Since dropping the AFC title to the New England Patriots last January, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been quiet…until now.
“Without a doubt. What do you expect me to say? … I assume everybody thinks they’re a top-five quarterback. I mean, I think I’m the best. I don’t think I’m top five, I think I’m the best. I don’t think I’d be very successful at my job if I didn’t feel that way. I mean, c’mon? That’s not really too tough of a question. But that doesn’t mean that things are gonna work out that way. It just means that that’s the way it is, that’s the way I feel it is, and that’s the way I feel it should be.”
Much like Eli Manning’s comments from last season, (stating that he was an elite quarterback), this has the “chicken soup for the quarterback’s soul” tone to it.
However, it’s interesting to see these comments coming from Flacco because…
- He has never won or played in a Super Bowl.
- He wants more money.
The second point is the bigger immediate concern for the Ravens.
Joe Linta, Flacco’s agent, stated after season’s end that Flacco deserves to be paid amongst the upper echelon NFL quarterbacks based off his track record, which includes winning 68% of his regular season starts (44-2o record), four playoff wins, and a pair of appearances in the AFC title game for the Audubon, New Jersey native.
He will not get Brady/Manning money but think Mark Sanchez’s recent extension, which rounds out to a five-year, $58.5 million deal.
Back to Flacco’s original claim of being the best, clearly it’s an empty calorie remark.
He’s no Brady…or Peyton…or A-Rod…or Brees…or Eli…or Ben…or Phil Rivers…or Romo…or (soon) Cam Newton.
The identity of Baltimore remains Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and the rest of the Raven defense.
When one speaks of Baltimore’s offense, it moves quickly to talk of establishing running back Ray Rice.
Flacco needs to stop telling people how great he is and start producing, at the very least, Super Bowl appearances.