Flacco Not Comparing Himself to Anyone

Flacco's Comments Get Blown Out of Proportion...again.

Joe Flacco generated a media frenzy earlier this month when he said during a radio interview that he believes he is the game’s best quarterback.

Experts, analysts and bloggers were quick to jump all over Flacco claiming that he was delusional, incredibly cocky or both.

Of course for those of us that have covered Flacco over these past four years knew the truth. This story was just another typical media creation that unfortunately permeates the sports landscape today. Print the headline, without context and hope for reaction among fans who only seem to want surface knowledge on a subject.

Flacco can be many things when he stands in front of a microphone. He is usually bland and unassuming but over the past few years he’s shown a dry sense of humor and great confidence when called out by the media. He’s also almost always been honest and usually answers questions with a direct answer.

When Flacco reported for voluntary workouts this past week he clarified his comments that had caused such a stir over the last month.

“I’m not comparing myself to anybody,” Flacco said. “I just have belief in my abilities and that’s really what it comes down to.”

Flacco stood by his remarks, which came after he was asked whether he is one of the NFL’s top-five quarterbacks. The response, he said, was nothing more than an honest answer to the question.

“You’re asked if you believe you’re the best quarterback, and yeah I have belief in my abilities. I think I’m the best. If I were to ask anybody else about that, about what they do, I hope they would say they’re the best.”

I believe what he says. It was a simple answer when asked about his abilities. Certainly the response gets a bit more complicated since he and the Ravens are in the midst of long-term contract negotiations. Flacco’s agent has stated that he feels that his client should be paid as one of the game’s elite at the position. So while I feel he was being truthful there is also a level of spin to position himself for a generous long-term contract going on too.

For whatever reason Flacco is still searching for acceptance, not only nationally but among some of his own fanbase. His detractors who point to his less than stellar numbers seem to forget that Cam Cameron’s system does not call for the pass attempts on par with those in New England, New Orleans, or Green Bay. The make-up of the Ravens roster effects Flacco’s production too. Ray Rice, another player searching for long-term security, also greatly effects the offense being centered around the Quarterback.

Still, Flacco remains committed to winning, and improving his skills in hopes that Baltimore can reach that elusive goal of another NFL championship.

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One Response to “Flacco Not Comparing Himself to Anyone”

  1. Judy Bowen says:

    I agree that his remarks are often being taken out of context. That happens to all public figures. But that is exactly why he has to be careful about what he says on the air or when being interviewed. Maybe he doesn’t care that puts himself in jeopardy of being mocked when he says these things, but his fan base does.

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