is fair. You can even compare him to Matt Ryan, the other quarterback selected in the first round of 2008 draft, or Rich Gannon, the last Delaware quarterback to make a mark in the NFL.
But comparing Flacco to Manning and Brady?
Please. Let’s at least be fair.
I’ve had a similar feeling before, Sofia.
With the Ravens playing the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday Night Football next week, football Sunday will be significantly less appealing for Ravens fans.
Sure, most will watch some football anyway.
But it’s just not as exciting heading into the weekend knowing you must wait until Monday night to watch the team you really care about.
It’s a little bit of an emotional let down, really, when every other game has been played and you still have to wade through an entire work day before watching the Ravens Monday night.
Then, you’ve got to somehow stay awake for the entire game.
Not to mention that without a game that might force you to stay put in front of the television for a few hours in the middle of the day, alternative activity options for Sunday – usually not even broached by many during Ravens season in these parts – are suddenly on the table.
So be warned, Ravens fans. I’ve already been asked to go on the dreaded double date. You might be next.
As the owner of a now-useless Le’Ron McClain jersey – the last Ravens fullback, now playing for the Kansas City Chiefs – I couldn’t agree with you more, Vonta.