For me it's pretty simple. I can think of about 15 quarterbacks I'd rather have in the first 58 minutes of a regular season game. But when the pressure is on, I can't think of any quarterback I'd rather have. There are two to three games a year in which Flacco looks like a complete scrub. There are about 10 games a year when he's league average, a game manager. There are three games a year in which he is absolutely transcendent. And then there are the playoffs, when he has been at another level since the 2012 AFC Championship game, a game which Joe Flacco bears NO responsibility for losing. So all in all, I usually put Flacco around 8th in the league. Anything worse than 13th or so is just ridiculous.
My questions are this with regards to the current groupthink on quarterbacks:
When did everyone become so convinced Sam Bradford is good? He has shown two things so far in the NFL... diddly and squat.
Why do so many writers think Derek Carr and Blake Bortles are better than Teddy Bridgewater? Bridgewater had the best rookie season by far and will only get better. He doesn't throw rockets, but Peyton Manning never did either. I think Bridgewater will become a star before it's all said and done.
Ryan Tannehill? Really? Throwing for 4,000 yards doesn't mean jack if the numbers are empty.
Of all the franchise quarterbacks, Flacco may have made due with the worst group of weapons over his time in Baltimore. At no point did he have a true go-to guy.
Flacco isn't really that hard to figure out. That the national media has yet to do so is embarrassing for them (especially the ones who still think Flacco is immobile).