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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had a career year in 2010.
But is he one of the great signal-callers in the NFL?
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It’s a debate that has raged this offseason, especially after Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti said he imagines giving Flacco a contract extension before the 2012 season.
Baltimore General Manager Ozzie Newsome weighed in on the topic during an interview with BaltimoreRavens.com this week.
“You’re only thought about as a great quarterback when you win Super Bowls,” Newsome said. “And I think Joe understands that. So if Joe gets the opportunity to get back into the playoffs, gets to the AFC championship game, wins a Super Bowl, then you can start talking about him as one of the greats to play the game.”
Flacco has a 4-3 postseason record with consecutive losses in the divisional round and two defeats against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
However, he is just the third starting quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to reach the playoffs in his first three seasons. Flacco also became just the sixth player in NFL history to throw for 10,000 yards in his first three years.
“It would be an understatement to say we’re very pleased with Joe Flacco,” Newsome said. “We’re very, very pleased. The situation that he had, he came in and had to be our starter in his first year because of what happened to Troy [Smith] and Kyle [Boller], and he’s gotten better each year.
“I’ve had the opportunity to personally talk to Joe, but Joe and I both know that he wants to be better in 2011 and we’re going to do things to help him and he’s going to do things to help himself.”