He talked about it starting in the middle of the field with Defensive tackle and getting stronger up front. He also mentioned that of coarse Ray is retiring and Ellerbe is a free agent so ILB is a big need, and Ed Reed is also a free agent and may need to be replaced. So if you had to narrow them down in no particular order the top needs according to Oz are:
1. Inside Linebacker
Ozzie also mentioned that if a big name on offense falls to us he would never hesitate to draft them. For example say if Cordarrelle Patterson fell to 32 for some reason (unlikely) Ozzie would have no problem drafting him and mentioned that you can never have too much depth on the offensive side of the ball.
Another thing Ozzie was asked about was the depth at LT. Ozzie mentioned that its not that big of a worry this offseason. He feels like there is a good chance Bryant Mckinnie could come back, and if thats not the case he feels there are a few OL guys with starting caliber talent already on the roster, and with the help of OL assistant Juan Castillo he could help mold them into starting talent.
Another big point to mention is that Ozzie and company will shy away from restructuring this offseason. They mentioned that you help yourself now but hurt yourself later when restructuring guys and he is not going to do anything drastic. He did mention that there are a few guys who could play for a few more years...(he was kind of getting at extensions but not directly saying it)... but he said its important to evaluate their longevity. He said you dont want to sign a guy then have their level of play fall of drastically the next season or 2 then have ti cut them and eat up money. So I think Ozzie will find some cap friendly extensions that will keep guys around and save money.
Finally a question that came up frequently was if they could retain any key FAs like Ed Reed. Steve Bisciotti said that its a tough situation and just like last year it was bad when we lost Ben Grubbs, Jared Johnson, Corey Redding, Tom Zbikowski, and Harukki Nakamura. Ozzie mentioned that once the cap situation is settled and they deal with Flacco, there will likely be a little money left and he said that he will try and negotiate cheap contracts...but ultimately there may be better situations out there for the players.
In my opinion I have said this a lot lately, I think this is going to be a tough offseason for the Ravens. I dont see us retaining a lot of guys and many players may have to get cut in order to save money. However we are blessed to have a great GM and cast of front office and talent evaluaters lead by Eric Decosta who can hopefully fill in a lot of the holes through the draft, that were voided through free agency losses.
Edited by Purple_ICE 81, 07 February 2013 - 11:32 PM.