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Ravens' Newsome the man behind the plan

The lone man left standing is Ozzie Newsome.

Years ago, there were always whispers that Newsome wasn't the man calling the shots for the Ravens during some of those great drafts. Phil Savage was reportedly the brains, and James Harris was the pro personnel whiz. Those thoughts were never true.

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Savage was fired as the Browns general manager yesterday, and Harris resigned as the Jaguars' vice-president/general manager last week. Now, maybe some of those criticisms will stop. It's never good when anybody gets fired, but the truth is that both Harris and Savage are very good at their jobs, and so is Newsome. When all three were here, it was a great team.

I think Harris might possibly retire or become an consultant. Savage will resurface again. He is way too bright and too talented not to get another job.

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It hasn't been a good year for former Ravens. Mike Nolan was fired as head coach of the 49ers, and Jacksonville underachieved under head coach Jack Del Rio. Mike Smith did a nice job in Atlanta, and Mike Singletary may become the new 49ers coach despite the trouser incident a few weeks ago.


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