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As the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers prepare to square off in the Super Bowl on Sunday, Ravens Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta thinks back to when his team hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
The hunger to feel that moment again is what drives DeCosta to remain with the Ravens even though his name is regularly cited when teams across the NFL look for a new general manager.
DeCosta believes he has “unfinished business” in Baltimore, especially after the Ravens made the playoffs for a third-consecutive season.
“This year, last year, the year before – it’s exciting to see the direction we’re heading,” said DeCosta. “The camaraderie we have in this department, in this wing, is great.
“I feel like we have a lot of unfinished business. I went to the Super Bowl in 2000, and I want to go back there.”
Media have said DeCosta is ready for a GM promotion and some reports suggested the San Francisco 49ers looked at DeCosta for their opening, but they opted to promote Trent Baalke from within.
DeCosta joined the Ravens in 1996 with an entry-level position, but moved up the personnel ranks as a scout and director of college scouting before eventually reaching his current title.
With DeCosta playing a big role in shaping the roster, the Ravens have nailed multiple drafts by culling top talent, especially in recent years. Since DeCosta first arrived, the Ravens are tied for second in the league with 13 Pro Bowlers drafted.
Now, with the Ravens featuring a solid core of young players mixing with strong veteran leaders, DeCosta thinks the teams is very close to another championship.
And, he puts a lot of that continued success on his shoulders.
“Our goal is to win, get to the next level and compete every single year in getting to a Super Bowl,” DeCosta said. “I think we’re close to that. I think we do compete, but we want to take it to another level. We want to build this thing long-term.
“I’m proud of the fact that we’ve been to the playoffs for the last three years, but as a scouting unit, we know we can get better. We know we can scout better and draft better. Our focus is on that. I don’t believe in not finishing something that you start. I feel like that we, as a group, really want to accomplish.”