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#1 varaven

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 08:23 PM

Russell St Report seems to think that Ozzie may be retiring soon, citing his speech at the end of the draft press conference. This does seem like a stretch but I went back and watched the speech and it did seem a bit cathartic. I don't know it has been 19 years. Thoughts?

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 08:29 PM

I honestly thought the same as I was watching it live.  It wasn't typical Ozzie fashion.  Usually he's a get up and go type of guy, but he took the time to commend the staff that he's worked with and made it clear that it's been a very long time that he's been doing this.

 

No one will ever compare to Ozzie if this does turn out to be more than speculation, but we're in good hands with DeCosta when that day comes.


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 08:31 PM

I got a faint impression they were preparing for Eric Decosta to take the reins during today's conference, but I wouldn't be confident enough in that impression to put (much...) money on it or anything. How long has Ozzie's rein been compared to others out there?

 

Probably a degree of pre-draft boredom at play here too. 


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 08:34 PM

Also, we'd need to update this meme if it did happen.

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 09:17 PM

Seemed like he was complimenting the new coaches and his overall staff. Ozzie can't do this forever, though, people have speculated his retirement 5+ years back.
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Posted 30 April 2014 - 09:33 PM

This thread is freakin' depressing. Ozzie is the man, and will never ever retire.


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 09:48 PM

This thread is Freakin' depressing. Ozzie is the man, and will never ever retire.


Didnt we say that about Ray?
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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:10 PM

Didnt we say that about Ray?
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Well, I was okay with Ray retiring.

 

I dunno if I can handle losing the Oz tho


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:14 PM

Sounds like he's retiring soon. Can't say when, though. Could be after the draft, during camp, after cuts, after the season, who knows?


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:14 PM

Well, I was okay with Ray retiring.

 

I dunno if I can handle losing the Oz tho

Eric's basically been a day one guy for the Ravens, he's clearly being groomed for the role (and has for a few years now I'd say), and he has the advantage of having learned from Ozzie's mistakes. I think we'll be fine.

 

Doesn't mean I wouldn't feel dead inside for a long time, mind. :mellow:


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:22 PM

If this is true....

 


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:28 PM

I think he may retire after this year. He got another Superbowl and I think he's content with the staff that is in line to replace him. Decosta is more than capable of the job because he is just as dedicated as Ozzie. He's been learning behind the guy for years and Ozzie realizes it's time for Decosta to get his time to shine. The Ravens have a new identity to it too and I think Ozzie wants to go out with being known for the old identity.


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:29 PM

With Decosta I doubt we will miss a beat.
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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:33 PM

Eric's basically been a day one guy for the Ravens, he's clearly being groomed for the role (and has for a few years now I'd say), and he has the advantage of having learned from Ozzie's mistakes. I think we'll be fine.

 

Doesn't mean I wouldn't feel dead inside for a long time, mind. :mellow:

 

Oh, I'm sure DeCosta has learned a lot about the job, and professionalism, from Oz, but Ozzie is in a class all his own


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:35 PM

Oh, I'm sure DeCosta has learned a lot about the job, and professionalism, from Oz, but Ozzie is in a class all his own

Not only an accomplished GM, but one of the greatest football players ever. DeCosta should make a fine GM given him mentor, but he will never be the same as Ozzie was. 


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 11:15 PM

With Decosta I doubt we will miss a beat.

We definitely won't miss a beat. There's a reason Steve pays Eric like most GMs. He's been keeping him around and satisfied if/when the day comes that Ozzie decides to step down. 

 

This is one personnel change I'm not sweating. 


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 09:24 AM

With Decosta I doubt we will miss a beat.

Everyday I'm grateful we have Decosta on this team.  I know over these years he's been soaking up all of Ozzie's wisdom like a sponge. 


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 09:26 AM

Well, I was okay with Ray retiring.

 

I dunno if I can handle losing the Oz tho

He's a really big part of the team's character.

Dude just has that epic quality that affects the world around him.


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 09:45 AM

He's a really big part of the team's character.

Dude just has that epic quality that affects the world around him.

Absolutely right about that.


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 11:18 AM

Well, I was okay with Ray retiring.

 

I dunno if I can handle losing the Oz tho

 

I wasn't and I'm still not!  But, all good things must come to an end at some point.  I can see DeCosta taking the helm of this ship and leading it on to further greatness!

 

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