A huge leap ahead for Joe Flacco?

Joe Flacco needs to be more consistent in the regular season this year. Rob Carr/Getty Images

This season will be a stiff test for the Baltimore Ravens' defense. Terrell Suggs is injured. Jarret Johnson is gone. And Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are a year older. There is a chance this won't be the Baltimore defense we've gotten used to seeing impose its will on offenses, and it likely means it won't be able to be relied on quite so much going forward.

Someone needs to step up, and Ravens fans have a right to think (after their team spent the 19th pick of the 2008 draft on him) that man is Joe Flacco.

He obviously agrees, stating earlier this year he felt he was the best quarterback in the NFL. Now all that's left to do is to back that statement up.

Flacco isn't the first player to come out with a seemingly outlandish statement. He's not even the first quarterback to express so much faith in himself that it makes you question his sanity. Last year that player was none other than Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, and the Ravens faithful are hoping that isn't where the similarities end.

History repeating itself?