On Jan. 30, the Baltimore Ravens held an introductory press conference for new general manager Eric DeCosta. A lot of speculation on how DeCosta will handle the franchise has bounced around since taking his new role. He has quickly reassured Ravens fans that there won’t be too much change by saying, “It would be foolish to change everything overnight.”
When asked about how he may look at players differently, DeCosta said he wants players to impose their will on opponents while being financially responsible. DeCosta was also asked about his thoughts on analytics, to which he said, “I think it is a useful tool and could help make decisions.” He went on to say that he believes that he values analytics more than adviser Ozzie Newsome does.
DeCosta also discussed impending free agent C.J. Mosley’s status with the team going forward. He stated that the Ravens are preparing to do whatever it takes to keep him in Baltimore. Signing Mosley to a long-term deal must take priority for the Ravens this offseason. Mosley has played a huge role in the Ravens defense. Unfortunately, the Ravens might have to venture out of their new comfort zone to sign Mosley. While DeCosta wants to be financially responsible, the news has been consistent on their wish to re-sign Mosley.
The new general manager, when asked about his agenda on building this new Ravens offense, said “it’s fun” to build around young quarterback Lamar Jackson. He’ll be looking to the offensive coaches to help build the offense to Lamar’s personal needs. DeCosta went on to say that he “thinks players respect talent,” when addressing if it would be a difficulty to attract wide receivers.
This moment in Ravens history might be in transition but they will have an accelerated timetable in their period of transition. The Ravens have never really been slow out the gate under Harbaugh. So, with the same head coach at the wheel, you will see the same results as the 2018 Colts. The only thing fans need to worry about is if the Ravens can have better results.