A tearful goodbye for Ozzie Newsome after final draft

AP

Zach Sieler may or may not become a key cog of the Ravens future.

But as long as he’s on the roster, he’ll represent an important link to their past.

The sixth-round defensive lineman from Ferris State was the 193rd pick in the draft, but the final pick for Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome.

It was emotional,” Newsome said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “The kid told me that he was going to make me proud.”

Newsome already has plenty of reasons to be. A Hall of Fame player as a tight end for the Browns, he became the first African-American G.M. in the NFL, and held that post with distinction. In 23 years, he drafted a pair of Hall of Fame players, three defensive players of the year, an offensive player of the year and 18 Pro Bowlers, while putting together two Super Bowl teams.

The Ravens announced in February that Newsome was transitioning to an unspecified consultant role and longtime assistant Eric DeCosta would take over, and DeCosta was one of those whose feelings bubbled up as Newsome called Sieler and the draft room gave a standing ovation that must have confused the poor kid on the phone.

“I would say that it is emotional. There’s no doubt,” DeCosta said while choking up. “Ozzie has taught me a lot about football, but more about life. That’s going to continue.”

Owner Steve Bisciotti switched the chairs of Newsome and DeCosta in the draft room, a symbolic torch-passing.

“It’s been a lot of picks,” Newsome said. “A lot of wins and a lot of losses. Even though it’s a finality with that, it’s not finality with what we’ll continue to do for the Baltimore Ravens.”

It’s also far from the end of Newsome’s legacy in football, after a brilliant career on and off the field.

21 responses to “A tearful goodbye for Ozzie Newsome after final draft

  1. By the times it’s all said and done Reed will be in the HoF and if suggs can cap off his career with solid play he’ll be in Canton one day (not first ballot) and the announcers this year were talking about Yanda having prospects for the HoF, which I don’t see but you never know.

  2. They Ravens are low on my Christmas card list, but I have to give it up for Ozzie. I don’t sweat the outcomes of Pats home games too much the last 18 years, but there might not be a team I worry more about walking into Foxboro and taking our lunch. Even in down years, there’s just something about that team, they’re a tough out more often than not. HoF career on the field, HoF career in the front office. Can’t do anything but respect that.

  3. Biscotti should honor Ozzie by calling the field Ozzie Newsome field at M&T stadium, since all the players either made their mark or couldn’t hack it on that field in front of many fans.

  4. As a life-long Browns fan who lived thru both Ozzie’s amazing playing days as well as the horror of ripping the Browns away from Cleveland, the move to Baltimore and all their success there largely as a result of Ozzie’s draft prowess and steady GM hand, it would be easy to have mixed emotions about Ozzie and his legacy, to say the least. But he’s always been class. It’s a special form of comic injustice particular to Cleveland that things ended up the way they did but I personally do not know any Browns fans who fault Ozzie or hold any hostility towards him. I hope he has an easy retirement. And I hope DeCosta sucks eggs!

  5. All those games when the Browns needed a first down or a TD and Ozzie always came through. Can’t really be emotional since the original franchise along with him bounced long ago, but he’ll always be welcomed in NE Ohio.

  6. RussianBreadMaker says:
    April 30, 2018 at 7:59 am
    It is time for Ozzie, the good days have definitely passed him by. Just look at his first round pick, it was atrocious.

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    Outside of his 2013 draft, which yielded 2 good starters, he’s been atrocious for like 8 years now.

  7. Wildy overrated. His fans say it’s just his more recent draft classes haven’t met the highs of his early ones. But almost all the top names of Ravens’ best phase from 2008-2012 arrived from 1996-2007. And yet from 1996-98 Ted Marchibroda made the picks and trades (with a bumper 1996 draft crop set up by Belichick in 1995 when the team was still the Browns). And then from 1999 thru 2007 Brian Billick decided on the picks and trades. After that strong 1995-2007 bedrock began filtering out after 2012, the team regressed – and that’s the real Ozzie record as drafting-GM.

  8. shadywarrior says:
    April 30, 2018 at 6:51 am
    They Ravens are low on my Christmas card list, but I have to give it up for Ozzie. I don’t sweat the outcomes of Pats home games too much the last 18 years, but there might not be a team I worry more about walking into Foxboro and taking our lunch. Even in down years, there’s just something about that team, they’re a tough out more often than not. HoF career on the field, HoF career in the front office. Can’t do anything but respect that.

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    Give me a break. They beat a Welker-less rebuilding team in 2009 that was pretty average overall, after Brady returned from his lost 2008 season. Their best claim to fame was the 2012 playoff game where they got really hot, deer antler spray was passed around, and they won the SB due to Kaepernick choking at the goal line, 4 times in a row.

    Other than that, NE has owned Baltimore. Look at the all time record when Newsome has been there.

    Numerous 6-10 or 7-9 seasons through the years.

  9. tylawspick6 says:
    April 30, 2018 at 9:10 am
    shadywarrior says:
    April 30, 2018 at 6:51 am
    They Ravens are low on my Christmas card list, but I have to give it up for Ozzie. I don’t sweat the outcomes of Pats home games too much the last 18 years, but there might not be a team I worry more about walking into Foxboro and taking our lunch. Even in down years, there’s just something about that team, they’re a tough out more often than not. HoF career on the field, HoF career in the front office. Can’t do anything but respect that.

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    Give me a break. They beat a Welker-less rebuilding team in 2009 that was pretty average overall, after Brady returned from his lost 2008 season. Their best claim to fame was the 2012 playoff game where they got really hot, deer antler spray was passed around, and they won the SB due to Kaepernick choking at the goal line, 4 times in a row.

    Other than that, NE has owned Baltimore. Look at the all time record when Newsome has been there.

    Numerous 6-10 or 7-9 seasons through the years.

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    Your biased cherry-picking aside, the fact that you appear so quickly in every Ravens comments thread speaks to just how completely they live in your head.

  10. Too bad Ozzie didn’t treat every draft like it was his last. With that said, I’m glad he was in the FO for the most part. He made some great picks along the way. I faulted him for not keeping up with the times, and then last year he put all his eggs in the defensive bucket when there were some darn good WRs out there. I hope this year’s picks pan out and add to his legacy.

  11. streetyson says:
    April 30, 2018 at 9:09 am
    Wildy overrated. His fans say it’s just his more recent draft classes haven’t met the highs of his early ones. But almost all the top names of Ravens’ best phase from 2008-2012 arrived from 1996-2007. And yet from 1996-98 Ted Marchibroda made the picks and trades (with a bumper 1996 draft crop set up by Belichick in 1995 when the team was still the Browns). And then from 1999 thru 2007 Brian Billick decided on the picks and trades. After that strong 1995-2007 bedrock began filtering out after 2012, the team regressed – and that’s the real Ozzie record as drafting-GM.

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    Absolutely. He was nice to the media, a former player and kissed butt to get public adulation, but he’s been bad for years.

    For years and years I could never understand the hype around Ted Thompson and Ozzie Newsome.

    Each took something good and ran it into the ground.

  12. tylawspick6 says:
    April 30, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Other than that, NE has owned Baltimore. Look at the all time record when Newsome has been there.

    Ravens under Ozzie are 190-161-1 (23 seasons). Undefeated in the Super Bowl. It took Ozzie only 5 years to accomplish what the Pats couldn’t do for 41 years- win a Super Bowl.

    Ozzie is the Tom Brady of GMs. The GOAT. He will have drafted more HOF players than any GM in NFL history.

  13. streetyson says:
    April 30, 2018 at 9:09 am

    But almost all the top names of Ravens’ best phase from 2008-2012 arrived from 1996-2007.

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    So you’re saying the players who played in 2008 and beyond were drafted from the years prior to 2008. That’s amazing insight.

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