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.
The Baltimore Sun sat down last month with new Maryland football coach Michael Locksley to talk about the preparation going into his first season, starting with spring practice that begins Tuesday in College Park.
We continue our position-by-position review of the Ravens with a look at the secondary, which has never been more essential to the team's overall design, a fact hammered home by the recent signing of safety Earl Thomas.
Maybe no player in Ravens history symbolized the toughness of the organization more than former defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who announced his retirement Monday after 13 seasons in the NFL, including nine in Baltimore.
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.
“I think Nick is a huge piece of our offense going forward from the standpoint of how he plays," coach John Harbaugh said of tight end Nick Boyle, who the Ravens signed to a three-year extension Thursday.
While baseball is often referred to as America's Pastime, there is little doubt that football is king. Every Friday night in the fall, towns shut down and people flock to watch their local boys take on their rivals. Saturday morning are spent tailgating by thousands, waiting to cheer on their favorite college. Millions across the country have long standing dates with their couch every Sunday. Pick your metric - TV ratings, franchise value, average fan attendance, etc… and football will come out on top. With all the attention paid to the sport, there has been growing social backlash towards football. ...
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