Sunday, February 3, 2013
Why Ravens should pay steady Flacco
By Tom Carpenter
Savvy fantasy football owners know that when drafting a championship team, we need to focus not just on the upside of players, but also their statistical floor. In other words, it's not just whether a player can break out and help your team but also the risk of that player failing miserably and running your team into the ground.
The same can be said for NFL teams, too. They not only want players who can pile up great stats and lead the team to wins, but they also want a steady hand at each position, especially quarterback. That brings us to Joe Flacco, who has been a constant source of debate from fans and pundits regarding whether he truly is an "elite" quarterback.
ESPN NFL Insider Chris Sprow believes that when it comes time for the Ravens to discuss Flacco's next contract this summer, they need to consider the QB's floor, not just his ceiling:
Chris SprowWhy Flacco is worth big money
"Flacco hasn't been brilliant, really, save for spots in these playoffs, but he's been completely incapable of ruining a season for a good team. In paying Flacco, you pay for a steady baseline of performance that you can plan for. And there's plenty of proof you can win with him. The Ravens have been a pretty good team around Flacco -- a theme endlessly noted -- but they've also never been close to bad when he's around. Flacco has never won fewer than nine games in a season, even as he has started 80 of 80 possible NFL games; his 54-26 regular-season record is the best for any QB who started his first 80 games. His postseason record of 8-4 headed into Sunday is the envy of many, and he's one of six QBs with 8 TD passes and zero INTs in a single postseason. (The other five all won the Super Bowl and were named MVP … no pressure.) ... On a bad roster, Flacco would be worth less. But for a franchise with a consistent track record of good coaching, very good scouting, roster development and smart drafting, he's actually worth more. Baltimore gains the peace of mind of Flacco's sustainable baseline level of performance."