The Caw: Age Question Already Starting For Joe Flacco

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Last week, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. said questions about his age started when questions about his short stature ended.

Six-foot-six Joe Flacco doesn't get height questions, but he did get (as far as I can recall) the first question about his age creeping up on him.

It came during the first week of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), when Flacco was asked whether his offseason recovery or preparation has changed over his eight years.

"I don't feel any worse because of my age yet," Flacco said. "I'm not going to be 50 [years old] and playing. I hope I'm 40, but 50, no."

Are we really to the point when Flacco is starting to seem old? Is this the beginning of a yearly tradition of asking Flacco whether his body is starting to give up on him?

This is will be Flacco's eighth season. Is it just me or does it seem like he was just a rookie yesterday?

Still, these days, 30 years old is nothing for a quarterback. Flacco may still be entering his prime.

Last year's yardage leaders, New Orleans' Drew Brees and Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger, are 36 and 33, respectively. Denver's Peyton Manning is 39, New England's Tom Brady is 37, Dallas' Tony Romo is 35, the New York Giants' Eli Manning is 34, San Diego's Philip Rivers is 33 and Chicago's Jay Cutler is 32.

As Flacco walked off the podium, I pointed out that this was his first age question. He laughed and said, "Hey man, I'm 30 now."

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