Chip Kelly says Joe Flacco is, yes, “elite”

The question that has plagued pro football for the past several years has finally been answered. By a head coach other than the one who coaches him.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly, after a pair of joint practices with the Ravens, has applied a label to quarterback Joe Flacco. Not any label. The label.

“I think he’s one of the elite quarterbacks in this league,” Kelly told reporters on Thursday. “He’s got a big‑time arm. He’s obviously a big — when you kind of roll up on Joe, he’s a big human being. He’s tough to break down and tough to bring down. He’s also just so poised when he plays back there. You talk about when guys really get it, the game is slowed down for them. He’s such a good decision maker. He’s an unbelievable clutch player. You look at him in all the situations that he’s been in, he always just seems to have poise, and nothing seems to rattle him. I had the opportunity when I was at New Hampshire, we played against him when he was at Delaware, so I knew how good Joe was going to be a long time ago.”

The unknown comic known as PFT Commenter has consistently asked “Is Joe Flacco a elite quarterback?” in recent years, most recently holding a sign with that question outside the Republican presidential debate in Cleveland. It arguably has ruined the entire “elite” label in all contexts, prompting knowing smirks whenever the word is used.

39 responses to “Chip Kelly says Joe Flacco is, yes, “elite”

  1. If Bill Belichick had said that there would be a thousand posts screaming about filing tampering charges and calling him a cheater.

  2. Chip Kelly is losing more and more credibility! Old launch it up as high and as far as you can and pray your receiver comes down with it jumpball Joey is 1 of the biggest frauds in modern day sports! He put together 1 ridiculously lucky runs to win that super bowl. He knows it too…He’s a hack!

  3. Depends how you define elite. Is he top 3 or 5? Probably not. Is he a legitimate franchise qb? He certainly is. And how many of those are in the league? He also is uncannily clutch in certain situations.

  4. bbfe says:

    If Bill Belichick had said that there would be a thousand posts screaming about filing tampering charges and calling him a cheater.
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    Kleenex must be setting sales records in the Boston area.

  5. Averages 60.5% completion rate in regular season

    Has never had a 4,000 yard season despite very good targets like Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith, and Torrey Smith

    Piggybacks on running game and great defenses to the playoffs

    Is mediocre when possessing neither (59% completion rate 19 TD’s and 22 INT’s in 2013)

    56.6% completion rate in playoffs

    Averages 215 yards per game in the playoffs

    ^Yeah that’s somebody who’s elite lol

  6. When you compare his body of work to some of the other QB’s with monster contracts (Romo, Ryan, Newton, Cutler, etc.), I would say he’s very close to elite.

  7. j0esixpack says:
    Aug 20, 2015 6:45 PM

    At $31 million a year, he’d better be

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    Where are you getting your figures? Next year he goes to $28.55 million, but that’s going to be restructured in the upcoming offseason.

  8. Flacco had 4 good games in the playoffs made up of mostly blown coverages and wide open players down the field. He’s not elite.
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    This is a ridiculous comment. He has 24 TDs and 4 ints in his last 10 playoff games. Most people just don’t take the time to actually look at the stats. He holds the record for consecutive playoff games with at least 2 TDs with 8.

  9. Name me one quarterback that’s better in the postseason than January Joe.

    No, not the guy in New England who had to use illegal hand signals and had a great defense to beat Flacco who was up 14 points on him multiple times.

  10. Flacco has been the best playoff quarterback since 2010. It’s not even debatable when you look at the stats. 24 TDs, 4 ints, 104 QB rating, and the best winning % over that span. Brady had 25 TDs, 11 ints, 94 QB rating. Rodgers had 19 TDs, 6 ints, 98 QB rating. No one ever talks about this.

  11. Name me one quarterback that’s better in the postseason than January Joe.
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    Pity, Super Bowls are played in February.

  12. Guys, that’s just chip kelly, he tells you exactly what he’s thinking, even if its an entire paragraph.

  13. Pity, Super Bowls are played in February.
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    You say that like he didn’t win Super Bowl MVP.

  14. Well, there’s no debating the elite-ness of his unibrow. When he lets that puppy grow out, it’s the best in the league and no one comes close.

  15. vancouversportsbro says:
    Aug 20, 2015 7:22 PM

    Name me one quarterback that’s better in the postseason than January Joe.

    No, not the guy in New England who had to use illegal hand signals and had a great defense to beat Flacco who was up 14 points on him multiple times.

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    You must have really been butt hurt when the Bruins stomped your overrated hockey team to take every chance you get to insult the World Champs.

  16. Chip Kelly has a unique insight into the Steelers’ worst fears: Joe Flacco and Tim Tebow. Both of them rubbed the Steelers’ faces in the dirt and it didn’t feel good. LOL.

  17. Considering what they’ve had since they moved from Cleveland he IS “elite”. IN BALTIMORE… LOL

    Then again, we ARE in an era where everyone receives a trophy just for participating.

  18. The guy is in the playoffs every year, tough, never missed a game, clutch, won a Super Bowl, no ego and a leader. And the neophytes on this board have a problem with Kelly giving him his due? Worry about your own teams.

  19. Joe is more consistent than Eli…
    But has potential to be more than what he is…
    But he doesn’t turn it over as much as Cutler thou.

    He’s a decent (but boring) QB.

  20. Kelly should throw in the tape of last year’s game against the Texans. He’ll change his mind.

  21. i can think of at least two times a year he’s looked elite for the past 3 or 4 seasons….against an old and slow defense, but he still looked elite.

    elite or not, guess it depends on what the word means to the user. i have elite criteria:

    1. can he be counted on in pressure situations to perform at a high level?
    2. has he proven that he can win games when they matter most?
    3. is he “all weather”? has he shown he can overcome weather conditions and still perform at a high level?
    4. does he perform well against good teams? (cant win a SB if the answer is no.)
    5. does he provide you a better chance of winning than over 85% of his peers? (if you can name 5 better, answer is no)

  22. Joe’s won more reg. season & playoff games than every other QB, since his rookie year in ’08. He’s started every game. If that’s not elite, then what is?

  23. It depends on how one defines “elite”

    There are probably 9 better Quarterbacks than him today…so I would rank him tied for 10th along with 5 others..

  24. Personally, any QB who has won a Super Bowl should be considered Elite. That being said, even Tim Tebow had a higher QB rating in the Ravens vs. Eagles pre-season game last night than Flacco. Just sayin’…

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