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Ravens owner: “I have two GMs, and everybody in the league knows that”

Breshad Perriman, left, the Baltimore Ravens first round draft pick, along with general manager Ozzie Newsome, center, and assistant general manager Eric DeCosta hold up his jersey during an NFL football news conference Friday, May 1, 2015, in Owings Mills, Md. Perriman, a wide receiver from Central Florida, was selected 26th overall Thursday night. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) AP

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti knows he has a luxury, and he’s not afraid to gloat about it.

Not only does he have one of the top General Managers in the game in Ozzie Newsome, but he has an heir apparent in Eric DeCosta that doesn’t seem interested in ever leaving.

DeCosta turned down a chance to interview for the Titans job, the latest in a string of telling teams “No, thanks.”

Via Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun, Bisciotti said he had “the best of both worlds: I have two GMs, and everybody in the league knows that.”

“Every year, somebody comes and says, ‘Are you itching yet?’ ” Bisciotti said of DeCosta. “And he doesn’t. I usually have to bump his pay, but realistically, he has too much at stake here in his relationship with Ozzie, and Ozzie’s relationship with him is just strong.

“I commend him for his patience, because I know there are other guys that are GMs that they chose [to leave their original teams]. Because Eric wasn’t interested in the last five, six years, and he probably could’ve had 10 different jobs.

“But I will say that seven of those 10 [General Managers] have been relieved of their duties already. I think that’s where Eric would say [he has] his patience. Because we promote continuity, Eric can afford to be patient. He wouldn’t be patient if we were turning people over all the time. If he wasn’t patient, I would’ve gotten rid of Ozzie seven years ago and hired Eric, and Eric would’ve been out four years ago, and I would’ve had somebody else sitting up here. It’s a testament to him.”

Of course, Newsome doesn’t appear on the verge of leaving, saying this year only boosted his enthusiasm for the job to get the Ravens back to the playoffs. And DeCosta keeps turning down chances to leave, which gives the Ravens a deep front office, which gives them a better chance to recover.

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  1. spartan01 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:23 AM

    Nice. Its a nice change reading good stories about the Ravens instead of who is going for an MRI or put on IR.

  2. wferg1121 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:23 AM

    Decosta just recognizes that the grass is not always greener. Stability means a lot to people; no one wants to constantly move your family all over the country, especially if you enjoy where you are, and who you are working with.

  3. scrp2 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:24 AM

    Top 5 Ravens All-Time

    1. Jim Brown
    2. Ray Lewis
    3. Vinny Testeverde
    4. Samari Rolle
    5. Shannon Sharpe

  4. charliecharger says: Jan 8, 2016 10:25 AM

    I think DeCosta is the GM and Ozzie is the football Czar.

  5. jetssuk says: Jan 8, 2016 10:28 AM

    Lotta good it did them this year. Lost a great deal of depth when they gave Flacco all that money.

  6. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 8, 2016 10:29 AM

    He’s a coward, plain and simple. Afraid to FAIL, like we all know will happen.

  7. realdealsteel says: Jan 8, 2016 10:30 AM

    Well, that’s great. So they have two guys to help them figure out what to do with those high round draft picks.

  8. udontknowjaq says: Jan 8, 2016 10:30 AM

    What a great roster this year. Injuries shouldn’t be an excuse. They sucked before injuries happen but again no excuse. Bad coach in this year with so many games lost in the 4th qt..

  9. clipper522 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:36 AM

    For every “bust” you can pin on Ozzie/DeCosta, there are 2 gems they’ve picked.

    Take the injuries the Ravens had this year and put them on any of the 12 playoff teams, and those teams are not in the playoffs. Add an extremely challenging schedule in the 1st six weeks, and the whole season was just stacked against their favor.

    Armed with the 6th pick in each round, incredible depth in compensatory picks, and healthy starters returning, people should be confident that the Ravens will return to be the team everyone fears in January.

  10. ravensroostoftexas says: Jan 8, 2016 10:39 AM

    He’s right & this has happened every year for a while now. Continuity is extremely important & we will have that for many, many more years. Many in the NFL keep turning over rosters, front offices, coaches & so forth, only to end up in the cellar every year. It’s a bad formula & leads to zero success. Keep up the good work GM tandem & we’ll see what next year brings.

  11. Remember when PFT was about football? Now its just a bunch of whiney losers who cry about the Patriots says: Jan 8, 2016 10:40 AM

    clipper522 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:36 AM
    Take the injuries the Ravens had this year and put them on any of the 12 playoff teams, and those teams are not in the playoffs.
    _______________________

    That’s interesting. The Patriots lost more games due to injury than any other team, including the Ravens. They made the playoffs…

  12. ravensruleall says: Jan 8, 2016 10:41 AM

    scrp2 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:24 AM

    Top 5 Ravens All-Time

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Should read top 5 Ravens PLAYERS

    Otherwise Ozzie needs one of these slots

  13. spartan01 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:44 AM

    “What a great roster this year. Injuries shouldn’t be an excuse. They sucked before injuries happen but again no excuse. Bad coach in this year with so many games lost in the 4th qt…”

    ~~~~
    Well they didn’t suck and no, injuries should not be an excuse. I don’t know what team you root for but we need to remind the Steeler fans of this when they start up the “but if we had Bell it would be different” mantra again this post season.

    I for one, put the collapses in the 4th qtrs on the DC.

  14. bazookajoeflacco says: Jan 8, 2016 10:48 AM

    The Ravens front office does not overreact to bumps in the road. This team has it’s coaching staff picked clean every season and still succeeds more often than not. Look at how many head coaches got their jobs after being coordinators in Baltimore. Pagano, Ryan, Kubiak, Caldwell, Nolan, Lewis. That doesn’t even include assistant jobs just coordinators. I think the consistency of Baltimore throughout all the changes is a testament to the big four at the top. Newsome, Bisciotti, Cass and Decosta.

  15. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 8, 2016 10:48 AM

    scrp2 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:24 AM

    Top 5 Ravens All-Time

    1. Jim Brown
    2. Ray Lewis
    3. Vinny Testeverde
    4. Samari Rolle
    5. Shannon Sharpe
    _________________

    I’ve actually seen Jim Brown play and the only uniform I’ve seen him wear is that of the Cleveland Browns.

  16. hehateme2 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:50 AM

    So why all the suckage?

  17. joetoronto says: Jan 8, 2016 10:51 AM

    spartan01 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:23 AM
    Nice. Its a nice change reading good stories about the Ravens instead of who is going for an MRI or put on IR.

    …………………..
    Or being in trouble with the law.

  18. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 8, 2016 10:52 AM

    Eric DeCosta needs to decide that he wants to maximize his potential, that he can be successful and that this will be the best way to provide for his family. Then he needs to sign with the Lions. Great opportunity.

  19. bazookajoeflacco says: Jan 8, 2016 10:52 AM

    udontknowjaq says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:30 AM
    What a great roster this year. Injuries shouldn’t be an excuse. They sucked before injuries happen but again no excuse. Bad coach in this year with so many games lost in the 4th qt..

    The injuries started in week 1 and kept coming. Perrenial Probowler and former DPOY Terrell Suggs went down and with it went potentially 15-16 sacks. That injury impacted everything on defense including the snap count and double teams that Dumerville faced. Those two combined for 29 sacks the year prior, this season 6 sacks.

  20. boss81hogg says: Jan 8, 2016 11:03 AM

    It’s that Royal Farms Chicken. That’s why he’s not leaving.

  21. clipper522 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:07 AM

    Remember when PFT was about football? Now its just a bunch of whiney losers who cry about the Patriots says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:40 AM

    That’s interesting. The Patriots lost more games due to injury than any other team, including the Ravens. They made the playoffs…

    I don’t remember Tom Brady tearing his ACL and MCL. And the Pats have lost 4 of their last 6 due to injuries, sure. Last time i checked the Ravens finished losing 4 of their last 6 too.

  22. coltcountrysteelerfan says: Jan 8, 2016 11:10 AM

    clipper522, an extremely challenging first 6 games? I guess my definition of challenging differs.
    Week 1 against Broncos, couldn’t beat a poor Denver defense, $100 million dollar QB tossed a game ending pick I believe.
    Week 2 against the Raiders, I believe once again the $1,000,000 tossed a game ending INT.
    Week 3 against the Bengals was the only complete team in this stretch. They played a tough divisional game but lost at home..
    Week 4 against Pittsburgh showcased a Pitt team with a second string QB and RB, a kicker who couldn’t kick a FG with uprights 3x as big(3rd kicker on the year), and a defense still transition under the new scheme.
    Week 5 against the Browns and week 6 against the 49ers are both games they could’ve and should’ve won.
    This team has far too many holes and the immediate future does not look promising.

  23. feckyerlife says: Jan 8, 2016 11:11 AM

    Lol you sir are an idiot. He is from Maryland and his wife is from Baltimore. he’s been with the Ravens since they started 20 yrs ago. Why would he leave. Considering he’s been in an organization that has made the playoffs 10 times in 20 years and 2 super bowl rings. doesnt sound like he’s failing at all

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:29 AM

    He’s a coward, plain and simple. Afraid to FAIL, like we all know will happen.

  24. jim699 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:13 AM

    Lol, what’s so tough about a schedule where you get to play the Browns twice, Jacksonville, Oakland, San Francisco, San Diego, Miami and St Louis?

    And the Ravens lost to three of those teams in their first six games.

  25. 6ball says: Jan 8, 2016 11:15 AM

    .
    @clippet522

    ” For every “bust” you can pin on Ozzie/DeCosta, there are 2 gems they’ve picked.”

    Perhaps you haven’t taken a long look at the Ravens recent drafts. They’re hardly exemplary. They’re more like mediocre at best.
    .

  26. rhamrhoddy says: Jan 8, 2016 11:19 AM

    scrp2 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:24 AM
    Top 5 Ravens All-Time

    1. Jim Brown
    2. Ray Lewis
    3. Vinny Testeverde
    4. Samari Rolle
    5. Shannon Sharpe

    —————
    Haaaa nice try, Samari

  27. eroschmidt says: Jan 8, 2016 11:23 AM

    Top 5 Ravens of All Time:

    1. Ray Lewis
    2. Johnathan Ogden
    3. Ed Reed
    4. Terrell Suggs
    5. Haloti Ngata

  28. goodellclownshow says: Jan 8, 2016 11:23 AM

    Loaded roster or not, John Harbaugh will still whine like a little girl.

  29. flash1287 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:25 AM

    Biggest dirt ball owner= Steve Bisciotti

  30. ravensfan56 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:25 AM

    The Ravens need to draft smarter this year. Ozzie and company have not drafted a pro bowl player since 2008. That is a long time. The Ravens have zero playmakers and their first round pick last year, Breshad Perriman, has yet to take a snap. The smart choice would be to draft a WR like Treadwell in the first round or a defensive lineman like Nkemdiche.

    -Ravens fan

  31. deacon85 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:31 AM

    Remember when PFT was about football? Now its just a bunch of whiney losers who cry about the Patriots says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:40 AM
    clipper522 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:36 AM
    Take the injuries the Ravens had this year and put them on any of the 12 playoff teams, and those teams are not in the playoffs.
    _______________________

    That’s interesting. The Patriots lost more games due to injury than any other team, including the Ravens. They made the playoffs…
    ———————————
    Excellent point. You really can’t argue with the facts.

  32. patfanken says: Jan 8, 2016 11:39 AM

    Just like narrow minded Ravens fans to ignore that the Patriots have lost even MORE players than they have and still managed to win 12 games.

    Just like Ravens fans to think that just because they’ve won a couple of games against NE, they are the Patriots’ nemesis. They must have missed that AFCCG where they blew 2 fourteen point leads. (boy THAT’s gotta sting)

    Just like Ravens fans to think they whenever they lose its someone ELSE’s fault, and immediately run to momma Goodell to make it all better

    Just like Ravens fans to think that just because Ozzie is a good GM and has had a number of good drafting years, they can excuse the rash of bust picks that have come down the pike the last few years.

    Just like Raven fans to think just because a guy doesn’t want to move his family, means that somehow they are better that the rest of the league.

    And just because you get to the playoffs better than 50% of the time, means you are a good team, NOT and elite one. For example going from a Superbowl team to out of the playoffs is not an elite team. Going from the AFCCG to under is not something an “elite” team does.

    I know Ravens fans REALLY really hate the Patriots. And I would too, if I were a fan of another team. But deep down inside that HAVE to know that the reall reason they hate us, is because they want to BE us. Yeah, you know it’s the truth.

  33. feckyerlife says: Jan 8, 2016 11:52 AM

    Cj Mosley, Jimmy Smith, Brandon Williams, Buck Allen, Maxx Williams, Crocket Gilmore, Ricky Wagner, Perniell McPhee, K. Osemele – sure looks like they missed on drafts too me. those are just some of the gems from the past 4 years. Yeah they missed on a couple like Matt Elam and Arthur Brown. but sure looks like they hit on a lot more than they missed.

    6ball says:
    Jan 8, 2016 11:15 AM

    .
    @clippet522

    ” For every “bust” you can pin on Ozzie/DeCosta, there are 2 gems they’ve picked.”

    Perhaps you haven’t taken a long look at the Ravens recent drafts. They’re hardly exemplary. They’re more like mediocre at best.

  34. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 8, 2016 11:55 AM

    “Because we promote continuity, Eric can afford to be patient. He wouldn’t be patient if we were turning people over all the time. If he wasn’t patient, I would’ve gotten rid of Ozzie seven years ago and hired Eric, and Eric would’ve been out four years ago, and I would’ve had somebody else sitting up here.”
    _______

    Wait, what? If Eric weren’t patient, both he and Ozzie would be fired by now? Seems like that’s more about the owner’s patience.

  35. jim699 says: Jan 8, 2016 12:00 PM

    How many All-pro teams have those “gems” been on?

  36. enoughofthatalready says: Jan 8, 2016 12:25 PM

    ravensfan56 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 11:25 AM
    The Ravens need to draft smarter this year. Ozzie and company have not drafted a pro bowl player since 2008. That is a long time. The Ravens have zero playmakers and their first round pick last year, Breshad Perriman, has yet to take a snap. The smart choice would be to draft a WR like Treadwell in the first round or a defensive lineman like Nkemdiche.

    -Ravens fan


    Mosley was a Pro Bowl player.

  37. bazookajoeflacco says: Jan 8, 2016 12:35 PM

    patfanken says:
    Jan 8, 2016 11:39 AM
    And just because you get to the playoffs better than 50% of the time, means you are a good team, NOT and elite one. For example going from a Superbowl team to out of the playoffs is not an elite team. Going from the AFCCG to under is not something an “elite” team does.
    ——————————————
    AFC East has been and still is the weakest division in football. The bills, Jets, and dolphins hand the Patriots that division on a silver platter every year. No one is impressed and no one is jealous.

  38. angrylionsfan says: Jan 8, 2016 1:08 PM

    The question I guess is how long does DeCosta want to wait? Newsome is 59 so 5 years? 10 years?

    At some point you have to wonder if it’s better to take over the reigns or establish your own success from scratch.

  39. spartan01 says: Jan 8, 2016 2:40 PM

    coltcountrysteelerfan says:
    Jan 8, 2016 11:10 AM

    This team has far too many holes and the immediate future does not look promising.

    ~~~

    Its not what you hear from the people who are unbiased and get paid to analyze football. Keep telling yourself this if it makes you feel better. Only time will tell.

  40. whodey420 says: Jan 8, 2016 2:53 PM

    I won’t even mention the Flacco contract! D’oh! :/

  41. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 8, 2016 4:29 PM

    know Ravens fans REALLY really hate the Patriots. And I would too, if I were a fan of another team. But deep down inside that HAVE to know that the reall reason they hate us, is because they want to BE us. Yeah, you know it’s the truth.

    I think people who hate the Pat’s really just hate their arrogant immature fans as evidenced by the tone of the post. Nobody wants to be known as a cheater…..except Pat’s fans….nuff said.

  42. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 8, 2016 6:05 PM

    Before patting these clowns on the back just remember a statue to a convicted felon and their initial defense of an abuser….really great guys…they are pathetic.

  43. rvnmaniak says: Jan 8, 2016 6:28 PM

    Write all the schmooze articles you want. The last six Ravens drafts have absolutely been below average to say the least. The middle of the Ravens defense should be strong, but we BLEW draft picks on DT Terrence Cody (round 2), MLB Arthur Brown (round 3), and safety Matt Elam (round 1.) Thats not including Sergio Kindle, Courtney Upshaw, and 4 or 5 OLineman that absolutely can’t play their way out of a paper bag. Stop patting Ozzie and DeCosta on the back. They have been lower half of the league for years now.

  44. bmoreb says: Jan 9, 2016 5:35 AM

    The guy has a dream job, making excellent money and doesn’t want to uproot his family for the sake of appeasing people he doesn’t know, aka bloggers.
    Makes sense to me. lol

  45. flaccodelic says: Jan 11, 2016 12:09 PM

    whodey420 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 2:53 PM
    I won’t even mention the Flacco contract! D’oh!:/

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    I’m sorry, is a Bengals fan making themselves heard here today? That is brave. Pretty clear it doesn’t matter who is at QB in Cincy, you guys will bungle any and every opportunity for postseason success in new and never-before-seen ways.

  46. topcide says: Jan 12, 2016 2:46 PM

    flash1287 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 11:25 AM
    Biggest dirt ball owner= Steve Bisciotti

    —————————————————

    Care to elbaborate?

    I am not a Ravens fan, but from what I have read Bisciotti seems like a pretty decent guy. Started a staffing company in a basement with secondhand equipment before he was 25, grew the company and made it big, then was able to purchase a sports team in his own town.

    Built his teams training facility, has provided a reasonably consistent winner and 2 championships.

    With the exception of some bad people-like Ray Lewis being kept on the team, and Ray Rice, who was cut, please explain what makes Bisciotti a dirtball, seems like a pretty good owner to me.

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