Coaches, Personnel Rate Each Player

All hands are on deck this week in Owings Mills, including owner Steve Bisciotti.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

The Ravens had a packed house in Owings Mills this week, as all of their coaches and personnel staffers were on hand for the yearly tradition of dissecting the roster.
From Monday to Wednesday, the group goes through every player to rate their contributions from the 2009 campaign and forecast them for 2010.
“It’s our time to talk about the team and go through the whole season, soup to nuts,” said Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta.  ” It’s about the players, talking about the different issues each one had, injury status and evaluating how they played this year and how they’ll play in the future.  It’s a chance for us to take all different accounts into consideration – salary cap, durability, performance – and hash it all out.”
With a potential uncapped year still and uncertainty barring a new collective bargaining agreement by March, free agency a month away and the draft not taking place until April 22, the Ravens first want to turn their attentions inward.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, who is the keynote speaker at the National Sports Forum Tuesday night at M&T Bank Stadium, was also in the building as general manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh’s respective crews joined forces in the large board room at the team headquarters.
“We all meet together,”‘ DeCosta noted.   “The coaches have a chance to discuss their own players, and then we get into a bigger forum.  It’s about building a consensus on players and a lot of discussion. 
“It’s hard to prepare for the draft or free agency when you haven’t talked about your own team.  Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your whole roster is critical when you’re trying to plan for the future.”
The Ravens will hold their annual “State of the Ravens” press conference on Wednesday afternoon featuring Bisciotti, Newsome, Harbaugh and team president Dick Cass.

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