Ravens Execs Discuss Upgrades

The Ravens’ personnel meeting on Tuesday will set the tone for the draft and free agency.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

The offseason officially began when the Ravens exited the playoffs with a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but Tuesday’s all-hands personnel meeting – which includes Owner Steve Bisciotti, Head Coach John Harbaugh and General Manger Ozzie Newsome – is an important mile-marker on the road to improvement.
Just days removed from the Senior Bowl, the scouting department and coaches will get together to evaluate specific player and position needs. They have already completed a self-scouting stage, in which the Ravens’ own performance during the 2010 campaign was assessed.
“We’ll talk about some things that happened in the past year, but it’s really the starting point for what we’re going to be doing over the next few months,” said Ravens Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta.  “It’s an important step in how we do things with the Ravens in preparing for the draft and free agency. 
“Let’s get things started.”
The personnel meeting serves as a way to take the Ravens’ self-scouting and apply it towards 2011.  At this time last year, the Ravens’ main priorities were upgrading the weapons around quarterback Joe Flacco, adding depth at cornerback and building more of a pass rush.
Ravens executives said in January they will to focus on improving the rushing attack for 2011.
DeCosta considers the meetings as another way to turn the page after the Ravens finished 13-5 but were bounced in the divisional round of the postseason.
“It’s a good opportunity to provide closure on the season and talk about the players,” said DeCosta.  “We’ll formulate our plan moving forward.  It’s more about the offseason and what we need to accomplish, what our plan is going to be. 
“The coaches and scouts get a chance to hash things out in one setting, and that helps us with the process of getting better in all aspects of our team.”
The Ravens will then spend the next few months gathering more intel on draft-eligible talents at the NFL Scouting Combine (Feb. 23 – March 11) and various pro days and in-house interviews before the draft (April 28-30).
In addition, the Ravens will be monitoring an uncertain labor situation with regards to free agency.  If there is a work stoppage because the current collective bargaining agreement expires on March 4, free agency would begin the moment a new deal is signed.

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