There should be no surprise that Joe Flacco has dropped in another ranking this offseason, the result of going from the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player to second-most intercepted passer in the league.
But it was a dramatic fall in ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski's latest rankings, where Flacco plummeted to No. 10. This is six spots lower than last year.
An argument can be made that Flacco should be ranked higher than Matt Ryan (No. 8) and Russell Wilson (No. 9). Ryan had a down season as well last year (17 interceptions) and he can't match the postseason credentials of Flacco. Wilson has a Super Bowl ring like Flacco, but he didn't carry his team like Flacco, throwing for 524 yards and three touchdowns in three playoff games.
It's just difficult to build a persuasive case for Flacco after he threw 22 interceptions last year and finished with a 73.1 passer rating, which was only better than Matt Schaub, Brandon Weeden, Eli Manning, Terrelle Pryor and Geno Smith. Three of those quarterbacks switched teams this offseason.
There are legitimate reasons why Flacco struggled last season. His targets were limited, his offensive line was poor and his running game was nonexistent. Still, Flacco didn't make great decisions.
Perhaps the more interesting question is this: Where do you expect Flacco to be ranked next year? The Ravens' pass protection should be better, and his options are undoubtedly better with the addition of wide receiver Steve Smith and the return of tight end Dennis Pitta.
With the talent around Flacco, it will easier to gauge where in the top 10 he should be ranked.
Here is Ron Jaworski's top 10 quarterbacks:
4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
8. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
9. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
10. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens