Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens quarterback, said in a recent interview with WNST 1570 Baltimore that he considers himself to be the best quarterback.
“I assume everybody thinks they’re a top-five quarterback,” said Joe Flacco. “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.”
This statement was met with much ridicule and criticism by the media.
“The same guy who threw away the AFC Divisional Title game in Pittsburgh two seasons ago, and couldn’t find a way to beat one of the worst defenses this past year in the AFC Title game in New England is proclaiming himself as the leagues best QB,” wrote Matt Loede on a Steelers blog.
Others, however have stuck up for Joe Flacco. “How was Flacco supposed to respond when asked that question?” wrote Jamison Hensley, who covers the AFC North. “I guess he could have given a more toned-down answer – that he doesn't compare himself to other quarterbacks, for example, or doesn't place labels on himself. If he'd said that he was the 15th-best quarterback in the NFL, people would be ripping him for having no faith in himself.”
Seems like a lose-lose situation for Joe. All in all, Flacco does have some impressive stats on his side. He does have 44 regular-season wins – the most by any quarterback in his first four NFL seasons. He also brought the Ravens to the AFC Championship Game last year and threw for 3,610 yards and 20 touchdowns during the 2011 season.