On the way to making a point on Twitter last night I somehow ended up in a foxhole with Joe Flacco, defending him against an onslaught of comments which basically said that he sucks. That was sort of an odd place for me to be, given that I hadnít spent a lot of time thinking about Flacco at all before then. The point I set out to make was basically that NFL teams drafting quarterbacks should look at their rosters and determine whether they would be able to win with a Flacco level quarterback, and if they donít think that they would be good enough to win with him, then they have bigger problems than just QB. I think Flacco is basically a median level QB that you could expect to get in a draft. Maybe half of the QBs you draft would be worse than Flacco, and half of them would be better than Flacco.
Related to Flacco I also said that I think that if you gave him the receivers that Matt Stafford or Matt Ryan have, there wouldnít be any difference between Flacco and those other quarterbacks (who largely enjoy the perception of being good quarterbacks, while many perceive Flacco as a bad quarterback). To further this case, let me start out by comparing the three quarterbacks in terms of the quality of their receivers. The easiest way to do this is to just compare the salaries, or salary cap hits, of each QBís top receivers. Salary gives us some sense as to the relative demand that each player would have in the NFL market. It wonít be a perfect measure, but it will be a good place to start.