Bisciotti’s Closing Statement To Fans

Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti poured over fans’ comments for a half-hour this week.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Thursday, January 20th, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti hears you, fans.

So to cap Thursday’s season-ending press conference, Bisciotti wanted to speak directly to you. In fact, he even made a list of your recommendations and read them aloud.

Here’s his list:

  • Re-sign [Haloti] Ngata, [Marc] Bulger, [Josh] Wilson, [Sam] Koch, [Billy] Cundiff, [Jameel] McClain, [Marshal] Yanda, [Chris] Carr and T.J. [Houshmandzadeh]
  • Change the offense
  • Sign or draft a big left tackle and fast wide receivers
  • Add a big shutdown corner and a dominant edge rusher
  • Get faster players
  • Get smarter players
  • Get more veterans, but get younger
  • Fire Ozzie [Newsome], Cam [Cameron], [Greg] Mattison and [Joe] Flacco
  • Don’t be a tool, Bisciotti, or ‘Bis-cot-ee,’ as they said
  • Get a deal done with the union
  • And finally, don’t be a meddlesome owner

“I promise you we’ll get as many of those things done in the offseason as we can,” Bisciotti said to the laughter of the assembled media.

Bisciotti said he returned from the owners meetings in Atlanta this past Tuesday and spent about a half-hour reading fan comments on the Internet.

“I don’t have much argument,” Bisciotti said. “There are a lot of things that you all [the media] are pretty accurate [about] when it comes to assessing the team, and so are our fans. They’re committed, they’re knowledgeable. And right now, they’re really frustrated. But, we’re trying to put a good product on the field for you, and it requires all the employees here that give their heart and soul to it.”

“I just want the fans to know that though we don’t give you 100 percent result, we do give you 100 percent effort. I’m proud of these guys.”

Expectations around Baltimore were sky-high this season after the team reached the divisional round of the playoffs last year and added a bounty of talent in the offseason to go along with their burgeoning young stars.

Some players spoke of their “Super Bowl or bust” mentality before the season began and brought it up again in the playoffs. Bisciotti spoke to how those expectations play into fan frustration.

“I’m kind of getting used to it,” Bisciotti said. “The further you go in this thing, the harder the fall. I totally get it. I’m a fan too of a bunch of different sports and I know what it feels like. But you don’t hope to underperform so you lower people’s expectations. It’s not a good recipe for success.”

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