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 NFL.com 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.
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.