We just can’t get that damn word out of our vocabulary, can we?

Before their six minute Faith Hill music theme, NBC spent what seemed like a solid four hours on the word “elite” with the person “Joe Flacco”.

Rodney Harrison was all offended that Flacco spoke highly of himself. I suppose he would prefer Flacco to say “Eh, I’m not that great of a QB,” when asked about his skills. Of course, he also unbiasedly predicted a Patriots win on Sunday night.

Here’s the backstory in case you forgot or block out stupid meaningless offseason comments that everyone makes a big deal about.

I assume everybody thinks they’re a top-five quarterback,” he told WNST back in April.  ”I mean, I think I’m the best. I don’t think I’m top five, I think I’m the best.”

Sunday night, after Flacco out-performed Patriots quarterback/pretty boy Tom Brady, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh added fuel to the elite fire.

 “It was fantastic, it was elite,” Harbaugh said of Flacco’s performance. “I see that one coming. To me, Joe is a great quarterback.”