Owings Mills ~ The Ravens aren’t concerned about Flacco boldly proclaiming that he’s one of the top five quarterbacks in the NFL even though most in the league would dispute his assessment.
"Without a doubt," Flacco told a Baltimore radio station. “What do you expect me to say? I would assume everybody thinks they’re a top five quarterback. I think I’m the best. I don’t think I’m 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. That doesn’t mean that things are going to work out that way. It just means that’s the way it is, that’s the way I feel that it is and that’s the way I feel it should be.”
Although Flacco was hardly expected to underrate himself, his comments have drawn criticism around the NFL considering the superior statistics and accomplishments of other quarterbacks.
"I don’t think any player, any coach, any team does not think that they aren’t the best at what they do," Newsome said. "And, for Joe to say that, I think it’s a common thing. The aspect of it that I think we also look at is that if you make a statement like that, you also have to prepare yourself to be the best. And I’m sure that Joe is also doing that.”