Is Joe Flacco the Worst Post-Season QB of All Time?

It is possible that Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco is the WORST POST-SEASON QUARTERBACK in the history of the NFL?  While the national media (and Baltimore’s local media) have given Flacco a pass for his ineptitude, 2010 will be the season where improvements must manifest.  ESPN’s top football writer, John Clayton,  considers Flacco to be an elite quarterback and cites his post-season performance as proof.  While no one at is quite that delusional, Flacco has managed to escape public scrutiny.  If Flacco cannot perform with the addition of Anquan Boldin to the receiving corps, Baltimore needs to look for a new quarterback.

In five post-season games, Joe Flacco has an abysmal rating of 46.5.  He has completed 57 of 120 passes (47.5%) for 660 yards.  The Baltimore signal caller has thrown one touchdown and six interceptions.  The Ravens are 3-2 in these games.  The defense and a powerful ground game were able to mask a horrific 4-10, 34 yard, 1 INT performance vs. the New England Patriots in January.

Brady Consoles Flacco for Piss Poor Performance

Flacco has yet to pass for 200 yards in the post-season.  He has had two games with ratings under 20 and two games with ratings under 60.

How much worse does it have to get before Ozzie Newsome turns to the guy he originally envisioned in this position: Troy Smith?

Addendum:  If Flacco is not the primary candidate, “Jaws” is in the running.  Ron Jaworski completed 46.5% of his post-season attempts and finished his career with a 4-5 record, including one Super Bowl appearance punctuated by 3 interceptions to Oakland Raiders LB Rod Martin.

Drew Bledsoe is in the conversation as well.  7 games.  51.2% completion percentage with 6 touchdowns against 12 interceptions.  Cumulative rating of 54.9 and a measly yards per attempt measure of 5.3 yards.


  1. I guess for those who don’t understand the literal meaning of Carte Blanche, you have cast the definition in bold relief. I’m sure as a Steeler fan, you’re getting an absolute kick out of needling your team’s arch rivals.

  2. Actually, the arch rivals all know better than to open their $@#!! mouths. Whether its Murder, Inc. down in Baltimore or Hit and Run in Cleveland, or 31 Flavors of Crime in Cincinnati, no one in Steeler Nation should expect to hear a peep from any of those folks. It’s been quiet.

  3. Remember in 2010 (against the Pats and Colts) he was pretty banged up. In 2009 they played a super stout defense in the Titans and in that Dolphins game, they had the luxury of half a dozen turnovers that the defense forced.

    Plus, Mark Clayton didn’t live up to his promise and they really weren’t utilizing Todd Heap too much in the passing game…not sure why

  4. Plus, the other thing about Flacco is that his strength is throwing the deep ball with precision. For whatever reason, Cam Cameron seems to design more of those than he does the unders and comebacks. They get a little delusional in Baltimore sometimes thinking that he’ll connect on every 60 yard bomb (where clayton comes into play…or rather does not). Any QB can throw the ball 10/15 yds with high percentage of success, but they don’t seem to operate like that. There were a lot of weird play calls last season ie Monday night Browns game when they picked up 7 or 8 yds on the ground and then came back next play with a flea flicker…then there was the infamous call a timeout to challenge a play, lose the challenge, and then play the rest of the 2nd half with 1 timeout.

    I’ve said it a 100 times, they made a big deal about signing Kelly Washington and having Demetrius Williams back and I didn’t see those guys on the field too much. Flacco holds on to the ball way too long, but maybe that’s cause his coaches don’t put enough options on the field for him. Passing game is extremely predictable when there’s only 2 wideouts on the field and 1 TE that they use for blocking.

    This year will be interesting because Stallworth always pulls a hami or bangs up his knee, and Boldin plays like a running back. So I’m not sure what will happen if they make it to the playoffs and how Flacco will perform

  5. Flacco’s only 24 or 25 years old, so he has room to grow, but frankly, I’d be concerned at this point.

    Were it not for Ed Reed’s flagrant attempt to injure Chris Johnson, this might all be moot. The Ravens were on the verge of getting mauled in that game. Reed twisted Johnson up and that was the end of that game.

    I’m not impressed. Cameron does a great deal to establish balanced offensive attacks that keep defenses from loading up on blitzes. He tries to keep the team in manageable downs/distances. We’ll see after this year. No more excuses or blaming Mark Clayton. 🙂

  6. Temple, great info because I hadn’t seen Flacco’s playoff failure’s detailed anywhere else which says a lot in this media day and age. Not surprised here at all.

    On the other hand, I don’t know if I would hold any of the games in his rookie year against him since he really seemed to improve in his second year. But as you say, this is the year that will answer all the questions. He has some experience. He has a receiver. He has ray rice. It is all set up for him. We’ll see.

  7. He’s very young. The area of concern for me, if I’m Baltimore, is that guys like Brady and Roethlisberger were winning those games at 24-25. Flacco may not be a total bum, but he hasn’t shown me much. He’s 25 now. Derrick Mason can’t be expected to perform at his level for much longer. Boldin is not impervious injury. If he doesn’t have at least stellar game this year, I say he’ll become a perennial 2nd tier guy.

    And I raised this precisely because analysts like John Clayton and others persist in referring to him as an “elite QB.” If “elite” still has anything to do with the upper crust of performers, he’s not there.

  8. It is absurd to call him “elite” at this stage. Perhaps “elite potential”, but you can say that about a bunch of guys

  9. I dunno, seems ridiculous to judge a QB after two years with a team that has long had a piss poor passing game. Not to mention, in that time he has had some very good games against good teams. The praise of Flacco doesn’t come from nothing, but his postseason play is misleading when you consider the fact that the Ravens have relied on running the ball and defense for a long time, and Flacco was significantly injured during the postseason in 2010. The fact that you cite the Patriots game as a bad performance and use QB rating as support shows that you are narrowly focused on statistics (yet you seem not to understand them). He threw the ball 10 times. That game means nothing.

  10. Thanks for weighing in. I thought a regression analysis and discussion of sample sizes would be over the top. The question has generated some interest and is worth considering because the Ravens believe in Flacco…though his regular season #’s look a lot like a guy jettisoned to the Raiders.

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