Found July 30, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
At some point in the not too distant future, probably before the beginning of the 2012 regular season, the Baltimore Ravens will reward Joe Flacco with a contract extension that makes him one of the league's highest paid quarterbacks. Then this debate, already fairly vocal among Ravens' fans, will really heat up: Is Flacco, who last season came within a dropped Lee Evans pass of taking the club to Super Bowl XLVI, really an "elite" quarterback? It has been a hot button issue in Baltimore the last several years, a favorite topic of sports-talk radio regulars. And the discussion is hardly limited to just Baltimore or Flacco, either. Subtract Flacco's name and fill in the blank with, say, Philip Rivers, or Matt Ryan, or Mark Sanchez. Or certainly Tony Romo, a lightning rod in Dallas over the offseason. It's not good enough anymore to throw for 4,000 yards -- the new norm in the league -- lead a franchise to the playoffs, or be considered among the best ...

Report: Ravens, Flacco’s agent increasing contract discussions

Getty Images According to Adam Caplan of, the Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco’s agent Joe Linta met on Sunday to continue negotiating towards getting Flacco a contract extension. “The Ravens and the agent for QB Joe Flacco, Joe Linta, met Sunday to discuss a new contract for the fifth-year player. The meeting was held at the Ravens training complex...

Jones: Romo gives us Super Bowl chance

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is under contract through the 2013 season. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is known for preventing his star players from reaching free agency. Does that mean Romo will be getting a contract extension in the near future? Jones wouldn't go quite that far Sunday night, but he did describe how the 32-year-old still remains part...

Ryan not concerned about perception around NFL

Matt Ryan likes to undersell his athleticism in a self-deprecating manner. The Atlanta Falcons' fifth-year quarterback doesn't talk much about it publicly, but Ryan is usually among the first to poke fun at his speed and arm strength. ''Matt is a very humble guy, and Matt is a better athlete than you think,'' Falcons coach Mike Smith said on Monday. '...

Matt Ryan not worried about outside opinions

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Grizzled, long-time NFL coaching veterans shepherded Matt Ryan's entry into the NFL. In quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave, he had someone who played the position in the league behind greats such as Joe Montana and Steve Young and then coached it. When Musgrave left after Ryan's first three seasons to become offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings...

Romo in 10th Cowboys camp, doesn't seem that long

(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Tony Romo is in his 10th training camp with the Dallas Cowboys. There is good reason why it doesn't really seem like it's been that long for the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback. Romo, who was an undrafted rookie free agent from Eastern Illinois in 2003, didn't become the starter until the middle of...

Atlanta Falcons: Dirk Koetter Says Matt Ryan is a Top 10 Quarterback

Matt Ryan has accomplished a lot in his career. He won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2008, was a Pro Bowl selection in 2010 and has led the Falcons to the playoffs three times in the last four years. So that should make him one of the top 100 players in the NFL, right? Well, not necessarily, because when the league came out with their top 100 list, 13 quarterbacks made...

Jerry calls out Giants on first day of camp

OXNARD, Calif. The Dallas Cowboys opened their training camp with a series of outrageous pronouncements from owner Jerry Jones, who spent time referencing closing windows and little known oil drilling terms. But those statements may have been topped by something Jones said on Monday, as the team actually began workouts, when he punctuated a circus-like ceremony proceeding the club...

Does 'Elite' Label Ring True?

Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco and Tony Romo are among the so-called second tier of NFL quarterbacks soon to be in line for new NFL contracts. Their stats will help define the parameters of those big-money deals, but can they be defined as elite until they’ve produced under playoff pressure, asks Len Pasquarelli.

Romo, Flacco Not in Brady or Brees' Class

Some QBs just aren't worthy of the "elite" title yet. Or are they? According to a few players around the league, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco and Tony Romo belong in the rarefied air that Tom Brady, Drew Brees and co breath.

2012 NFL Quarterback Power Rankings: The Top 10

The time has come. We've finally arrived at the Top 10. A couple of the names on here were hard to rank but as a whole, the Top 10 wasn't that difficult. We'll start with a quarterback that everyone loves to talk about.  10. Tony Romo The most polarizing QB outside of Tim Tebow. Let's all be real here, Romo HAS to win this season. Dallas is loaded on offense...

Playoff success, not stats, defines elite

Jay Cutler, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco and Tony Romo are among the so-called second tier of NFL quarterbacks soon to be in line for new NFL contracts. Their stats will help define the parameters of those big-money deals, but can they be defined as elite until they’ve produced under playoff pressure.
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