Saturday, November 17, 2012
Where Flacco is better than Roethlisberger
By Jamison Hensley
Ben Roethlisberger has won more Super Bowls than Joe Flacco. He's been to more Pro Bowls. But one area where Flacco is unquestionably better than Roethlisberger is durability.
Flacco has never missed a game since being drafted by the Ravens in 2008, starting 73 straight games. His consecutive start streak is the third-longest current one in the NFL. Only Eli Manning (129 starts) and Philip Rivers (105) have started more games in a row than Flacco.
Since Flacco started his streak, Roethlisberger has missed six starts. He was sidelined for one game in 2009 (head injury), four games in 2010 (NFL suspension) and one game last season (ankle injury). Roethlisberger will be out for another Sunday night, when the Steelers play Flacco and the Ravens.
"I haven't played too long yet, but you want to show up for your teammates every Sunday," Flacco said. "You do everything to make sure that happens."
Flacco's durability really stands out when you look at the current NFL landscape. Three quarterbacks -- Roethlisberger, Jay Cutler and Michael Vick -- won't play in Week 11, and Alex Smith could be out as well.
Flacco said he's never been close to missing a start; his worst injury was a deep hip and thigh bruise during the 2010 playoffs.
"I probably think about how fortunate I am to still be standing, but it's the name of the game, so I don't put too much thought into it," Flacco said. "It's just the way it is. Fortunately, I haven't had to deal with a head injury like that. Hopefully, I have a lot of football left, so you never know. It's a crazy game. It's a game we all choose to play. Sometimes things like that happen -- hopefully just not too often."