Sure, it's a tired debate that doesn't have a right answer. Whether Flacco is among the upper echelon of passers in this league really depends on your definition.
Flacco said he doesn't know whether he has filled the requisites for being an elite quarterback.
"There’s always some kind of question out there that tends to be the trendy one that everybody is asking this year or that year," Flacco said. "I think some of it has to do with how many years you’ve been in the league. Are you a young guy that’s almost there? There are a lot of different scenarios that allow people to ask that question or tell people not to ask that question."
Flacco added, "A lot of people the last few years were talking. … That’s just the word they used: ‘Elite, elite, elite.’ Who knows where it came from, but that’s just what it was. So, I think a lot of that has kind of quieted down a little bit, and we’ve gone out and won, and we’ve won consistently."
If you didn't put Flacco's name to this résumé, would you consider this body of work to be elite?
Most wins (75), including playoffs, by an NFL starting quarterback since 2008
Most wins (62) by a quarterback in the first six seasons of a career
Only quarterback in NFL history to win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player after posting second-highest passer rating in Super Bowl (124.2)
Second quarterback in NFL postseason history to throw 11 touchdowns and no interceptions (Joe Montana was the other)
Most starts by a quarterback (115) to begin a career in NFL history
One of two quarterbacks to pass for at least 3,600 yards and 20 touchdowns while throwing 12 interceptions or fewer from 2009 to 2012 (Aaron Rodgers was the other)
Last Sunday, Flacco added another impressive mark by becoming the fastest player in NFL history to pass for five touchdowns. He did so in 16 minutes, 3 seconds.
Many in the organization think Flacco doesn't get the respect he deserves. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said this week that it was good for "the football world to see what Joe [is] capable of in that way. He’s that kind of a player."
But is Flacco elite? You can certainly make that argument.