Ozzie Newsome stepping down after season

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Ravens assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta has turned down plenty of chances to move up a chair.

Now, he knows when he will.

Via Jeff Zrebeic of the Baltimore Sun, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said that longtime G.M. Ozzie Newsome will step down at the end of next season and that DeCosta would finally take over.

Newsome, 61, will stay on as a consultant after next year, and Bisciotti joked about him being the highest-paid scout in the league.

The Hall of Fame tight end built two Super Bowl champions in Baltimore. He was the league’s first minority G.M.

DeCosta has been tabbed as his successor for years, and has turned down every chance to interview elsewhere, including the Packers this offseason.

37 responses to “Ozzie Newsome stepping down after season

  1. Important part left out.. Steve said Ozzie signed five year contract with the understanding that Eric would then take over. Next season is his 5th year of that contract. This has nothing to do with Ozzie “stepping down.”

  2. He was not the genius people made him out to be. Notice the performance of his picks once Ray Lewis left. I now believe he benefited greatly from Ray keeping guys in line and focused on maximizing their gifts. Once he was gone all the ‘late round gems’ Ozzie was credited with failed due to character and work ethic issues.

    He was still a solid GM and his longevity proves that. I just wanted to dispel all the praise he gets come draft weekend.

  3. arclight1972 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    He hasn’t drafted all that well in quite a while.

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    2016 Draft – Matt Judon in 5th, Willie Henry in 4th, Alex Lewis in 4th, Tavon Young in 4th.

    Pretty good draft picks imo. Obviously he misses like everyone else does.

  4. It’s probably for the best at this point. With that being said it’s crazy how ravens fans are just dismissing him. He drafted loads of elite talent through the years, much of which will be headed to the hall of fame, that brought the Ravens two Super Bowls. Everyone loses their touch eventually, but it doesn’t mean he isn’t a Ravens legend.

  5. Can Ozzie Newsome make the HOF a second time as a GM? Feel like he would deserve it, between the longtime accomplishments and status as first minority GM.

  6. When you win you’re a genius. When you don’t win you’re a turd. Just like every other gm in the nfl.

  7. hasnivek says:
    February 2, 2018 at 2:26 pm
    How do they satisfy the Rooney rule when the replacement has been announced a year in advance? Maybe they can interview Tee Martin.
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    I’m a man of color and advocate using common sense and waive the Rooney Rule where there is an internal promotion.

  8. The Ravens have been rebuilding for 5 years since they last won the Super Bowl while paying Flacco an outsized contract. That’s not particularly easy as only New England and Pittsburgh have pulled it off to where they weren’t going terrible seasons in the process since you get the double whammy of usually a middle of the pack finish and the big cap contract stopping you from going all in on free agency. Thus, I say job well done since the defense is as good as ever, and they just need to tweak a few things on offense to get back to the upper echelon of the league, assuming Flacco can play more like the end of last year and not the first half and the previous 2 years.

  9. Funny how people are knocking Ozzie for “not having good drafts in awhile”. By his standards, that’s very true. By the average NFL GM, he still has top 10 drafts year-in-year-out.

    If he wasn’t already in the HOF as a player, he would certainly be in as a GM. He will go down as one of the greatest GMs of all-time. Any argument against that is either biased or ignorant. Ozzie has built the Ravens from 1996 into a 2-time Super Bowl champion franchise whose Super Bowl success is only topped by the Patriots.

  10. In his last year at the helm may he finally land that impact WR he’s been trying to draft his whole reign.

  11. clipper222 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 2:42 pm
    Funny how people are knocking Ozzie for “not having good drafts in awhile”. By his standards, that’s very true. By the average NFL GM, he still has top 10 drafts year-in-year-out.

    If he wasn’t already in the HOF as a player, he would certainly be in as a GM. He will go down as one of the greatest GMs of all-time. Any argument against that is either biased or ignorant. Ozzie has built the Ravens from 1996 into a 2-time Super Bowl champion franchise whose Super Bowl success is only topped by the Patriots.

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    dude, he has two good picks that he ahs bugetes for since 2010 and got caught wih hat flacco contract, sent other teams into cap hell, and the product sucks.

    it’s hilarious

    hint: don’t be arrogant and work wih the commissioner to try to cheat the pats as your main focus and where your energy goes.

  12. I tend to agree with clipper222. Not only has he done it twice but he has done so with sub-standard QBs – meaning he has built rosters. No one is mistaking Dilfer for a franchise QB, and people are learning Flacco isn’t either.

  13. Can’t believe some people tried to compare Ozie to Belichick. When it comes GMs, there is Belichick all by himself then everyone else.

  14. The Ravens basically use Alabama as their minor league system. It’s not rocket science. Since Joe Douglas left the organization, they’re talent level has slipped precipitously.

  15. If he wasn’t already in the HOF as a player, he would certainly be in as a GM.
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    2 Super Bowls?

    Jimmy Johnson should hvae been in years ago, if that were the bar.

  16. hasnivek says:
    February 2, 2018 at 2:26 pm
    How do they satisfy the Rooney rule when the replacement has been announced a year in advance?
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    When an internal candidate has a ‘step-up’ clause in his contract the Rooney Rule doesn’t apply.

  17. aarons444 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    If he wasn’t already in the HOF as a player, he would certainly be in as a GM.
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    2 Super Bowls?

    Jimmy Johnson should hvae been in years ago, if that were the bar.
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    After Tom Flores

  18. Congrats to Ozzie on a great stint as GM. He built 2 SB squads and one of the best Defenses in the history of the NFL (76 Steelers, 85 Bears, 00 Ravens – flip a coin). 2011-2015 misses don’t diminish a legendary career, both as a player and GM. Respect.

  19. It’s good to see DeCosta being loyal to his organization and honoring the deal that he made. Not everyone who accepts money to be a successor is that honorable. I don’t think we’ll be seeing DeCosta hastily scribbling that he’s stepping down as “GM of the BR” on a napkin just before his introductory press conference.

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