Monday, June 20, 2011

Ravens coaches and front office ready for 2011

Without the benefit or the responsibility of coaching and analyzing players, John Harbaugh and his staff have turned to analyzing themselves.

Last week during The Coach’s Buzz program on ESPN 1300, Baltimore Ravens Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta assured us all that the time is being invested wisely.

“[The coaches] have taken the opportunity to do a lot of self-scouting. What has worked and what hasn’t, studying tendencies. We’ve really re-evaluated a lot of different things which I think is critical if you’re trying to get better as a team.”

The front office has been busy as well, preparing for what promises to be a fast and furious hunting season when free agency opens up following a new collective bargaining agreement. According to DeCosta the Ravens have evaluated every potential free agent and they’ve formulated a plan to augment their roster.

And like they have in the past, augmentation is more likely than a big free agent splash.

“The biggest thing is not to panic”, explains DeCosta. “And that has been one of Ozzie’s greatest strengths as general manager.”

Does this mean that All Pro CB Nnamdi Asomugha is not really on the team’s radar screen?

“Tony you’ve been trying to start that rumor for about two years. I think I told you, you have a better chance of becoming the Ravens’ GM than Nnamdi becoming a Raven.”

You can hear the entire interview with Eric DeCosta HERE.