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Ozzie Newsome: Super Bowl-winning teams face a “time crunch”

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The Ravens have won a pair of Super Bowl titles in Ozzie Newsome’s time as the club’s primary talent evaluator, so he’s an ideal person to ask about the hurdles a defending champion faces.

Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday, the Ravens’ G.M. noted that a Super Bowl-winning club, while ahead of the field at the end of the previous season, finds itself having to make up ground preparing for the next season.

“You’re in a time crunch,” Newsome said Saturday, according to an interview transcript from Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun for the Pro Football Writers of America. “You’re four or five weeks behind everybody. You’re trying to play catch-up.

‘The other aspect of it when you win a Super Bowl, you win it because you have good players and can you maintain all of those players. At some point, those players have to be compensated and the salary cap just doesn’t work to where you can become like the 49ers or the Cowboys were back in those days when they were winning multiple Super Bowls.

“It’s a great problem to have. I wish I was here working on a short time frame, but if you were to ask me which I would rather be I would rather be in Seattle’s position than my position. It’s tough to do, but it can be done.”

In some ways, the NFL calendar has cut the defending-champion Seahawks a break. The NFL Draft has been moved to May 8, giving Seattle and the other 31 teams extra time to do their due diligence on the Class of 2014. However, free agency — where the Seahawks cleaned up last offseason by adding ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril — is just two weeks away.

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27 Responses to “Ozzie Newsome: Super Bowl-winning teams face a “time crunch””
  1. thestatsishere says: Feb 22, 2014 8:48 PM

    It’s exactly like having the 32nd pick in the draft. A GM wants/doesn’t want that pick.

    They want it because it means they won the ultimate prize, but they don’t want it because it means it’s going to be that much harder to keep winning.

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 22, 2014 8:52 PM

    Last I checked the 49ers made the playoffs and many people have called the NFC championship game, the game with the two best teams in football.

    Your problem is you have an average qb who made a lucky throw and got hot for a few games. Now, a large part of your cap is going to his salary.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 22, 2014 8:56 PM

    Plus you have to consider that they shouldn’t have been in the SB in the first place. They just got lucky so it’s a bizarre perspective that he believes in with regard to what happened and what Rice has done on more than one occasion now. Overpaying Flacco and coming up way short this year are just additional reasons why Newsome should be fired. He is a great problem for the team itself.

  4. thepftpoet says: Feb 22, 2014 8:57 PM

    Rick Spielman > Ozzie Newsome

    The Vikings will be hoisting a Lombardi next season.

    Let the purple and gold confetti fall.

  5. thepftpoet says: Feb 22, 2014 8:58 PM

    The Ravens aren’t even the best team that wears purple.

    Skol Vikings, let’s go!!!!!

  6. slbasegame257 says: Feb 22, 2014 9:04 PM

    nyyjetsknicks:

    “Last I checked the 49ers made the playoffs and many people have called the NFC championship game, the game with the two best teams in football.

    Your problem is you have an average qb who made a lucky throw and got hot for a few games. Now, a large part of your cap is going to his salary.”

    Um no you’re wrong. Russell Wilson is a legend. Thanks for playing! GO HAWKS

  7. dbara43 says: Feb 22, 2014 9:09 PM

    Yeah, this is Seahawks Nation cracking open a beer, watching the combine in our easy chairs and asking “should we go OL, TE, DT or WR at 32?”

    Ultimately it doesn’t really matter. In this deep a draft there will be a quality player there at 32 and it will be hard for John and Pete to whiff on that pick.

  8. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 22, 2014 9:15 PM

    slbasegame257 says:
    Feb 22, 2014 9:04 PM
    nyyjetsknicks:

    “Last I checked the 49ers made the playoffs and many people have called the NFC championship game, the game with the two best teams in football.

    Your problem is you have an average qb who made a lucky throw and got hot for a few games. Now, a large part of your cap is going to his salary.”

    Um no you’re wrong. Russell Wilson is a legend. Thanks for playing! GO HAWKS

    _________________

    This was about the Ravens. Next time try reading so you don’t embarrass yourself.

  9. pantherpro says: Feb 22, 2014 9:15 PM

    One and done SeaPeds! Go Niners

  10. shaggytoodle says: Feb 22, 2014 9:25 PM

    Week 14

    Vikings 26
    Ravens 29

    The Vikings didn’t even win two games in a row last season.

  11. higheriqthanyou says: Feb 22, 2014 9:28 PM

    None and done Nines.

    Good luck with the coach who wants out and the team who doesn’t want him; with a QB who is second rate; and a spotty recent draft record.

  12. jonestocarr says: Feb 22, 2014 9:33 PM

    A Jets fan talking about an average QB…I guess you would be an expert in identifying one…Your best QB in team history threw more TD’s to the opposing team than any other QB in history…got in to the HOF based on one game…comical. Five playoff appearances in six years…yeah I’ll take that average QB.

  13. rainmaker1982 says: Feb 22, 2014 9:35 PM

    This is a lame excuse. Teams have plenty of time as Free Agency begins March 11. It’s not like he had to search for a new Head Coach or shake up the coaching staff.

    How much more time do you need?

    If it weren’t for Anquan Boldin, Flacco would be throwing prayers somewhere else. In fact, his lucky run forced the Ravens hand and Newsome is starting to realize Flacco’s salary is going to destroy the team.

  14. chawk12thman says: Feb 22, 2014 10:00 PM

    It is true that it will be hard to SEAPEAT as SB Champions. However, it will be entertaining and fun watching them try. It is a much better feeling saying “we want another” instead of “wait until next season”.

    Go Hawks!

  15. burndownhottopic says: Feb 22, 2014 10:01 PM

    Thought people would be all over a jets fan bringing up mediocrity without referencing their own club. Everything about the ravens (and almost every other nfl team) is greater than the jets. Knicks lick it for that matter too.

  16. joenash72 says: Feb 22, 2014 10:02 PM

    John Schnieder was at the Senior Bowl during the time between the NFC Championship and the Superbowl. He and Caroll have always had a plan to build a program that is competitive for the long term.

    Like Ozzie Newsome said, pretty tough to do a dynasty any more. Best you can do is try and be competitive, and hope the team stays fairly healthy, which is a big reason Seahawks were able to do it this season. The guys we lost, Sydney Rice and Brandon Browner, where replaced by guys that actually performed better, thanks to the solid depth Carrol/Schneider have accumulated.

  17. thevikesarebest says: Feb 22, 2014 10:05 PM

    The Viking purple>Ratbird purple.SKOL

  18. sportsfan18 says: Feb 22, 2014 10:10 PM

    Ozzie has a very good track record.

    No one is perfect. He over paid for Flacco.

    Sadly, that has a ripple affect over the rest of the entire roster and makes his decisions tougher at each level.

    They would not have won the Super Bowl this year with Boldin but they would have made the playoffs with him. If I remember correctly, they wanted to pay him like $4 million and not $6 million.

    I know Flacco’s big bucks didn’t hit this past season, so that wasn’t the reason they didn’t resign Boldin but he should have been resigned for $6 million and one year.

    Oh well, the Boldin mistake was just for this past season. It did help to stop their consecutive season playoff streak though.

    Flacco is going to continue hurting for a long time… Flacco, who was only ONE decision by Ozzie could end up really hurting his legacy (Ozzie’s) if he continues to play at a middling level for huge bucks…

  19. jakec4 says: Feb 22, 2014 10:12 PM

    If Super Bowls are just a matter of luck how come 75% of the teams in the NFL never get lucky in this salary cap era?

    I guess the Ravens, Seahawks, 49ers, Packers, Steelers, Giants, Patriots, and whatever team Peyton Manning is on just luck their ways to Super Bowls and conference championship games over and over because they’re so lucky

  20. jmblosser82 says: Feb 22, 2014 10:16 PM

    The 2013 Ravens and for the next few years will be like the early 2000’s Raven. Outstanding defense with a poor offense.

  21. bigdaddy44 says: Feb 22, 2014 10:22 PM

    Translation – When you win the Superbowl, your lawyers have less time to prepare for defending the murderers, woman beaters, bleach throwers and all the other criminals you have on your roster.n

  22. slbasegame257 says: Feb 22, 2014 10:35 PM

    nyyjetsknicks:

    “Last I checked the 49ers made the playoffs and many people have called the NFC championship game, the game with the two best teams in football.

    Your problem is you have an average qb who made a lucky throw and got hot for a few games. Now, a large part of your cap is going to his salary.”

    Um no you’re wrong. Russell Wilson is a legend. Thanks for playing! GO HAWKS

    _________________

    This was about the Ravens. Next time try reading so you don’t embarrass yourself.

    ___________________

    Ok one you never mentioned Ravens, Baltimore, Flacco, Harbaugh or Newsome. Secondly you embarrass yourself everyday you admit you are a Jets/Knicks fan. And thirdly GO HAWKS because we are better at life than you and everyone else!

  23. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 22, 2014 10:52 PM

    They’ll be facing a “cash crunch” too thanks to their all-time overpaid quarterback.

  24. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 22, 2014 10:53 PM

    P.S. The Ravens that is, not the Seahawks.

  25. bpeterson464 says: Feb 22, 2014 10:53 PM

    slbasegame257 says:
    Feb 22, 2014 10:35 PM
    nyyjetsknicks:

    “Last I checked the 49ers made the playoffs and many people have called the NFC championship game, the game with the two best teams in football.

    Your problem is you have an average qb who made a lucky throw and got hot for a few games. Now, a large part of your cap is going to his salary.”

    Um no you’re wrong. Russell Wilson is a legend. Thanks for playing! GO HAWKS

    _________________

    This was about the Ravens. Next time try reading so you don’t embarrass yourself.

    ___________________

    Ok one you never mentioned Ravens, Baltimore, Flacco, Harbaugh or Newsome. Secondly you embarrass yourself everyday you admit you are a Jets/Knicks fan. And thirdly GO HAWKS because we are better at life than you and everyone else!

    _____________________________

    Even if he’s embarrassing himself by being a fan of those teams in your opinion, you don’t need to embarrass every other Seahawk fan out there, like myself, by saying so. Also, since you did say that, you must not be very good at life at all.

  26. patzfan4life says: Feb 22, 2014 11:00 PM

    ha barbecuing russel Wilson a legend the dudes a game manager at best takeaway that great defense and see how many games the hawks win he throws for like 190 pper game at best and a possible 2 rd performance that was a laugh Russel a l

  27. earpaniac says: Feb 23, 2014 1:32 PM

    Ozzie has been very good to great, but the Flacco contract means he will have to be great on every decision. I do think he almost had to give him that deal. Someone else would’ve, and if you lose your SB winning QB that year, he wouldn’t have been able to leave the house without a bulletproof vest. A no win situation.

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