In the few waking moments when we’re not talking about the draft in April, mind paralyzing boredom can creep in and infect the inner channels of the conscious mind.
This is why you’ll notice an abrupt cliff dive in NFL chatter by about the second week of May. That doesn’t happen solely because there’s absolutely nothing to talk about. It happens because NFL writers scatter to sunny locations, where a man who’s fully satisfied with several American dollars delivers drinks with tiny umbrellas.
That lengthy and unnecessary preamble is also why the rest of this post will be short(ish). You see, there are times when NFL players underestimate the football viewing public’s unquenchable thirst for a quote to rotate on a spit for several days. It’s this lust that actually prompted us to care about Donovan McNabb’s opinion of Robert Griffin III last week, and it’s what has allowed Skip Bayless to exist.
We’re flirting with that troll trap here, but the sheer oddness and uber confidence of Joe Flacco still makes his remarks to WNST in Baltimore notable.
First, here’s the goods, which came when Flacco was asked if he’s a top five quarterback. Let it burn slowly.
From Sports Radio Interviews:
“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.”
Confidence is a required weapon for NFL quarterbacks. But so is a dash of humility. Over the past year Eli Manning showed the ability to do both when he said he was elite last August, then went on to prove he is indeed elite, but he did it while still being the same humble, quiet Eli.
There’s nothing about Flacco that says he’s the best, or even close. He’s above average on a good Sunday, even after he was a Billy Cundiff shank away from beating the Patriots in the playoffs. Flacco’s 6.7 yards per pass attempt ranked him 22nd in that category last year, which is in the prestigious company of Josh Freeman, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Tarvaris Jackson. His 57.6 completion percentage slotted him at 25th, behind Rex Grossman and Kevin Kolb, and only marginally ahead of Colt McCoy.
Flacco’s contract was the subject of discussion for much of the interview which gave life to this little nugget of altered reality. He’s due to make $6.76 million in 2012 during the final year of his contract, and early in March it was reported that the Ravens were clearing cap space for a blockbuster extension.
Hopefully the monetary value assigned to that new contract doesn’t pay Flacco like he’s among the league’s elite.