Joe Flacco plummets in Jaws' QB rankings

July, 21, 2014
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There should be no surprise that Joe Flacco has dropped in another ranking this offseason, the result of going from the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player to second-most intercepted passer in the league.

But it was a dramatic fall in ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski's latest rankings, where Flacco plummeted to No. 10. This is six spots lower than last year.

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Many agreed that Flacco was overrated by Jaworski in 2013, when he had the Baltimore Ravens quarterback ranked ahead of the likes of Drew Brees. Now, Flacco is ranked exactly where he should be.

An argument can be made that Flacco should be ranked higher than Matt Ryan (No. 8) and Russell Wilson (No. 9). Ryan had a down season as well last year (17 interceptions) and he can't match the postseason credentials of Flacco. Wilson has a Super Bowl ring like Flacco, but he didn't carry his team like Flacco, throwing for 524 yards and three touchdowns in three playoff games.

It's just difficult to build a persuasive case for Flacco after he threw 22 interceptions last year and finished with a 73.1 passer rating, which was only better than Matt Schaub, Brandon Weeden, Eli Manning, Terrelle Pryor and Geno Smith. Three of those quarterbacks switched teams this offseason.

That's why being ranked No. 10 is very fair for Flacco. He is still ahead of Eli Manning (No. 11), Tony Romo (No. 12), Colin Kaepernick (No. 13) and Cam Newton (No. 14).

There are legitimate reasons why Flacco struggled last season. His targets were limited, his offensive line was poor and his running game was nonexistent. Still, Flacco didn't make great decisions.

Perhaps the more interesting question is this: Where do you expect Flacco to be ranked next year? The Ravens' pass protection should be better, and his options are undoubtedly better with the addition of wide receiver Steve Smith and the return of tight end Dennis Pitta.

With the talent around Flacco, it will easier to gauge where in the top 10 he should be ranked.

Here is Ron Jaworski's top 10 quarterbacks:

1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

6. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

7. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

8. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

9. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

10. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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