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[News] Super Bowl Trip Perfect Script For Ozzie Newsome

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Plus, Ozzie talks about Ed Reed's future, John Harbaugh's growth and the Cam Cameron firing.

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"John has to stand before his coaching staff and his players, and if at any one point do they ever think that he's overly influenced by Steve or I, then he loses his staff and his players. It has to be him" - Oz

Ozzie Newsome = MAN
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Ed in the Organization as a Coach or as Developmental Personel either way sounds good to me..

Right after Ozzie, gets that 3-4 yr Retirement Contract Done for ED
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I really enjoy seeing Harbs take this team all the way. I'm sure the Eagles are kicking themselves for not letting him replace Andy Reid.
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I'd like to see Ed Reeds face around forever. And I hope at some point Ray Lewis can come back as the coordinator of spiritual affairs for the Ravens. Hat would really be awesom.
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Re: Diversity hiring, let the lame organizations continue to operate in a lame manner. Those teams that do their homework and give guys a shot will continue to win.

There's a lot that goes into hiring and assessing talent and you can't possibly be doing a good job if you assume 1 candidate will be better than another candidate if you don't give all of them the time of day. KC hired a guy that went 4-12 that lost in his only Super Bowl appearance. Philly hired a guy that couldn't make his mind up about what he really wanted to do...nevermind the fact that that team fired one offensive guru to hire another established college offensive guru.

Every dog will have his day. The Perry Fewells and the Ray Hortons will have their time. Lovie Smith was smart to sit out because he will probably get the right opportunity in due time. Too bad for him he has the league's most undisciplined QB and too bad he had an Offensive Line/Tight Ends coach as his O-Coordinator.

Teams should learn from Pitt and Baltimore. Where on Earth would we be had we given a "more established" name a shot as opposed to meeting with only a handful of select guys. But like I said, let the lame be lame, let the teams that are serious about winning carry on with their winning
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I've said it so many times before, but it never gets old. How freaking lucky are we to have Steve Bisciotti as our owner, Ozzie Newsome as our GM, and John Harbaugh as our Head Coach?
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The NFL talks constantly about the FANS. I know in my heart that the salary cap is a necessity to keep the league in the front of all other sports. The "but" if you will is
I am sick of losing good players because of it. After we win the SB we stand to lose some
really good players that we worked hard to develop. I wish someone could come up with some
type of compromise that would allow teams to keep players for a longer period of time. Ray might be close to the last that will spend his entire career with the same team.
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I'll bet JJ and cory redding are kicking themselves for not staying with the Ravens. I think they just figured out money isnt everything. Oh and Grubbs too
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[quote name='sami' timestamp='1359165735' post='1330877']
I'll bet JJ and cory redding are kicking themselves for not staying with the Ravens. I think they just figured out money isnt everything. Oh and Grubbs too
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That's overly simplistic. Applies to Grubbs no doubt, but if I remember correctly JJ was not given any offer from the Ravens, and not much was done to retain Redding either. So portraying them as choosing money over team is inaccurate and not remotely fair. And even for Grubbs, well how many people in any field are going to say, hey, I think I'll turn down making more money so I can stay here with this company that I know can still get rid of me when they feel the need? Fans constantly hold athletes to standards they wouldn't accept for themselves...
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Unfortunately, Sami, it wasn't all their choice. Same this coming year. We can't keep Cary Williams, Joe Flacco, Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger, Ed Reed, and several others. That is the curse and benefit to the salary cap. In a perfect world, Ngata, Yanda, Rice and mostly Flacco who will be getting a big check, would realize that they can't win it by themselves and renegotiate their record contracts to allow a couple bucks for others. Unfortunately, if four people get all the money then nobody else does, that's the way it works. Manning and Brady both took salary cuts to allow cap space for other players. Let's see how much of team players these big dollar guys are on the Ravens...
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well bmore_kman. it seems to me they were given offers by the other teams and the Ravens couldnt match them becuz of the salery cap.
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[quote name='sami' timestamp='1359165735' post='1330877']
I'll bet JJ and cory redding are kicking themselves for not staying with the Ravens. I think they just figured out money isnt everything. Oh and Grubbs too
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Don't forget Grubbs wasn't just going somewhere where he got more money, he also thought it gave him just as good if not a better shot at winning a Super Bowl. Then the bounty scandal unfolded...
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I think if the teams have to keep to a salary cap. Then maybe there should be some kind of cap on how high a single players salary can go... I mean seriously, how much money does one need to have. It is really sick that every player in the league thinks he's worth $100 Mil.
Then most of them get all these millions and all the sudden they seem to not play as hard as they did before they got that payday... Or injured. If they have to keep paying these outrageous salaries then at least remove the cap then.(This is just my opinion, so don't freak out people !)
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[quote name='TheRavenNest' timestamp='1359179586' post='1331011']
I think if the teams have to keep to a salary cap. Then maybe there should be some kind of cap on how high a single players salary can go... I mean seriously, how much money does one need to have. It is really sick that every player in the league thinks he's worth $100 Mil.
Then most of them get all these millions and all the sudden they seem to not play as hard as they did before they got that payday... Or injured. If they have to keep paying these outrageous salaries then at least remove the cap then.(This is just my opinion, so don't freak out people !)
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I don't like seeing one, two or a few player's salaries put a team into a hardship position but isn't that problem a part of the equation that must be solved to have a successful organization? I mean, if an organization spends up to the cap on a few players and as a result depletes the depth of their talent pool which results in back-to-back losing seasons then it becomes a mismanagement of funds problem caused by F.O. decisions. On the other hand, if an organization under pays and as a result causes the same losing results due to key top players leaving for greener wallets then it is also a mismanagement problem of the F.O.

A number of very fine lines determines the balance needed to have a successful run at the top including the health of athletes, the coaching staff and a few fortunate bounces of the football.
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I'm not to worried about the salary cap for us. The Oz man, Dick Cass, and all them have been phenominal over the last decade really. Not just contracts, but drafting.

I can't stand the idea of loosing Ed Reed either. But as a buisness 1st and formost when this season comes to a close, there is only enough money in the pool for enough players to dive in. How many times have we watched Dan Snider of the Redskins splat the bottom over the years? Sanders, McNabb, Haynesworth etc etc.

Our FO is 1st class all the way, and will make every possible effort to keep as many as they can. The bad part is, they might have to let someone go to do it. Hope it's not Ed.
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Someone will have a bittersweet ending. I want the Ravens to do all they can to make sure it is the 49ers. This time we remember the front office. I am proud of them. Here's to Art.
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I watched "America's Game" last night, the 2000 Ravens... A lot of what was said back then seems to be the mantra this year... There is a similarity to that attitude... It's surreal.
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I beleive this is one of the finest Front Office and Coaching staff in the league. We should be proud of all involved with this team, but the players are the ones that make it all happen.
On the comments about salary caps, You must have them or the league would fail. The rich markets would suck up the best talent and there would be no competative playing field. The Cowboys against Jacksonville would be like the Harlem Globetrotters against the Washington Generals.
There are salary ranges for position players, QB being the highest, but a team can pay a star O-lineman what ever they want. Players like Reed need to understand that they are past prime, still able to contribute at a high level, but no team is going to pay them $10mil a year. The older players are sometimes un realistic. I would love for Ed to retire a Raven, but if he is expecting more then a $15mil three year deal he won't be. Nobody likes to lose a favorite player to salery cap, but it is a neccessary evil.
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After reading that, it reaffirms what I already knew. The Ravens are the best run organization in the NFL from the owner down to the players. What they accomplished this year, with all our injuries, has been amazing!
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[quote name='chuckw' timestamp='1359172896' post='1330954']
I'm going! Ravens - listen to the "O" chant during the anthem! We are there - with you - for you!!!
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I like it!
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I think most of these RAVENS incl. management have the right attitude to be successful in this era, 1st and foremost, they are always very respectful of the game and it's players on any of our opposing teams. They respect one another on our team, and are as classy as any team around the league. If we take the Super Bowl next week, I honestly can say, with these guys' hard work and right minded ethics, that they in fact, are deserving in reaching the ultimate goal of being Super Bowl Champions!
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