Take note Tony Romo and Mark Sanchez, if you want to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league just tell everyone you’re elite in training camp. It worked for Eli Manning and it just helped Joe Flacco lead the Baltimore Ravens to a championship in Super Bowl XLVII.
It was Flacco’s postseason play that led the Ravens to a win in New Orleans. He joined Joe Montana as the quarterback with the most postseason touchdowns (11) without an interception. He’s the only QB in the Super Bowl era to play in four playoff games in one year without throwing a pick.
In his five seasons in the NFL, Flacco has already matched Peyton Manning’s postseason wins total (9) and Super Bowl titles (1). Manning just finished his 15th season in the league with a loss to Flacco’s Ravens 38-35 in the AFC divisional playoff round.
The quarterback who transfered from Pitt to Delaware is now a Super Bowl MVP and, without a doubt, one of the league’s best postseason players. He’ll be rewarded handsomely for his efforts — and I don’t just mean with a parade today in the Walt Disney World.
I hope the Ravens will be able to pay Flacco and still keep guys like Paul Kruger or Dannell Ellerbe, but they’ve proven in the past that they can let role players go elsewhere and plug their holes internally. For now, I’ll worry about free agents when the time comes. I can’t get this Super Bowl champion grin off my face and I don’t plan on trying to change that.