When the Baltimore Ravens reached an agreement with Director of Player Personnel, Eric DeCosta, to remain with the organization and not interview for other team’s general manger positions, it raised the question of whether DeCosta would be taking over for Ozzie Newsome, sooner rather than later.
At the team’s annual season-ending “state of the Ravens” press conference Wednesday, Newsome shot down those rumors, saying he does not have any intent on retiring in the near future.
“I enjoy coming to work every single day,” Newsome said, via MASNSports.com. “I work with good people. I enjoy Steve (Bisciotti), Dick (Cass). John (Harbaugh) and I, we have a blast together – the coaches, my staff. I enjoy coming to work. I don’t know if I have a bad day. I might make a lot of mistakes, but I don’t know if I have a bad day at the office. With the people that are in the building, I really, really enjoy what I do.”
Newsome has worked in the Ravens’ front office since the team moved to Baltimore in 1996, and has served as the team’s general manager since November of 2002, becoming one of the NFL’s most recognizable and respected executives in that time.
He’s been linked to be a candidate for the athletic director’s position at Alabama University, his Alma Mater.
While DeCosta has been talked about as the team’s quote, unquote “GM in-waiting,” it appears he’ll be waiting sometime before he gets his crack to take over for Newsome.
“I don’t know how much longer (I’ll do this), Newsome said. “l “I want Super Bowls. Steve and I talk about two Super Bowls and three Super Bowls. Once I get to that point, I’ll start deciding. But I enjoy coming to work every day. This is a great place to come to work at. And, these three guys up here, they’re great to work with.”