Haloti Ngata ranked higher than any other member of the Baltimore Ravens on NFL Network's "The Top 100: Players of 2012" when his peers voted him No. 9 player.
The defensive tackle insists there's been a mistake.
"I don't think I'm the best Ravens player," Ngata told the team's official website Monday. "The way we play together on this defense, we make each other better. I couldn't do what I do without (Terrell) Suggs and Ray (Lewis). It's the same thing with those guys; they can't do what they do without us. I don't think there is a best player. We have so many good players and that's the recipe to a great defense."
Ngata was the third-highest-ranked defensive player on the list, topped by Darrelle Revis (No. 5) and DeMarcus Ware (6). Suggs (11), Ed Reed (16) and Lewis (20) weren't far behind.
We have issues with where some of these Ravens players landed, but not Ngata. Suggs could have been ranked higher and nobody would have blinked, but we already annoyed many of you by suggesting Reed and Lewis are out of place and set to tumble when we go through this exercise again a year from now.
Ngata's point is that Baltimore's defense has dominated the conference through teamwork, but the "Top 100" is about individual achievement. Ngata's humility is refreshing, but his argument falls on deaf ears: He belongs at No. 9.