Here's the money quote in full: "I think I'm the best. I don't think I'm in the top five, I think I'm the best. I wouldn't be very successful at my job if I didn't feel that way."
The truth is, he wouldn't.
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But that hasn't stopped seemingly every national media outlet from ripping him for being arrogant, delusional, self-inflated or some unholy combination of all three.
It was the usual media over-reaction to an innocent statement.
Flacco can't win. If he says he's the best, the pundits kill him for being arrogant. If he doesn't say he's the best, the fans kill him for having no . . . um, confidence. (Another word comes to mind, which can't be used in a family newspaper blog.)
But maybe former Ravens offensive lineman Wally Williams put it best this morning on 105.7 The Fan's "The Norris and Davis Show."
Basically, what Williams said is that every player in the NFL has to play with the mindset that he's the best at his position.
Williams said he spent his NFL career thinking he was the best guard/center in the league. Flacco thinking he's the best quarterback, Williams said, is simply how a player has to think to withstand the pressure and punishment of life in the NFL.
Plus, Williams said, there's no question Flacco is the best quarterback in Ravens history anyway.
Think that'll make the critics lighten up on Flacco?
Nah, me either.