Ever since the Ravens moved to Baltimore from Cleveland in 1996, Eric DeCosta has been in the shadows of either head coaches or general managers. Now, it’s his time to step into the spotlight and under the microscope.
Instead of caving in to some public sentiment after the first days teams could negotiate with free agents, Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta waited until the high money was invested into the so-called top unrestricted free agents and then walked away with one of the best safeties in the NFL.
A season of gradual improvement from the safety combo of Kendrick Lewis and Will Hill has the Ravens confident they have their long-term solution at the position — and eyeing the safeties on the opposing sideline Sunday as the standard they hope to one day meet. The Seattle Seahawks safety tandem of Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor has played a large role in the team's two straight Super Bowl runs, the product of five straight years starting together.
There's seemingly no surefire recipe for success in building an NFL secondary, but one thing could become abundantly clear when the Ravens face the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals have found a formula that works for them, while the Ravens haven't.
Ravens offensive guards Marshal Yanda and Kelechi Osemele had spoken about their respective contract situations before and they had a mutual understanding. They loved playing together and they would be supportive of each other. But when it came down to deciding their futures with the Ravens as they entered the final year of their contracts, each of them was on their own.
Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg confirmed on Thursday that Steve Smith Sr. will remain the Ravens' primary punt returner, maintaining that the wide receiver is the team's best option in that role.
The New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks will square off in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. Here's Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson's checklist of things to watch: