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Ozzie Retirement Speculation?

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

Didnt we say that about Ray?

:(

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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With Decosta I doubt we will miss a beat.

I think Ozzie was trying to remind everyone during his speech that the draft is a team effort and the Ravens have an excellent staff. He knows he is the one who always gets the credit.

 

You are right though. We are in good hands with DeCosta.

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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. 

Plus it not like a player or coach retiring. I'm sure Ozzie would still "consult" in some capacity part time provided he retires and doesn't move on to something else entirely.

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I like Ozzie's laid back, laughing personality. I know Decosta is going to be great and all, but his personality just seems a little abrasive to me.

 

It's probably just me. 

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I think Ozzie was trying to remind everyone during his speech that the draft is a team effort and the Ravens have an excellent staff. He knows he is the one who always gets the credit.

 

You are right though. We are in good hands with DeCosta.

I really think DeCosta still being here is probably the largest feather in Bioscotti's hat.  Can't think of an executive pass on so many opportunities.

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The day will come but I echo the sentiments of everyone else. Having Eric DeCosta  is a comfort to me. There is areason he never left, he was promised this job when Ozzie does retire. He was a "wanted" man for several years but the man is a Raven through and through, not to mention he's learned from the best!

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The end of a presser did seem a little bit out of character. I'm sure though Ozzie won't leave before he thinks he's built another contender. He's certainly not a man who leaves job unfinished.

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Based on the fact that DeCosta has been turning down GM jobs to stay here has always been an indication to me that Ozzie has internally provided some general time frame on when he expects to step down. I doubt Eric would be turning down jobs with no idea how long he has to go on being the "heir apparent". 

 

It will be a sad day when he calls it quits. You hope that Eric has been well trained and will be ready to take that role, but GMs like Ozzie don't grow on trees. Few front office men have impacted their franchise as much as he has. 

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The sky will fall when that day comes without DeCosta as a backup.....

Are you referring to a time when DeCosta will no longer be with the Ravens? DeCosta has received numerous GM offers over the years which he has declined, citing his desire to remain in Baltimore. As you have implied, he most likely is our #1 choice when Ozzie leaves, and I think he'll be here when he does. Even if he was to go I would have confidence that the Ravens would find a worthy Football Executive/Asst. GM to replace him.

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Eric is our defacto GM, he just doesn't have that tag yet. He's handling a lot of the stuff already so I doubt anything's going to change once Ozzie retires. If something changes it'll probably be for the better. Ozzie doesn't seem to have that fire anymore and I don't blame him, he's been doing this for too long. We have a young up and coming guy waiting to take this team over, Eric is highly motivated. Either way, Ozzie is not gonna disappear. Even if he retires he'll still be involved with us somehow, we can still talk to him and get his advice. Similar to what happened with Art / Steve. Even though Steve owned most of this franchise Art was still heavily involved, he was always around when anybody needed any advice. That's why I love this franchise, everybody gets treated with respect, it's being run like a family business.

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