Tuesday, February 03, 2009

And the next Ravens' GM is...


Odds & Ends…the realignment of the Ravens’ front office positions Eric DeCosta to be the team’s next GM once Ozzie steps down. DeCosta is now the Director of Player Personnel with direct reports of Vince Newsome (Pro Personnel) and Joe Hortiz (College Personnel). DeCosta will now become more involved with contracts, the cap, and other non-collegiate personnel decisions and for all intents and purposes, he is the Assistant GM. George Kokinis’ departure, an executive who was viewed by some as DeCosta’s equal within the organization, helped pave the way for the promotions…Greg Mattison takes over for Rex Ryan as the defensive coordinator. Players and coaches don’t expect any measurable drop off as a result of defensive scheming or lack thereof given the departure of “Mad Scientist” Ryan. There does seem to be a growing consensus though that the defense will be less exotic, more basic yet hardly less aggressive. If you recall, the Ravens record setting defense from 2000 employed very traditional scheming and concepts…Word is that Cam Cameron has shared with insiders that Ray Rice was underutilized in the post season, particularly against the Steelers.

9 comments :

Harryos29 said...

harry o 29 Feb 3rd
... To say that Ray Rice was underutilized is an Understatement. Ray is the only weapon that the Ravens had, who could compare with Willie Parker.
... So is Cam admitting that he did not use Ray enough.?. or can I read between the Lines that HARBAUGH did not want to put a ROOKIE out there? ..He should have. he had a rookie QB running the show.
On the possible changes that you hint at.. I talked with a local media person tonite.. who thinks that RAY LEWIS is GONE!

Anonymous said...

Let's hope Eric DeCosta is a better player personnel director than college scouting director. His litany of failed or underachieving 2nd-4th rounders (Dwan Edwards , Yamon Figurs, Dan Cody, David Pittman, Musa Smith, Demetrius Williams, Marcus Smith, David Hale, Oniell Cousins, on an on) severely hampered team depth in 2007 and caused a salary cap crunch presently because of all the free agents that had to signed for 2008. By the way, most of those free agents were astute choices led by George Kokinis, who will be missed dearly in the front office.

Nico Tessi said...

hey anonymous, any team in the league would want the ravens draft record......flacco, rice, jbrown, cchester, myanda, gaither, ngata, suggs, landry, grubbs,koch, jarrett, on and on(to steal your phrase). and what salary cap crunch are you referring to? and what free-agents did we sign??? Frank Walker, Ayanbadejo and Leonhard???? good signings but very cheap contracts. the Ravens have a great cap situation and will be even better when they drop cmac. you don't know what you are talking about. the team didn't make the afc championship in spite of the drafting...ravens are the fourth youngest team in the league (age-average) and were fourth in the league in terms of games missed by starters due to injury (rick gosselin, dfw press) and the ONLY team in the top 10 that made the playoffs---a tribute to the depth of OUR Baltimore Ravens.

sav jr. said...

anon--
it's a little early to write off cousins, hale, and m smith, isn't it? i mean, they all rooks....how do cousins and hale see the field with our current start lineup unless guys go down? let's look at cup half full...go root for stillers...#$@# you.

Anonymous said...

If our owner is smart, he should lock up Eric DeCosta as the next GM to succeed Ozzie Newsome. We don't need Cleveland stealing any more front office personnel.

Anonymous said...

Nico Tessi - Add Willie Anderson, Fabian Washington as necessary plugs to the holes caused by DeCosta's inept middle round drafting. Also, Suggs, Jarrett Johnson, and Jason Brown were selected on Phil Savage's watch, so your good pick list gets smaller. And yes, the Ravens had good depth THIS year mostly because of Kokinis, but they had no depth in 2007 because of DeCosta.

Sav Jr - When you have to sign Chad Slaughter late in the season to backup the OL because you have zero confidence in Cousins and Hale, then no, it's not too early to write them off.

Also, have you noticed how very few undrafted free agents selected by DeCosta have become quality players. I'm struggling to think of even one. Only one UFA even made the team this year. Before DeCosta, It was a succession of Priest Holmes, Will Demps, Mike Flynn, Bart Scott, and "on and on".

action jax said...

anon----
DeCosta gets credit for Jason Brown...He was part of the clayton cody draft....look it up. And, if you are dinging Decosta for Musa Smith then you have to give credit to Decosta for Jarrett Johnson and Suggs....They were part of the same draft. do your homework....when you post, you are expected to know what you are talking about.

Casey W said...

2004 draft was savage too. Dwan Edwards was his...not ED's.

Anonymous said...

jameel mcclain? undrafted free-agent. duh......