The Ravens quarterback said one of the funniest things I ever heard on WNST in Baltimore yesterday. While being interviewed he was asked about his play and dropped the following:
“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.”
When I heard the audio clip I thought he was joking. I mean he sports a stupid handlebar dickduster so he must think he’s funny. Sadly he’s being serious. Joe obviously thinks a lot of himself, but I think it’s time I knock him down a few pegs. Let’s break this down.
“I assume everybody thinks they’re a top-five quarterback”.
That’s one hell of an assumption. I don’t think guys like John Skelton, Curtis Painter, or Blaine Gabbert think they’re in the top 5. I’m sure they have confidence in their game (judging by their play, maybe not), but they’re realistic. No one thinks Flacco’s a top 5 quarterback, except maybe a couple of delusional guys drunk at a corner bar in Baltimore. He’s a poor man’s Matt Ryan, and Ryan’s not a Top 5 quarterback. Hell, Ryan’s probably not even a Top 10 quarterback. Remember Joe when you assume you make an ass out of you and me (or you and you in this case).
“I mean, I think I’m the best. I don’t think I’m top five, I think I’m the best.”
The best on the Ravens? I’d agree with that, but the best in the league? Come on… The only one who thinks that is Joe himself (I’m sure his family tells him that too but they’re only blowing smoke up his ass). I refuse to compare Flacco to Rogers, Brady, Brees, or the brothers Manning. Any chucklehead with a fourth grade education knows that Joe can’t hold their jockstraps. I’d rather compare him to lower tier quarterbacks.
Flacco finished 18th in QB rating with an 80.9 rating (pretty impressive for the self-proclaimed best quarterback in the league). Matt Moore, Kevin Kolb, and Matt Hasselback had higher ratings. His numbers were more comparable to Tavaris Jackson and Andy Dalton (who are just happy to have a starting job). When Matt Moore, a scrub who doesn’t have the luxury of Anquan Boldin or Torrey Smith, is putting up better numbers than you, keep your mouth shut and try improving your game.
Oh and Joe… If you’re the best (as you boasted), that would make you #1, which is in the top 5.
“I don’t think I’d be very successful at my job if I didn’t feel that way.”
How exactly has Flacco been “successful”? Okay, he’s been the quarterback for the past four Ravens playoff berths, but he’s not exactly carrying the team on his shoulders. It’s because of Ray Rice (who IS a top 5 running back), and a TOP 5 defense in the NFL. Flacco is 5-4 in his playoff career with 8TD’s/8INT’s, and a stellar QB rating of 70.4. Those are numbers that gives Joe Montana an erection. If Joe honestly thinks that he’s already achieved success as an NFL quarterback I feel bad for Ravens fans because your quarterback has low goals and expectations.
“I mean, c’mon? That’s not really too tough of a question.”
I agree with Joe here. It’s not a tough question at all. Pretty cut and dry actually. It would be the equivalent of an Islander fan asking the Isles will make the playoffs on a seasonal basis. The answer is no.
Cry Meter: Flacco might have a sketchy moustache and judging by his comments he’s clearly out of touch with reality so I’ll have to factor in the crazy. Even so, I like my chances. I’d approach him and tell him I think he’s the greatest then I’d punch him square in the nose. He’ll definitely drop but the tears won’t fall right away. Once I tell him he’s not even a top 15 quarterback he’ll start to cry and try to tell me how wrong I am as I walk away. 10 out of 10 tears.
What do you think? I want to hear from Ravens fans, Baltimoreans, and football fan in general. Wait, I want to hear from Joe himself. Come on Joe, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and enlighten me on how you’re the best quarterback in the NFL. If not I’ll just ask you on Twitter. You can follow me @TheSportsRiot.
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