Joe Flacco (pictured at right with some guy named Tom Brady) thinks he’s the best quarterback in the NFL. (MIKE SEGAR / Reuters)

Joe Flacco is taking a lot of flak for a comment he made earlier this week about his quarterbacking abilities.

Now, Flacco is in the midst of negotiating a long-term deal with the Baltimore Ravens so it makes sense to accentuate the positive and, besides, a football field is no place for self-doubt. Still, a lot of people thought Flacco was tip-toeing into the realm of the delusional in his interview with Baltimore’s WNST..

“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,” he said. “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.”

Flacco did lead the Ravens to the AFC Championship game in January, but has also, as Yahoo’s Doug Farrar points out, failed to throw a touchdown pass in 11 regular-season and two postseason games in his four-year career.

“I dunno, because people do put winning into the consideration a lot of times,” he said. “It just happens to not be with us. But, hey, I wanna throw for 40 touchdowns a year and I wanna throw for 6,000 yards a year. I really do. And I wanna be given the ability to do that. … You know what kind of team we need to be is we need to be a Super Bowl champion team. And in order to get there, we need to do the things that are gonna really get us there.

“And, hey, we might lose one or two games because we're being really super-aggressive, but you know what? That's what's gonna get us to the Super Bowl. And that's what's gonna win it for us. And I love winning, and I'm gonna continue to win no matter what my numbers are. I don't care if I throw for 2,000 yards a year. I wanna throw for 5 or 6,000 yards a year, because I think that's what's best for our team.”

Flacco is pretty philosophical about the whole process of working out a deal with the Ravens. “It either gets done or it doesn't. I'm not really too involved in the process besides letting [his agent] know how I feel and letting him take care of that, and letting the Baltimore Ravens take care of their side,” Flacco said. “And that's really my involvement. It's not about the money, it's about what you as a player feel that you deserve. And at the end of the day, they'll take care of it and I'll be waiting."

H/T: Sports Radio Interviews