"Sure he's elite, of course he is… he's the best quarterback I've ever been around." – Ravens coach John Harbaugh

"… of course Harbaugh said that he thinks his quarterback is elite. What else would he say? Flacco played very well, but he has to do this consistently to be in the same league as Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and the Manning brothers." – Baltimore Sun


"More games like the Ravens’ 44-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium Monday night and Flacco will be considered what he contends he is: an elite quarterback." – AJ Perez, Fox Sports

"That's what the good ones do, that's what the elite ones do, he's becoming that type of player." – Eric Davis, NFL AM.


"Flacco, for his part, was terrific. On another night, at least one of his misfires would have resulted in an interception, but just about everything else he threw was through a pinhole. He wasn’t just good; he looked ready to jump into that “Elite Quarterback” discussion." – Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated

"Joe Flacco is not an elite quarterback… Not everybody gets the "elite" status. It is reserved for consistently great players who throw for a lot of yards, have high completion percentages, avoid turnovers and win games. You know them when you see them." – Ashley Fox, ESPN

"Joe Flacco is an elite quarterback… To be an elite quarterback, you need to generate fourth-quarter drives. Flacco has that ability. His poor five-game stretch dropped his completion percentage below his usual 60-plus percent range. It will be interesting to see what offensive coordinator Cam Cameron does now." – John Clayton, ESPN

"Coach Harbaugh, who spoke after the game as Flacco watched and waited his turn at the podium, said Flacco can be "scary good." Ok, but is he elite?" – USA Today

"Joe Flacco dominates in easy victory vs. Bengals, shows why he could be elite" – CBS Sports headline

"Is Flacco elite?  I wouldn't call him elite yet.  The elite quarterbacks in my mind have got to have that Super Bowl ring… He's as close to elite as he can be." – Tedy Bruschi, NFL32 

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