Thursday, December 31, 2009

Could Eric DeCosta be on the move?


The movers and shakers in this offseason may consist of more than just players and coaches. Other organizations are keenly interested in the Ravens’ Director of Personnel, Eric DeCosta. Earlier this season on our Ravens Rap Show at the Greene Turtle in Ocean City, Maryland, Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti joined us and DeCosta was among the many topics we covered.

In so many words Bisciotti anointed DeCosta as the heir apparent to Ozzie Newsome yet like everyone else, Bisciotti isn’t sure if and when Newsome will step down and consequently he recognizes that the team could lose the talents of his Director of Personnel to another club.

Word is that at least three other teams have approached DeCosta. Last time I checked, there is no front office salary cap. Maybe Bisciotti should ante up and come to some sort of formal agreement with DeCosta before he and Newsome are both gone. That is a haunting thought. Keep in mind that locking up DeCosta could provide stability to the Ravens front office for many years. The 38 year old native of Taunton, MA has worked his way up from a scouting assistant and has been with the club since its inception.

12 comments :

Harryos29 said...

Harry os 29 DEC 31st 2009
Having Met Eric at a Ravens Nest mtg and having listened to his presentation/explaination of the Ravens 2009 draft....

Here is my take
. He is an invaluable part of the organizatin and STEVE B... .shuld find out what he is looking for in the way of position and money.. and PONEY UP..
It they lose Eric...
it will not be Happy New year at the Castle

Anonymous said...

I thought they would lose a lot when Phil Savage left in 2004. The roster has been completely overhauled and the team has remained competitive and even one of the better teams in the league. I don't know if it's a credit to Ozzie, DeCosta, Steve B, Harbaugh, etc. Our drafts from 2006 to 2009 have been fantastic and I am confident that this team is in good hands from a front-office perspective. These guys know what they are doing---I shook my head at the Ladarius Webb and Ray Rice picks, at the time when they were made. Shows you what I know. In Ozzie and DeCosta I trust.

Harryos29 said...

Harry OS 29 Dec 31 2009..
While waiting for the ball to drop in TIMES-SQUARE, what better way to spend a snowy afternoon, talking RAVENS football.
...Anonymous, is right on! The organization has continued to perform at a high level with the Draft picks, even though, talented people, whom WE deemed as invaluable have moved on; But, the ship is still headed in the Right Direction. Hats off to the TEAM: Harbaugh is right when he preaches the TEAM concept.
Happy New year to ANONYMOUS and the rest of the Writers and lets go out to Oakland and OPEN UP a CAM of WHooP-ASS on the Raiders and Start the New Year off in the Right direction.

Harryos29 said...

Harry os 29 Dec 31st
This may be OFF TOPIC, but the Ravens NEED a Wide Receiver, and if the CAP works in our favor...I'd love to see the Ravens sign Cowboys W/R Miles Austin... I was just on PFT, and they have a current list of potential Free Agents...

Cowboys (12): receiver Miles Austin, defensive end Stephen Bowen, cornerback Cletis Gordon, defensive end Jason Hatcher, receiver Sam Hurd, tackle Pat McQuistan, center Duke Preston, guard Cory Procter, safety Gerald Sensabaugh, defensive end Marcus Spears, safety Pat Watkins, kicker Shaun Suisham.

Jerry B said...

Again, TL, mixed emotions. Continuity is an important element to success in the corporate world and pro football is certainly no exception. In fact, it could be argued that it's even more important in sports. The Ravens have lost any number of front office personnel over the years who have not exactly distinguished themselves elsewhere, which leads to the conclusion that Ozzie is the indispensible part of the equation. That being said,if Eric DeCosta has distinguished himself to the point of being considered Ozzie's "heir apparent", it's incumbent upon Bisciotti to do all he can to retain him!

Anonymous said...

By all accounts, DeCosta is a very nice man and very hard worker and obviously is very friendly with TL, but the fact remains that the Ravens drafting from the 2nd-7th rounds has taken a huge slide in the years since he took over for Savage (Ozzie pays more significant personal attention to the 1st rounders.) Very few of his UFAs have also contributed in that timeframe (compared to Savage's magic in finding the likes of Priest Holmes, Bart Scott, Maake Kemoeatu, and on and on. Player personnel moves this offseason also were subpar after he took over for George Kokinis in that function.

I'm crossing my fingers he does get a GM job elsewhere to open the door for Savage to return. This is certainly a minority opinion by readers of this website, but if you lay out all the 2nd-7th round draft choices and UFA signings before and after he took over, you'll see what I mean. For every Ray Rice and LeRon McClain, there are three David Pittmans and Dan Codys. I'll now duck for cover, but please try to keep it civil and somewhat intelligent when you yell at me. This is simply an OPINION. "Don Banks", this means you probably shouldn't waste anymore effort with your blathering.

Harryos29 said...

Harry OS 29 Jan 1st, 2010
TO MR ANONYMOUS...you'd better duck, because those of us who support Eric, support Eric and we are coming after you like a bunch of WILD HOGS, like the TV Movie I watched last night...
"Happy New Year to TONY and all of the Regular Bloggers!

Anonymous said...

It's just football, Harry. After I bob and weave and tire you out, I'll offer you a couple cold ones.

Harryos29 said...

Harry OS 29 Jan 1 2010 1:10 pm
Hey,, I know...all of this stuff is just fun..and very low on the scale of really important things in life.
I'm just having fun with this. AT 65 years of age, I've seen many GM's in Baltimore come and go. I read the John Feinstein book , NEXT MAN UP, not to long ago... I think it applies to all of us!!!
Cheers,

Casey W said...

Mr. Anonymous--
DeCosta aside, Phil Savage? Do you not understand how badly of a train wreck his career in Clevaland became? Besides the numerous PR blunders, mishires, etc, his drafting was utterly deplorable. That goes back to his last draft in Baltimore in 2004. For God sakes, look no further than Haloti Ngata. The only reason we even have the Pro Bowler in the Charm City is because Savage essentially flopped spots with us.

I think you undervalue DeCosta a little. He started slow in 2005 with slop like Terry and Cody but I think his '06, '07, '08, and '09 drafts are stellar.

In the end, since Ozzie was and has been the boss in Baltimore, I tend to give him either the credit or the blame.

Using that same logic, I think you'd have to admit that Savage was a disaster in Cleveland. Let's hope the Browns keep Quinn in the lineup. He makes Kyle Boller look like Joe Montana and that alone is worth two wins a year.

Don Banks said...

Anon--
since you invoked my name along with phil savage's let me be brief and appropriate. go root for steelers. @#?? you!

happy new year.

Anonymous said...

I'm not suggesting that Savage be the GM, only the college scouting director. As you pointed out, he is clearly not GM material, but then again the owner in Cleveland is a nut, so who knows what went on there. No one drafted better than the Ravens in the eight years Savage was here. That's what he does best - not negotiate salaries, deal with agents, manage the cap, etc. The Ravens have been below average drafting team in the 2nd-7th rounds since then. It's plain as day.