We already know where Flacco’s agent stands when it comes to where Flacco ranks among NFL quarterback. And we already know where Flacco himself stands when it comes to where he ranks among NFL quarterbacks. Now we get to hear from ESPN’s Ron Jaworski on the subject.
Jaworski ranks Flacco as the #9 quarterback in the league ahead of the likes of Tony Romo (No. 10), Matt Ryan (No. 11), Michael Vick (No. 12), Matt Schaub (No. 13), Matthew Stafford (No. 14) and Cam Newton (No. 15).
And why does Jaws see Flacco as a top 10 quarterback? Because he believes that Flacco has the strongest arm in the NFL.
“That’s Flacco’s No. 1 attribute,” Jaworski said. “I get so tired of hearing how arm strength is overrated. It’s far more important than people think. He has the strongest arm in the NFL.”
Jaworski added, “The element always overlooked by those who minimize arm strength is the willingness of quarterbacks like Flacco to pull the trigger. Few recognize that because there is no quantifiable means by which to evaluate throws that are not made by quarterbacks with lesser arm strength. It’s all about dimensions. Flacco gives you the ability to attack all areas of the field at any point in the game.”
“There are very few quarterbacks in the NFL with the pure throwing ability of Joe Flacco,” Jaworski said. “The reason Joe is No. 9 and not higher is his production does not always match his skill set. If he can become more consistent in 2012, he will move up in my quarterback rankings.”
Joe Flacco hovering around #9-#15 sounds about right. You can argue that maybe Romo or Schaub could be ahead of him. But we think Jaws has him in the right ballpark.