What do Trent Dilfer and Joe Flacco have in common?
For starters, neither went to a traditional powerhouse college to play football. They were both selected in the first round of the draft. But when it is all said and done, they both led the Baltimore Ravens to Super Bowl championships.
Dilfer played college ball at Fresno St. and led the Ravens to the championship in Super Bowl XXV after Baltimore beat the New York Giants 34-7 in 2000. Flacco played his college ball at Delaware and guided the Ravens to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
Dilfer was drafted in the first round with the sixth overall pick by Tampa Bay and would go on to play for five teams over his 14-year career. Dilfer retired following the 2007 season. Unlike Dilfer, whom the Ravens signed as a free agent, Flacco was drafted by Baltimore. The Ravens took Flacco with the 18th overall selection of the 2008 draft.
In his career, Dilfer passed for 20,518 yards while throwing 113 touchdowns and 129 picks. Flacco on the other hand has already totaled 17,633 yards passing and 102 touchdowns with just 56 interceptions.
During their Super Bowl seasons, Dilfer had 1,502 yards and 12 TDs to go with 11 interceptions in 11 games (only eight of which he started) while Flacco had 3,817 yards and 22 TDs with 10 picks.
The difference between the Ravens’ two Super Bowl championship teams was the offense. As the quarterback, Dilfer was in charge of the offense, but he was more of a figure head. Instead, it was the Ravens’ defense that won games for Baltimore. Fast forward 13 years and the Ravens are still a team with a menacing defense. But, now Baltimore has a legitimate quarterback to guide and run the offense.
There will be changes coming to the Ravens following their victory in Super Bowl XLVII. For the first time in franchise history, Ray Lewis will not be on the field to lead the defense when the 2013 season kicks off.
But, with a true starting quarterback who can guide and lead the team, the Ravens will no longer have to worry about having the best defense if they are going to have a chance at winning.