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Reaction to DeCosta: “We want to emulate the Steelers”

Ravens still have some work to do

May 16, 2018 - 7:20 pm
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By Alex Woodward

Eric DeCosta is set to take over as the Ravens GM to fill the shoes of Ozzie Newsome and he’s already making headlines after his appearance this week on the Talk of Fame Network Podcast.

In that discussion he spoke about the impact of Dennis Pitta on the Ravens run to Super Bowl XLVII, his plans as Ozzie Newsome’s replacement and most notably, his admiration of the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

“We’ve tried to build a sustained culture over a period of time, like some of our competitors. We’ve admired the Steelers, even though it’s probably hard for me to say that. Teams like the Steelers who have been able to consistently win, they do it a certain way, and we’ve tried to emulate that and I think we have to a degree.”

I personally don’t see much wrong with his statement. He’s basically saying the Ravens, like all franchises, want to win consistently for a long period of time. That’s not ground breaking information. The thing that got me though, was at the end when he said “I think we have to a degree.”

I completely disagree with that part of his statement. First of all, the Ravens have missed the playoffs 4 out of the past 5 seasons including each of the past 3. The Steelers on the other hand have made the playoffs in 4 of the last 5 years. That alone debunks DeCosta’s statement of the Ravens emulating the Steelers success.

The other way the Ravens have failed to emulate their rival’s success is through the draft. This year, the Ravens went heavy on offense with 8 of their 12 draft picks playing on the offensive side but that was the first true commitment to the offense through the draft in years. Typically they just add veteran receivers in free agency.

The Steelers have built their explosive offense through the draft in the past 8 years as they’ve drafted playmakers, JuJu Smith Schuster, Emmanuel Sanders and Le’Veon Bell in the first 3 rounds and they found an all-world talent in Antonio Brown in the 6th round. On the flip side, the Ravens offense has struggled in each of the past 4 seasons and they have found just 2 offensive playmakers in the first 3 rounds in Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta. Frankly, those are the only offensive playmakers they have hit on in the past 8 seasons.

Hopefully this season the Ravens have struck gold in Hayden Hurst, Mark Andrews, Lamar Jackson, Jordan Lasley and Jaleel Scott. If that comes true they will start to emulate the Steelers success but to say they have already accomplished that feat is just simply untrue. As much as we don’t want to hear it, Pittsburgh has had more success through the draft and in the regular season for the past few seasons and if you’re looking to point the finger; it starts with the offense.

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