The Ravens' reconfigured offensive line has allowed only four sacks in the playoffs, upgrading its play significantly since Bryant McKinnie was elevated to the starting lineup at left tackle, Michael Oher shifted to right tackle from the left side and rookie Kelechi Osemele moved from right tackle to left guard.
“It was just Jah Reid getting injured,” Newsome said. “That was the only that that precipitated that change. We don't have a poor offensive line anymore in Baltimore. We've got some good, young talent that I think can play together for a lot of years.”
Newsome also weighed in on the fact that no minorities were hired to NFL head coaching jobs this offseason. Although NFL teams complied with the Rooney Rule requiring that at least one minority be interviewed for head coaching and general manager vacancies, none got jobs. That has prompted the Fritz Pollard Alliance to call for the NFL to do more to ensure that there's diversity in the league as far as head coaches and general managers.
As the first African-American general manager in NFL history, Newsome said he remains confident in the process.
“Is the opportunity there? Yes it is,” Newsome said. “Are we going to work to get better? Yes. But all we can do is to put people in front of people. [Pittsburgh Steelers coach] Mike Tomlin got in front of the Rooneys and got that job. I think that opportunity is there.
“I'd like for African Americans to get an opportunity, but John Harbaugh is a good football coach. Jim Harbaugh is a good football coach.. So, they're not making bad decisions. There's just a good pool of candidates out there that people have to choose from.”
Meanwhile, Newsome indicated that he got a lot of positive feedback this week at the Senior Bowl practices from fellow general managers about the future job prospects of Caldwell.
“I had a couple of GMs tell me, 'If it wasn't for your guys' success in the playoffs, that [Caldwell] would have been someone we would have interviewed,'“ Newsome said. “Hopefully next year we'll be in the same spot and it will be tough for him to get interviews again, but I can see him getting that opportunity a year from now.”