Ozzie Newsome on recent drafts: “I need to take all the blame”

AP

Before Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome answers some uncomfortable questions later today, he had to face the uncomfortable truth about his own recent performance.

And he didn’t shy away from the fact that his recent drafts have included a number of misses on high picks, out of character for him and a part of the reason they’ve missed the playoffs three straight years.

“No doubt,” Newsome said, via Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun. “Just like it was when we were having success, we were getting all the credit, and when we haven’t had the success, I need to take all the blame and it falls right on me.

“John [Harbaugh] and his staff do an unbelievable job, but we have to do a better job of bringing in players. Whether that’s through the draft, free agency or trades, we have to do better. And hopefully, when we sit here at Game 16, we’re already in the playoffs and not trying to get in the playoffs.”

Newsome’s entering his final draft in charge, before the reins are passed to longtime assistant Eric DeCosta. And with memories of some less-than-stellar picks like Matt Elam and Breshad Perriman on his resume lately, there’s more pressure to finish strong. But Newsome wasn’t in any mood to be sentimental, three weeks ahead of his last turn at the wheel.

“I really haven’t thought about that,” Newsome said. “I’ve been more just preparing for this draft.

“What’s going to occur a year from now is not in my thought process. It’s just making this the best draft that we can this year. That’s what’s been my focus.”

Newsome and Harbaugh will have a different focus today, as they’ll be questioned under oath regarding the Colin Kaepernick grievance, and the fact they just signed Robert Griffin III will provide an interesting atmosphere (though defending Griffin over Kaepernick as a football decision might require them to stretch first).

17 responses to “Ozzie Newsome on recent drafts: “I need to take all the blame”

  1. Once Ray Lewis retired his picks are doing horribly. A big part of his success was getting talented guys who slipped due to character or work ethic issues and Ray would make them become high effort players who stay out of trouble.

  2. Ozzie is getting along in age and he’s probably delegating a lot more these days. Ozzie is a good guy who doesn’t point fingers and doesn’t get coaches fired.

  3. It shows who the real brain behind their success was, Joe Douglas. The Ravens drafted great among other things when he was there and horrible since he left. While the Eagles have been drafting, trading, and signing great since he arrived. Its not a coincidence.

  4. “It shows who the real brain behind their success was, Joe Douglas. The Ravens drafted great among other things when he was there and horrible since he left. While the Eagles have been drafting, trading, and signing great since he arrived. Its not a coincidence.”

    Kind of like Scot McCloughan. He built the Niners into a team that made the Super Bowl, then he picked Wilson, Chancellor and Sherman for SEA. Neither of those teams have matched those amazing drafts. He didn’t do so much in 2 years in WAS, and now he’s consulting with the brain trust front office of the Browns, built of guys who have successfully developed other squads thru the draft and FA. Schneider hasn’t done nearly as much since McCloughan’s great drafts.

  5. ” I need to take all the blame and it falls right on me.”

    No one is going to argue with you Ozzie.
    At least you are man enough to admit your mistakes.

  6. Michael E says:
    April 5, 2018 at 8:25 am
    Look at their draft record with Brian Billick and after he was gone. That says it all.

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    Sure. Billick was a genius. Just ask him.

  7. Wow, he was behind the players that won Two Super Bowls but the critics forget that very big stat. The Only other GM that has done that whos active is the HOF GM & coach Belichick and executive Coughlan, who wasnt a GM when he won. Too many ignorant people posting, sad. Btw, whos the Steelers gm, has he won two or more?

  8. His playing career alone is HOF worthy plus throw in a 2-0 SB record as a GM. First ballot.

  9. thegreatjimbrown says…Scot McCloughan didn’t draft Wilson. Schneider picked Wilson. He wanted to take him in the second round but they took Bobby Wagner (Pete Carroll’s pick), but when Wilson was still there in the third John got his guy.

  10. If you “need” to take all the blame, then just go ahead and do it. That’s like saying “I need to go to the bathroom.” Until you actually do it, you haven’t done it.

  11. “I need to take all the blame”
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    That’s what Johnny Manzel should have said instead of blaming the Browns for drafting him.

    There is no shame in accountability. There is plenty of shame in passing the buck.

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