ESPN reporter John Clayton is routinely lambasted on his “blog” for ESPN.com because he makes outlandish and often ridiculous statements. Perhaps no single statement has garnered as much ridicule as his singular proclamation that Baltimore Ravens starter Joe Flacco is “an elite quarterback.”
Clayton has been stuck on stupid for some time now. He affirmed Flacco’s future greatness years ago. He was sure the evidence would come. Clayton even went so far as to suggest that we were seeing was merely a mirage. Flacco’s 4-10, 34 yards, 1 INT nightmare vs. the New England Patriots was not really a disaster! It was a sign of greatness because he was a young QB winning playoff games on the road. Clayton’s statements read as if Ray Lewis and Ray Rice had suddenly changed uniforms; as if Flacco’s 4 measly completions actually impressed someone in Foxboro other than his own mother and John Clayton.
Clayton, a former beat writer for the Pittsburgh Steelers, even went so far as to ignore the pitiable performance Flacco offered up in the 2008 AFC Championship game. He served up another fitful apologia after the Colts put Joe to bed without any dinner in 2009. In 2010, it’s been CRICKETS. (more…)