Joe Flacco understands the lofty expectations that come with a Super Bowl ring and a new $120.1 million contract.
He couldn't care less.
The Baltimore Ravens quarterback scoffed at the idea that he is under pressure to excel this season, now that he's the reigning Super Bowl MVP and owns a six-year contract that, at the time, was the richest in NFL history.
''All we can do is go out there and keep winning, just like we have every year we've been here and not really worry about what people say and what the expectations are,'' Flacco said Tuesday. ''Who really cares?''
After throwing 11 touchdown passes without an interception in a sensational playoff run that ended with a 34-31 win over San Francisco, Flacco no longer has to prove he is one of the league's elite players. He's the only quarterback in NFL history to win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons, and now he's got the fame - and a paycheck - worthy of such an accomplishment.
''I can't really complain at this ...