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Ravens promote Eric DeCosta to Assistant General Manager

at M&T Bank Stadium on August 25, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. Getty Images

There’s no reason to believe Ozzie Newsome’s tenure as Ravens General Manager is coming to an end, but the team has taken a step to firm up their line of succession.

Eric DeCosta has been promoted from director of player personnel to Assistant General Manager, the Ravens announced in a statement on Thursday. DeCosta, who has worked for the Ravens since 1996, has resisted overtures from other teams to remain as Newsome’s right hand in Baltimore. Some of that may be prudence — Phil Savage, George Kokinis and James Harris all left the Ravens and lost their new jobs — but it has positioned him to be the next man in charge of the Ravens when and if Newsome decides to take on other challenges.

“When we extended Eric’s contract earlier this year, we changed his title to Assistant GM,” Newsome said in the statement. “As Eric continues to grow in the personnel department, he is becoming a vital part of the decision-making process.”

The Ravens also announce the promotion of two scouts. Joe Douglas has been elevated to national scout after being the team’s Southeast scout in recent years and David Blackburn will move from an assistant role in the scouting department to an area scout in the Northwest, Southwest and Midwest. Mark Azevado will take over Douglas’ old responsibilities.

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19 Responses to “Ravens promote Eric DeCosta to Assistant General Manager”
  1. rockthered1286 says: May 17, 2012 12:59 PM

    DeCosta and Ozzie are the best front office due in the NFL. Period.

    Any takers?

  2. 7thlombardiontheway says: May 17, 2012 1:05 PM

    So their content with losing? No rings in their future lol.

  3. 561bengal says: May 17, 2012 1:13 PM

    Huge mistake! DeCosta is borderline retarded. He has been living off of Ozzies genious way too long. Huge mistake!

  4. 561bengal says: May 17, 2012 1:20 PM

    Even though i am a Bengals fan all I wish for every year is that Pittsburgh does not win the north and now the Ravens have just made that easier for the Steelers. Im disgusted!

  5. 561bengal says: May 17, 2012 1:23 PM

    Why dont they just hire Mike Brown as their future GM. Unbelievable!

  6. couldntthinkofaname says: May 17, 2012 1:29 PM

    Yeah, it must suck having one of the best front offices in the league and a team that’s always a threat to win it all. Not a Ravens fan, but Ozzie is terrific and they sound like they’re set for when he eventually leaves.

  7. moagecu says: May 17, 2012 1:43 PM

    I’m confused how all these non-ravens fans have so much input on DeCosta? I didn’t realize he had worked for any of these teams prior to his 16 years with the Ravens.

  8. Steeley McBeam says: May 17, 2012 1:56 PM

    moagecu youve got ravenator to thank for that. Hes been inviting other AFCN commentors into the Ravens threads for a long time with his unrelenting trolling.

  9. zoidenflak says: May 17, 2012 2:01 PM

    rockthered1286 says:
    DeCosta and Ozzie are the best front office due in the NFL. Period.
    ——————————————————–
    You might have an argument if they’d even been to a super bowl this century.

  10. moagecu says: May 17, 2012 2:11 PM

    zoidenflak says:
    May 17, 2012 2:01 PM
    rockthered1286 says:
    DeCosta and Ozzie are the best front office due in the NFL. Period.
    ——————————————————–
    You might have an argument if they’d even been to a super bowl this century.
    ___
    So by this century do you mean 2000-2100? I hope you dont.

  11. zerophocus says: May 17, 2012 2:12 PM

    zoidenflak says:
    May 17, 2012 2:01 PM
    rockthered1286 says:
    DeCosta and Ozzie are the best front office due in the NFL. Period.
    ——————————————————–
    You might have an argument if they’d even been to a super bowl this century.

    ———————————–

    You know they won the Superbowl in 2001 right?

  12. rajbais says: May 17, 2012 2:21 PM

    DeCosta is a good scouting mind!!!

    Trust me 1000%!!!

    Insiders who are unaffiliated with him praise his work!!!

    He DOES have a great eye for talent to the point where he has been considered the de facto GM for Baltimore!!!

    If Mike Mayock is a thorough researcher around the league and he praises your work, you’re good!!!!

    I’ve known about this guy’s track record since 2008 and his work from 2000 until now has been fantastic!!! The Ravens haven’t won a title since 2000 because Brian Billick and Cam Cameron flushed the offense down the toilet!!!! That’s NOT DeCosta’s fault!!!!

    Don’t bash him because of Phil Savage’s disaster in Cleveland or George Kokinis was suffering through the puppeteering of Eric Mangini!!!!

    Do some homework for a damn change!!!!! I at least have!!!!

  13. rockthered1286 says: May 17, 2012 3:00 PM

    zoidenflak says:
    May 17, 2012 2:01 PM
    rockthered1286 says:
    DeCosta and Ozzie are the best front office due in the NFL. Period.
    ——————————————————–
    You might have an argument if they’d even been to a super bowl this century.
    _________________________
    Dude… don’t embarrass yourself. DeCosta has been integral in the drafting and developing of players. He’s been extremely successful in doing so with the Ravens in his career. If you want to blame DeCosta for our offensive abilities and play calls to date, that’s all you buddy.

    And all of the DeCosta haters saying how terrible he is, please I beg you, give me a SOLID reason why is so terrible. Go on, I’ll wait…

    Trolls…

  14. zerophocus says: May 17, 2012 3:06 PM

    They are paying him GM money right now so that he doesn’t get snagged by some other team and they can keep him around for when Ozzie leaves. It would make sense to give him a title to reflect that. Good for him and good for the Ravens to have that kind of continuity already lined up.

  15. zoidenflak says: May 17, 2012 4:30 PM

    from Scientific American:

    Years in the Gregorian calendar, are counted from the year A.D.1. There was no year 0. Before A.D.1 came the year B.C.1. Thus, the first century ran for 100 years from A.D.1 until the end of A.D. 100; the first millennium, from A.D.1 until the end of A.D. 1000; and so the last millennium did not end until December 31, A.D. 2000.

    The Ravens last won the Super Bowl in the 1999-2000 Season…therefore…

    …he Ravens have not won a Super Bowl in this new century. Duh!

  16. zoidenflak says: May 17, 2012 4:40 PM

    I did not say that DeCosta was not good at his job. Clearly, he is one of the top men in the league…

    I was merely reacting to the statement that the Ravens front office was the best in the league “hands down.”

    Kevin Colbert puts just as many players in the Pro Bowl…AND…went to the Super Bowm 3 times…AND…won two of them… [and had a 15-1 record one other year]

    So, the “hands down” comment in silly on every level…

  17. noquickreactionshere says: May 17, 2012 5:18 PM

    zoidenflak says:
    May 17, 2012 4:30 PM
    from Scientific American:

    Years in the Gregorian calendar, are counted from the year A.D.1. There was no year 0. Before A.D.1 came the year B.C.1. Thus, the first century ran for 100 years from A.D.1 until the end of A.D. 100; the first millennium, from A.D.1 until the end of A.D. 1000; and so the last millennium did not end until December 31, A.D. 2000.

    The Ravens last won the Super Bowl in the 1999-2000 Season…therefore…

    …he Ravens have not won a Super Bowl in this new century. Duh!

    ______________________________

    They won in the 2000-2001 season….

    Nice try to recover after putting your foot in your mouth with a stupid comment. Next time just say decade.

  18. randallflagg52 says: May 17, 2012 10:58 PM

    Have any of these haters even heard of DeCosta prior to this article? He’s not a household name, even though every one in the NFL knows who he is. This guy won’t even go to interviews for GM posistions, I don’t know how many teams he’s spurned recently but it is a lot. It’s nice to see loyalty to an organization like that.

  19. bmorelikeme says: May 18, 2012 10:47 AM

    I’d be really interested to hear a reason behind the “DeCosta Sucks” comments. He does alot of radio/media intereaction here in bmore and he’s certaintly not the idiot all the non-Raven’s fans are claiming he is.

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