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Mason: Flacco is Ravens Michael Jordan

Posted on: June 22, 2011 12:34 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 1:17 pm
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Posted by Will Brinson

For a guy who holds the Ravens' record for passing yards and passing touchdowns and has taken his team to the playoffs in each of his first three years in the league, Joe Flacco doesn't seem to get a whole lot of love.

Example: LaMarr Woodley of the Steelers recently said as long as Flacco was quarterbacking the Ravens, Baltimore wasn't going to make it to the Super Bowl. Flacco, for his part, didn't agree with Woodley's take, saying the Pittsburgh linebacker "doesn't know what he's talking about."

Wide receiver Derrick Mason, swinging by ESPN's First Take on Wednesday morning, also disagreed. In fact, he went so far as to claim Flacco is the Ravens' version of Michael Jordan.

"[The Steelers have] had our number for the last couple years," Mason said via Michael David Smith at PFT "I equate it to the Chicago Bulls, they couldn’t beat the Pistons, and then they finally beat the Pistons."

The only natural follow-up, of course, involves whether the Ravens have that little piece of the puzzle that was Michael Jordan for the Bulls.

"Flacco is our Jordan," Mason said. "He’s our Michael Jordan."

Now, I like Joe Flacco. And I think he gets way too much, um, flak for his performance, from opponents and Ravens' fans alike. But this is an analogy that should be shrugged off faster than Byron Russell.

First of all, football doesn't swing in momentum the way that basketball does, primarily because there aren't best-of-seven series, and because it's impossibly more difficult for a single player to exert an influence on the entirety of the game.

Also, Flacco is not the Baltimore version of MJ, in case he's actually going to turn out to be the greatest player in NFL history, and we just haven't realized it yet.

So it's unfair of Mason to even think about putting that kind of pressure on his quarterback, much less lobbing such a statement out there on national television. Unless, that is, as Steelers Lounge 's Adam Gretz puts it, Mason's referring to the MJ the baseball player.

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Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2011 4:21 pm
 

Mason: Flacco is Ravens Michael Jordan

This guy still has yet to show up in a playoff game.  No, that first half against the Steelers doesn't count when they wind up losing the game and Flacco pulls his usual disappearing act.  But I guess a half is at least progress for this guy.

Maybe he will develop into a big time QB, but usually for athletes you either have that big game ability or you never get it.  Woodley is probably right. 



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Mason: Flacco is Ravens Michael Jordan

guys settle down. mason didn't say flacco was the nfl's mj he said he was the raven's mj. meaning for the ravens now he is a major factor to their present and future sucess much like jordon for the bulls. i don't think you can argue his impact on the team the last few years. he's not the only guy working out there, sure, but he's a huge part because of the position he plays. i like this comment because it shows support for a fellow teamate period.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 12:10 am
 

Mason: Flacco is Ravens Michael Jordan

This is what we get...Please end the lockout now!!!!



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Mason: Flacco is Ravens Michael Jordan

yea dont think so...aaron rodgers is 100x better than joe flacco. give me a break mason.



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Mason: Flacco is Ravens Michael Jordan

Flacco: The VERY best at his position, bar none.  Uhh.... WHAT???  End the lockout allready so we can have some stories that actually make sense.



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Mason: Flacco is Ravens Michael Jordan

Flacco: The VERY best at his position, bar none.  Uhh.... WHAT???  End the lockout allready so we can have some stories that actually make sense.


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