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DeCosta isn’t leaving Baltimore

E. Decosta AP

Three teams requested to speak with Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta, but he’s not going to meet with anyone.

DeCosta has decided to stay in Baltimore, where he is the G.M. in waiting behind Ozzie Newsome.

“Since this franchise started in 1996, we’ve established a strong history of retaining our most important executives, players, coaches and personnel experts,” Newsome said in a statement. “Eric, who has had opportunities to interview with other teams recently and over the years, is another one we want to keep and will keep. He has chosen to stay with the Ravens, and we’re excited that he will. He is a most valuable asset and will continue to help us win championships.”

There were rumors that DeCosta saw the Bears opening as the most intriguing, but the presence of a head coach already in place could have scared him off.

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  1. marvsleezy says: Jan 6, 2012 12:29 PM

    What championships is he talking about? Is talking about TRYING to win championships? There is a difference.

  2. ravenschick says: Jan 6, 2012 12:30 PM

    WOOO HOOOO!!!!

  3. tsuscrumhalf says: Jan 6, 2012 12:36 PM

    There have been Division Championships, a Conference Championship, and a Super Bowl Championship……

    I’ll 2nd ravenschick’s WOOO HOOOO!!!!!!!!

  4. thephantomcoder says: Jan 6, 2012 12:38 PM

    as a Bears fan, nobody wants a guy that is happy to be a number 2.

  5. edgarallan926 says: Jan 6, 2012 12:47 PM

    He’s not happy to be a number 2, he’s waiting to be a number 1 in a far better organization.

    He’s already been appointed as Ozzie’s successor, wife is from Maryland and Ravens are just a better franchise = going nowhere

    Plus he’s already getting paid better than most GM’s, that always helps

  6. kokoskmr says: Jan 6, 2012 12:48 PM

    Wow! Ravens make the most shrewd front office personnel move in the NFL offseason: retain Eric DeCosta.

    3 years (or whenever) from now, when the teams looking for great GMs now and looking for replacements for their failed hires. Sports writers should look back to today when the Ravens retain Eric DeCosta and call it the most brilliant decision of the off season.

  7. h07z says: Jan 6, 2012 12:51 PM

    Or thephantomcoder, being No. 2 in Baltimore with a promise of being No. 1 soon, beats being a No. 1 for any of those second rate franchises.

  8. mrlbcrazy13 says: Jan 6, 2012 12:54 PM

    Here’s another prediction…when Ozzie does retire and DeCosta takes over, you will see members of the scouting department (which is one of the best in the league) doing everything they can to get the hell out of there. Write it down now.

  9. zackattack410 says: Jan 6, 2012 12:59 PM

    thephantomcoder=owned

    Didn’t your POS GM just get canned?

  10. pitchblack816 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:05 PM

    Probably the biggest “re-signing” the Ravens will do this off season. Next we need to lockup Rice, Flacco, and Grubbs.

  11. ravensruleandharbaughisgod says: Jan 6, 2012 1:05 PM

    Great day for Baltimore. Maybe he just didn’t want to go to a second rate franchise that can’t sign their best player and don’t even know the rules and ettiquiette of the NFL draft. Serves da ‘bears right!

  12. godofwine330 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:09 PM

    The Ravens are tied for my second favorite team (1: Browns; 2a: Ravens [the old Browns]; 2b Bengals [an Ohio team for an Ohio native]-both lose out when either are playing the Browns OR competing with the Browns for a playoff spot)

    They are a well run organization. Ozzie isn’t long for the job, and I give him about 5 years before he retires as one of the best GMs AND the first Black GM in NFL history, then DeCosta can step right in off of the sidelines where he has been learning for years.

  13. bertcampaneris says: Jan 6, 2012 1:09 PM

    Guess he’s not bold/secure enough to take on the challenges of building more prestigious and storied organizations like the Bears and Colts. Oh well, his loss.

    Hope he enjoys trying to “retool” when their aging and overrated LB and FS hang ‘em up, probably right after this season.

  14. ninjapleazee says: Jan 6, 2012 1:11 PM

    Idiot.. riding on someone else’s success.. have fun staying in Baltimore few more years riding Ozzie’s coat tail until he finally decides to retire 5 years later…. major career fail move.

  15. actiondanwi says: Jan 6, 2012 1:12 PM

    Anyone who wants to be the Bears GM, must not want to be a GM for long.

    I still say, after no good candidates show any interest, the Bears bump up Ruskell.

    Who will proceed to pick up some #3 receivers for Cutler.

    Let the losing continue.

  16. KIR says: Jan 6, 2012 1:12 PM

    Scared and the NFL are two words if combined together will almost always lead to disaster and complete failure. Good luck with that

  17. test2402 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:13 PM

    This guy fears Tim Tebow.

  18. edgarallan926 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:18 PM

    @bertcampaneris

    If Ray and Ed are so old and overrated, do they really need to “retool” when they retire.

    This defense is built to remain successful for years with young talent: Ngata, Suggs, Smith, Webb, Cody, McPhee, Kruger, Williams, McAdoo, Pollard

    Just wait for the Wizard of Oz to strike gold in the draft yet again

  19. ravensfan4life52 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:19 PM

    That’s what’s up! DeCosta is the man! Oh and Bears fans. Your team sucks, your organization sucks, your fan base sucks, and your field sucks. That’s why the only good players that you have want out. Once Forte and Briggs leave you guys will be in the basement of the NFC North where you belong.

  20. fngs1 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:29 PM

    And, Where did this 1st rate organization move from? That’s what i thought.

  21. pryor4heisman says: Jan 6, 2012 1:30 PM

    Having watched “The Wire” on HBO, we all know Baltimore is a DUMP of a city. He wants to pass up Chicago for that garbage?

    Glad the Bears didnt get this clown, he is obviously not too bright…

  22. ninjapleazee says: Jan 6, 2012 1:31 PM

    Ravens fan can keep on talkin smack while they watch the superbowl from their living rooms.. what’s in baltimore anyways? oh yeah.. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Crappy city along with crappy fans.

  23. getyourownname says: Jan 6, 2012 1:32 PM

    Actually, he wanted to talk about joining the Bears, but no one there answered the phone when he called.

    Good news for Ravens and, to some degree, AFCN fans.

  24. verticalface says: Jan 6, 2012 1:43 PM

    As a Ravens’ fan I’m happy DeCosta is staying. I think it’s a good move for him and a great move for our organization.

    That said.. Ravens’ fans dissing Chi and the Bears… WTF? You’re representing our fan base. Show a little class.

  25. walkedintoabar says: Jan 6, 2012 1:48 PM

    @bertcampaneris

    lets look at what you said:

    “Guess he’s not bold/secure enough to take on the challenges of building more prestigious and storied organizations”

    So you think its harder to continue a current tradition with a team that – no matter what hard times they fall on – will always have their rich history to fall back on, than it is to build a storied organization from scratch?

    I think this is clearly incorrect, with the most simple logic.

    It’s more likely he has already invested much of his life into building a respectable, highly regarded organization from scratch, one with much promise to eventually be counted among the more rich traditions in the NFL. The easy way out would be to just go to the Bears or Colts and walk into the tradition, rather than stick with it and continue to build one – a much harder task.

    So it looks like what you thought was the easy route and difficult, prestigous route are in fact reversed.

    Who is remembered more? The found fathers or the 23rd president and congress?

    consider yourself schooled

  26. ocho says: Jan 6, 2012 1:49 PM

    I really understand how ravens fans act like theyre the class of the NFL. Ive never seen a fanbase that is so ready to claim elite status w/o actually doing anything elite. Last time i checked the Bears have been to the Super Bowl more recently and were in the NFC Championship last year yet theyre suddenly a 2nd class franchise? I know Baltimorians arent typically the brightest but come on, what gives?

  27. waccoforflacco says: Jan 6, 2012 1:49 PM

    Chicago is the arm pit of the country with a totally classless football organization.

    When the LIAR Angelo tried to wiggle out of trading a 4th round pick to move into the Ravens ‘ spot in the draft and then called it a misunderstanding he proved he was a total a-hole.

    Glad he got fired. DeCosta would NEVER have gone to such a classless bunch of losers who will do anything to cheat the other teams in the NFL.

  28. bmorelikeme says: Jan 6, 2012 2:07 PM

    Lots of salty bear’s fans checking in here.

    I have a feeling had he decided to go to Chitown, these same posters would be showering him in praise.

    As a Raven’s fan, I’m glad he decided to stay. The job will be his soon enough.

  29. jamaltimore says: Jan 6, 2012 2:11 PM

    It all starts with Biscotti who is a classy owner who respects the people he puts in charge of his organization, rewards ALL execs and players who perform. That breeds loyalty of talented individuals and results! Leadership starts at the top and he’s been nothing but class in how he transitioned into full ownership from the greatest Brown ever, Art Modell, and how he’s run his organization going forward!

    BLACK AND PURPLE!

  30. humbleminded85 says: Jan 6, 2012 2:27 PM

    Yes!!!!!!!! This news just made my day. Steve must of giving him another raise lol Its sorta bitter sweet that the best part about being a Ravens fan is that no matter how many championships you win, they prove to me that every year they will try to put the very best product on the field. Its bitter sweet because my Orioles are ran 100% the opposite as my Ravens. :( Thank you Oz, Decosta, Dick Cass and all the rest of the fine folks at the castle for making me proud to say im from Bmore and im a Ravens fan!!!!!

  31. rarson says: Jan 6, 2012 3:06 PM

    @bertcampaneris

    “Guess he’s not bold/secure enough to take on the challenges of building more prestigious and storied organizations like the Bears and Colts.”

    Ironic you mention the Colts. You know, the team that used to play in Baltimore, the storied franchise with prestige that moved to Indianapolis.

  32. noquickreactionshere says: Jan 6, 2012 3:14 PM

    ninjapleazee says:
    Jan 6, 2012 1:31 PM
    Ravens fan can keep on talkin smack while they watch the superbowl from their living rooms.. what’s in baltimore anyways? oh yeah.. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Crappy city along with crappy fans.

    ______________________________

    Correction… I’ll be watching it in my friends basement, he has a bigger TV and a nice bar. Not to mention they have a better pizza delivery place near by.

    But I’m not sure what your comment has to do with what teams will be playing in the super bowl…. Will you be watching the game from the sidelines?

  33. ihaterogergoodell says: Jan 6, 2012 3:22 PM

    As a Bears fan, I think this is the smartest move for DeCosta and his family. Best of luck to him! (and lucky Ravens!) I do believe the Bears showed no class with last year’s draft blunder, but that was because of Angelo. The organization fixed that issue. I do wish they forced Angelo to hand over the pick. It’s not like he would have used it properly anyway.

    On a side note, WaccoforFlacco is an idiot. Chicago is the armpit of the country? Really? People aren’t exactly flocking to Bal’more for jobs, low crime, schools, museums, clean air and class. Get a reality check.

    Best of luck to the Ravens this offseason (especially if you face the Steelers).

  34. fngs1 says: Jan 6, 2012 3:23 PM

    walkedintoabar says: Jan 6, 2012 1:48 PM

    @bertcampaneris

    lets look at what you said:
    ——————————————————
    So the Browns left Cleveland, where by the way had a long legacy of being in the league, then they moved to Baltimore if memory serves had another team that was there with a respectable organization. Just because they are called Ravens doesn’t mean they just dropped in to some unknown town and start some new legacy. I guess Johnny Unitas never played in Baltimore, or Jim Brown never played for the browns before they moved to Baltimore, to be the Ravens right?

  35. noquickreactionshere says: Jan 6, 2012 3:36 PM

    what’s in baltimore anyways?
    ___________________
    The American Visionary Art museum, The Edger Allen Poe house, Babe Ruth Birthplace, John’s Hopkins University and hospital, The inner harbor, Fort McHenry (thats where the star spangled banner was written, I’m assuming you didn’t know that), War memorial plaza, the Maryland Zoo at Baltimore, the national aquarium, Star Spangled Banner flag house, Historic Fells Point, Federal hill, Edger Allen Poe’s gravesite, the USS Constitution, Charm City Cakes (Ace of cakes), just to name a few

    Movies and tv filmed in Baltimore:
    A dirty shame, absolute power, the accidental tourist, ace of cakes, airline, along came a spider, and justice for all, avalon, beauty shop, bedroom window, boys, clairas heart, The Corner
    Cry-Baby, Dave, Dead Man’s Curve, Desperate Living, Detention, Diner, The Distinguished Gentleman, Divine Trash, Enemy of the State,
    Failure to Launch, Female Trouble, First Invasion: War of 1812, First Sunday, For Richer or Poorer, Gods and Generals, Guarding Tess, Hag in a Black Leather Jacket, Hairspray, He Said, She Said, He’s Just Not That into You,
    Head of State, Her Alibi, Home for the Holidays, Homicide, Homicide: The Movie, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Invasion, Ladder 49, Liberty
    Liberty Heights, The Life of Bailey, Live Free or Die Hard, Major League II, Marnie, Maxum Xul, Men, Men Don’t Leave, The Meteor Man, The Mosquito Coast, On the Block, Pecker, Putty Hill
    Polyester, Random Hearts, Red Dragon, The Replacements, Roc, Runaway Bride, The Salon
    Satisfaction, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, Serial Mom, The Service, Shooter, Shot in the Heart
    Silent Fall, The Silence of the Lambs, Sleepless in Seattle, Something the Lord Made, Species II
    Stage Fright, Step Up, Step Up 2 The Streets
    The Sum of All Fears, That Night, Tin Men,
    Tuck Everlasting, Twelve Monkeys, Violets Are Blue, Washington Square, The Weekend It Lives,
    While You Were Out, The Wire, XXX: State of the Union, The Young Americans

    Let me know if you want to visit I can show you around because you clearly do not know Baltimore at all……

  36. ravenator says: Jan 6, 2012 3:49 PM

    Wow check out all the Raven haters, haha! Means they must be doing something right. Haters gonna hate.

  37. flaccodelic says: Jan 6, 2012 3:59 PM

    pryor4heisman says: Jan 6, 2012 1:30 PM

    Having watched “The Wire” on HBO, we all know Baltimore is a DUMP of a city. He wants to pass up Chicago for that garbage?

    Glad the Bears didnt get this clown, he is obviously not too bright…

    —–

    What has television taught you about Indianapolis? Lots of fast cars everywhere? What are you, Homer Simpson?

  38. ppdoc13 says: Jan 6, 2012 4:01 PM

    This is great news for the Ravens. DeCosta is an extraordinarily talented young man. Having watched Phil Savage, Shack Harris, and George Kokinis flame out in other places, he realized that the grass is not always greener on the other side.

    This is why the Ravens are one of the model franchises in the NFL. Those of you who want to flame for saying that, go right ahead. You are just jealous, because you know that it is true.

    We have an owner who is willing to spend his money but lets his football people make the decisions. (unlike Jerrah Jonz, and the Dany)

    We have one of the best GM’s in the business in Ozzie who has tremendous loyalty to the organization that made him the first black GM in modern football and is why (despite their prayers) he would never go back to Cleveland.

    We have one of the biggest and best scouting depts in football which is why other teams always try to raid us for our young talent in the front office.

    They have a system in place that works. We have only won 1 SB, but the team has only been in existence for 15 years. We have gone to the playoffs 4 years in a row which when you include Flacco as a rookie QB is an NFL record.

    So for Bert Campanaris who seems to think that the Bears and the Colts are storied franchises, I would disagree. The Bears haven’t been relevant in decades. As far as the Dolts, they became unstoried when they left their home and slunk away in the dark of night during a snow storm to go to a city that prefers Indy Car Racing, won 2 games this year, just fired their “famous” GM and has serious issues filling the stands. And oh btw – the Ravens have sold out EVERY SINGLE GAME IN THE HISTORY OF THE FRANCHISE.

    and for mrlbcrazy13 – i have no idea where you pulled that prediction out of. Our scouting dept has minimal turnover and Eric DeCosta is highly respected amongst the staff. So is it that you just don’t know what you are talking about, or are you just trying to stir up comments.

    and to all the miscreants like ninjapleaze and the people who constantly trash the Ravens and Bmore, jealousy is a real beatch isn’t it?

  39. nflenthusiast says: Jan 6, 2012 4:16 PM

    WTF, they filmed XXX: state of the union here and no one told
    Me?!?!

  40. noquickreactionshere says: Jan 6, 2012 4:28 PM

    nflenthusiast says:
    Jan 6, 2012 4:16 PM
    WTF, they filmed XXX: state of the union here and no one told
    Me?!?!

    ____________________

    They filmed part of an episode of The League here (Or there is a part of Chicago that looks identical to Koopers/Silante in fells point).
    Have not been able to figure out why, none of the actors have ties to Baltimore and in the episode they were not out of town. That is the only scene that I have noticed where they where in Baltimore so it was pretty random…..

  41. crazycane says: Jan 6, 2012 4:46 PM

    It’s funny when fans talk about GM’s as these people that have magical powers that can see the future and predict with certainty who is going to be good and who isn’t going to be good. You guys eat this stuff up like if it’s free lunch to the homeless.

    In the last 11 years, the highest % of draft picks to stay with one team is 31% dolts. That’s a little more than 1 out of 4 players who get drafted are still with the team. That’s almost 1 player a draft.

    There’s no such thing as a person who can tell you how great someone is going to be.

  42. benandjerrysberryhorny says: Jan 6, 2012 8:35 PM

    pryor4heisman says:
    Jan 6, 2012 1:30 PM
    Having watched “The Wire” on HBO, we all know Baltimore is a DUMP of a city. He wants to pass up Chicago for that garbage?

    Glad the Bears didnt get this clown, he is obviously not too bright…

    …Maybe the dumbest comment I have seen on this site in a good while. The Wire huh? Haha you’re sad dude.

  43. tone360 says: Jan 6, 2012 9:50 PM

    The Chicago Bears a second rate organization??? Come on, you may have typed that but you can’t really believe that. Good luck in the playoffs Baltimore Browns.

  44. walkedintoabar says: Jan 7, 2012 4:09 PM

    @fngs1

    this is true, that the ravens roots are in the old Cleveland Browns, but there are a few things that makes the Ravens organization different from other organizations that have moved such as the colts.

    While the Colts history – the records, memorabilia, team hall of fame etc – moved with the COlts to Indy, the Browns kept all of their records in Cleveland, and are now part of the second iteration of the Browns in Cleveland. So even though the Ravens do have a “history” that pre-dates Baltimore, this “history” has been expressly retained by Cleveland to make it very clear that the organization in Baltimore does not carry with it the prestige earned by the old Browns.

    This brings me to my second point: other teams who have moved (Colts) have retained there names, to show that the teams tradition is continuing in their new home. The Ravens organization decided not to keep the Browns as the team name to show that even though the business aspect of the organization was unchanged, the football aspect of it is its own identity. This happened in part because Baltimoreans know what its like to watch ones former team playing elsewhere, with no hope of forming a new iteration of the team and no hope of regaining the history that was stolen from them. By changing their name and not taking the Browns’ records, the Ravens organization left the door open for the Browns to reemerge in Cleveland.

    Given these considerations, I think its fair to say the Ravens are creating a legacy, not simply maintaining one they stole from another city LIKE SOME TEAMS WE KNOW COUGH COUGH COLTS COUGH

  45. noquickreactionshere says: Jan 10, 2012 11:51 AM

    crazycane says:
    Jan 6, 2012 4:46 PM
    It’s funny when fans talk about GM’s as these people that have magical powers that can see the future and predict with certainty who is going to be good and who isn’t going to be good. You guys eat this stuff up like if it’s free lunch to the homeless.

    In the last 11 years, the highest % of draft picks to stay with one team is 31% dolts. That’s a little more than 1 out of 4 players who get drafted are still with the team. That’s almost 1 player a draft.

    There’s no such thing as a person who can tell you how great someone is going to be.

    ____________________________

    So if you don’t watch football you shouldn’t comment on football sites…. This might be the stupidest thing said ever…. in the history of football.

    First you are correct, GM’s do not have magical powers but they along with scouts have the ability to asses the talent of players and the ability to understand how to turn raw talent into a finished product. Example 1 is Ray rice, 2nd round pick and 7th running back taken in the 2008 draft but Decosta and Newsome saw something in him and understood although he wasn’t “fast” they knew he could become a feature back.

    While your 31% number might be correct (I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt because I’m to lazy to look it up) that number includes 5th, 6th, 7th round picks. In many cases these are guys who dont’ even sign with the team off the bat. I don’t give credit to a front office because their scout team still has the 6th round pick from 4 years ago.

    “there is no such thing as a person who can tell how great someone is going to be”

    You don’t think people can evaluate talent and make good predictions on future success? Is it just by chance that Newsome/DeCosta drafted:
    Ray Lewis, Ogden, Rice, Flacco, Suggs, Ngata, Webb, Reed, Chris McCalister, T Cody, Jimmy Smith, Marshal Yanda, Ben Grubbs, Torry Smith, Todd Heap, Jamal Lewis, Peter Boulware………Just to name a few. Yea I’m sure they had no idea that these guys would be good

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