Eric Decosta

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Eric Decosta Won't Change Core Organizational Philosophies

January 31, 2019 - 2:58 pm

By Tim Barbalace

Eric Decosta joined the Ravens organization as an intern back in 1996.  Twenty-three years later he was officially introduced as the General Manager of the team. 

"This is a very, very humbling experience for me standing up here today in the city I love, working for this organization I live," Decosta said. "This has been a dream of mine since I was six years old."

The Ravens have done plenty of winning during Decosta's tenure with the organization that dates back to its inception.  Baltimore has advanced to the postseason 11 times, won five AFC North titles and two Super Bowls.  The team has used the draft as its primary source to build their roster while using free agency to supplement it.

"We've done a lot of really good things in the past, and we'd be foolish just to want to change things overnight," Decosta said.

One area that may differ between Ozzie Newsome's time as General Manager will be to incorporate analytics. Decosta has stated over the past year that he would like to integrate analytics into decision making in building a roster.

"We've got a staff of about 4 or 5 people that help in different ways," Decosta said. "Analytics is a useful tool that we use, not any different than anything else we need. Analytics is a way that I see of organizing information."

The Ravens are expected to enter this offseason with more cap space than normal.  Baltimore is expected to use some of that cap room to re-sign some of their impending free agents or possibly work on extensions for players.  Many of their own drafted and developed players have left in recent offseasons due to the team not having enough money to retain them, but Decosta is hoping that trend will change.

“We want to keep our best players as long as we can. That’s always going to be something that I want to do,” DeCosta said.  “If there’s one thing that I regret is that we’ve lost some good, young talent over the years just because we couldn’t bring them back. We look at the numbers as being crazy even though the numbers really aren’t crazy if that’s what people are paying.”

Decosta surely has his work cut out for him as he is replacing Ozzie Newsome and will help guide the team into a new era of Ravens football with Lamar Jackson at quarterback.  He acknowledged that there would be some challenges, but he is prepared for it.

"I promise I will justify Steve Bisciotti's faith in me going forward," Decosta said.