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Now that the season is officially over, it’s General Manager Ozzie Newsome’s time to work his magic.
And he foresees working it for a while longer.
There have been questions as to when Newsome, 55, will decide to step down and allow Ravens Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta, who has been called by many pundits the “general manager in waiting,” to take over.
“I work with good people,” Newsome said at last Wednesay’s season-ending press conference.
“I enjoy Steve [Bisciotti], Dick [Cass]. John [Harbaugh] and I, we have a blast together – the coaches, my staff. I enjoy coming to work. I don’t know if I have a bad day. I might make a lot of mistakes, but I don’t know if I have a bad day at the office. With the people that are in the building, I really, really enjoy what I do.”
Newsome came from Cleveland to Baltimore at the franchise’s birth in 1996, and has long been known as one of the best in the business. Hired in 2002 as the first African-American general manager in the NFL, Newsome has drafted 15 players who have earned Pro Bowl honors.
He has one Super Bowl ring, and now he’s looking for more before he retires.
“I don’t know how much longer,” Newsome said. “I want Super Bowls. Steve and I talk about two Super Bowls and three Super Bowls. Once I get to that point, I’ll start deciding.”