OWINGS MILLS Buccaneers Alex Cappa Jersey , Md. (AP) Ozzie Newsome’s reign as the only general manager in Baltimore Ravens history will come to an end after the 2018 season.
Newsome signed a five-year extension in 2014 with the understanding that he surrenders the post to assistant GM Eric DeCosta at the end of the contract, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said Friday.
”Ozzie will step down as GM and has assured me that he’s not going anywhere,” Bisciotti said. ”He will work with me and work with Eric for a smooth transition and he’ll be the highest paid scout in America when Eric takes over next year.”Article continues below ...
Newsome, 61, has been in charge of filling out the roster since the Ravens arrived in Baltimore in 1996. His first two draft picks were Jonathan Ogden – who became a Hall of Fame offensive lineman – and Ray Lewis, who is expected to enter the Hall this year.
Newsome is also a member of the Hall of Fame. Following his standout career as a tight end with the Cleveland Browns, Newsome made the transition to the front office under former Ravens owner Art Modell. With Newsome leading the way Cheap Robert Griffin III Jersey , Baltimore won two Super Bowls and reached the postseason five straight years from 2008-12.
DeCosta, 46, joined the Ravens at an entry-level position in 1996 and was schooled by Newsome. Since becoming assistant general manager in 2012, DeCosta spurned numerous job offers from other teams with the assumption, then assurance, that he would inherit Newsome’s job.
”I think he has learned from Ozzie. I think he’s a great leader of the scouts,” Bisciotti said of DeCosta. ”It’s Ozzie’s department Bengals Cordy Glenn Jersey , but most of the interaction with all the scouts is with Eric. I’ve seen the way he goes about the business, I’ve seen the way he’s embraced technology and analytics, and I like working with him.”
Bisciotti said of the impending switch from Newsome to DeCosta: ”It’s time. There are people that are running other franchises that got the jobs because Eric wouldn’t take it. This year it was the Packers.”
Bisciotti spoke for nearly an hour in his annual postseason session with the media. He fielded questions on a wide variety of topics – beginning with his decision to retain coach John Harbaugh after Baltimore missed the playoffs for a third straight season.
Firing Harbaugh ”was certainly a consideration, but not one that I was inclined to make this year,” the owner said.
Asked if he would fire Harbaugh if the Ravens fail to reach the postseason in 2018, Bisciotti replied, ”I’m not going to give a `playoff or bust’ edict to you all or my coach. He’s under (more) pressure probably than he’s ever been in in his life Cheap Richard Rodgers Jersey , and I expect him to … make the most of this season. I may as well replace him now if I’m going to tell him, `Make the playoffs or you’re out of town next year.’ That’s not the way to run a business.”
Though the Ravens have gone 5-11, 8-8 and 9-7 over the last three years, Bisciotti noted that things would have been different were it not for a last-minute loss in Pittsburgh in 2016 and a stunning defeat at home in the finale against Cincinnati this season.
He also cited quarterback Joe Flacco’s slow recovery from an ailing back as a determining factor in 2017.
”We’re literally looking at a few moments of time that went against us,” Bisciotti said. ”We’re not talking about 4-12 seasons here. We’re talking about a franchise quarterback that had a herniated disk and was not healthy for the first half of the year. There’s a couple games that we should have won, that if we did, we might have been resting our starters against Cincinnati. That’s our goal next year.”
Bisciotti hopes that an improved team will draw more fans to home games in 2018. The Ravens sold out every game 49ers Mike McGlinchey Jersey , but often performed before thousands of empty seats.
”Am I disappointed in it? Yeah. Concerned? Yes,” he said. ”The no-shows are a way of telling us our fans aren’t pleased. We’ve got to win, and I hope that solves a majority of the problems.”
SARASOTA Cheap Kyle Van Noy Jersey , Fla. (AP) Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch returned to the team Tuesday night.
And his teammates were happy to see him after he served a one-game suspension by the NFL for making contact with an official during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 19.
Linebacker NaVorro Bowman says that Lynch always brings good energy around the team.Article continues below ...
”I’ve known him for a while,” Bowman said. ”He’s a great guy. What you guys probably get from him, you might not think that, but he’s a great teammate. Funny guy, keeps everybody up. We know what he brings to the game of football. We look forward to having him back this week.”
Lynch should be able to bring a boost to a Raiders offense that has struggled at times through the first eight games of the season.
The Raiders rushed for just 54 yards on 14 carries in a 34-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills last Sunday without Lynch, but they have also struggled to get him involved when he is available to play.
Lynch has 266 yards on 72 carries this season and hasn’t gotten more than 13 carries in any game since the season opener against the Tennessee Titans. He had just two carries for 9 yards against the Chiefs.
Coach Jack Del Rio said that he would like to see the team play a more physical and aggressive game in the second half of the season. Quarterback Derek Carr said that Lynch can provide that on the field.
”He’s a physical player Cheap Denzel Ward Jersey , we all know that,” Carr said. ”At the quarterback position, it’s hard to play physical. When you get a guy like Marshawn who does that really well, I think we’re more apt to let him do those kinds of things.
”Whatever it is, whatever we have to do as a team, I think we’re all in. I think our guys are understanding that there’s no room for mistakes now. We have to go out and we have to perform. We to go and do it in a physical manner.”
COOPER READY FOR HOMECOMING
Wide receiver Amari Cooper played at Miami Northwestern High School where he caught passes from Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Cooper will be returning home this Sunday where he has had some of his favorite moments as a football player Cheap Andre Tippett Jersey , including winning a national championship with Alabama when the Crimson Tide beat Notre Dame in the 2012 season.
”Yeah, it’s always been a dream to play in Miami, whether it was for Miami or against them, just to play in front of my hometown at the highest level,” Cooper said.
Cooper listed Ricky Williams, Chris Chambers and Hall of Fame defensive lineman Jason Taylor as some of favorite Miami Dolphins to watch when he was growing up.
CARR KEEPS IT SAFE
With 2 seconds remaining in the first half www.buffalobillsteamonline.com… , the Raiders had the ball at the Buffalo 47 and called a play that sent three receivers to the end zone for a desperation pass.
Carr instead checked down to an underneath pass to Jalen Richard that netted 15 yards as the half ended. He defended that decision Wednesday by saying he took the best play available.
”For me, I’m not even being funny, it’s simple math,” Carr said. ”Cover 2 with three receivers where everyone is dropping deep. There’s four, five, six www.buffalobillsteamonline.com… , seven (defenders) for three (receivers).
”At the end of the day, you roll out you can throw it up or take a better option underneath when we’ve seen guys be able to break tackles and things like that. Maybe keep it alive, those kinds of things.”
CINCINNATI (AP) One of the NFL’s edgiest rivalries is getting passed onto the next generation of Bengals.
Nine rookies will see firsthand why so much has been made of these high-stakes games with the Steelers.
It won’t take them long on Sunday to realize this game is different from the others.Article continues below ...
”The vets? We know what this game is going to be about www.greenbaypackersteamonline.… ,” safety George Iloka said Wednesday. ”The rookies? I think it will take no more than one series to see the intensity and say, ‘OK, this game is a little different in terms of physicality.’ And we’ll adjust, we’ll be fine, and we’ll be back to playing football.”
The Ohio River rivalry has been full of skirmishes and penalties. Players have delivered jarring hits and talked trash on social media.
And most times, it’s the Steelers (4-2) who got the better of it Dolphins Albert Wilson Jersey , finding ways to get under the Bengals’ skin.
The Bengals (2-3) can’t afford another loss to the team that has dominated them, winning seven of the past eight, 12 of the past 15, and 17 of the past 22.
The defining game was a first-round playoff game during the 2015 season when the Bengals rallied for a late lead, got an interception, fumbled Cheap Taron Johnson Jersey , and helped the Steelers move in range for the winning field goal by losing their cool in the closing seconds. Vontaze Burfict hit Antonio Brown in the head with 18 seconds left, drawing a personal foul, and Adam ”Pacman” Jones got another 15-yard penalty for bumping an official as the teams exchanged words after the play.
Many other moments linger, including Ryan Shazier’s hit on Giovani Bernard during the playoff game and Burfict celebrating after a tackle on Le’Veon Bell that left the running back with a torn knee earlier that season.
Burfict was suspended for the first three games in 2016 because of his hit on Brown, forcing the linebacker to miss their rematch in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 24-16 and later completed a series sweep by winning at Paul Brown Stadium 24-20.
”At the end of the day, we’re going to keep it classy Falcons Justin Bethel Jersey ,” cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. ”We’re going to keep it professional. But it’s just one of those games. I don’t want to elaborate on anything because it seems like everything gets thrown out of proportion. It’s just one of those games.”
The cities’ proximity – separated by only a five-hour drive – and the importance of each game in the AFC North race spices the series. Asked whether the rivalry is the equivalent of brothers competing, Iloka shook his head.
”Naw, they’re not brothers,” Iloka said. ”It’s that cousin that your parents invite over that you’re not really cool with. That’s what that is. They’re there for Thanksgiving dinner and you’re like, man, why did you all invite them this year? That type of thing.”
DALTON FULL GO
Andy Dalton fully practiced Wednesday. He hurt his left ankle during a 20-16 win over Buffalo and finished the game with a significant limp.
Jones was back in uniform and went through a limited practice. He hurt his lower back against Buffalo. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (shoulder) fully practiced. Rookie wide receiver John Ross was limited by a sore knee.
Coach Marvin Lewis said that tight end Tyler Eifert has returned to Cincinnati after having surgery on his back. Eifert had surgery on a back disc last December and reinjured it during the second game of the season. After trying to get the back healed with rest and treatment for three weeks Raiders P.J. Hall Jersey , Eifert chose to have another procedure, ending his season. ”He was told it was needed,” Lewis said.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Battling the flu www.buffalobillsteamonline.com… , pop star Pink powered through a pre-Super Bowl concert, still hitting high notes, flying in the air and dancing onstage days before she will sing the national anthem at the big game.
Pink skipped some of the words during the songs, relying on her backup singers Friday at Nomadic Live at the Armory in Minneapolis. But she was still energetic and spirited Cheap Rob Gronkowski Jersey , ending the set with her signature high-flying athleticism while singing the pounding hit, ”So What.”
The mother of two told the audience she had the flu and that her children ”cough into my mouth and I can’t stop them `cause they’re so cute.”Article continues below ...
”I’m not going to sound like (crap) all night because you guys are going to help me,” she said. ”We’re going to rock the (expletive) out and have a good time.”
As she began to sing ”Beautiful Trauma” – from her recent album of the same name – she quickly stopped her band and told the crowd, ”I can’t do it.”
”I hate this Cheap Christian Kirk Jersey ,” she said. ”I can’t do that song. I’m sorry.”
Pink will sing ”The Star-Spangled Banner” on Sunday at the U.S. Bank Stadium before the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles. The 38-year-old singer grew up about 30 miles from Philadelphia and gave a shout-out to the City of Brotherly Love during the show.
She wore a loose white top, loose white pants and red heels as she ran up and down the stage, kicking off the show with the jam ”Get the Party Started.” She later sang well-known hits like ”U Ur Hand,” ”Who Knew Raiders Daryl Worley Jersey ,” ”What About Us” and ”Raise Your Glass.”
Despite feeling under the weather, she was exceptional when she covered 4 Non Blondes’ ”What’s Up,” a crowd favorite.
”We’re gonna wake up the entire neighborhood,” she said before singing the song.
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There will be some drama to the game in Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The Browns, 0-15, are trying to avoid being only the second team in NFL history (the 2008 Detroit Lions were the first) to finish 0-16.
The Steelers, 12-3, have already clinched a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. They have an outside chance of securing home-field advantage www.minnesotavikingsteamonline… , but for that to happen they would have to beat the Browns and the Jets would have to upset the New England Patriots in Foxboro. Both games kick off at 1 p.m. Eastern.Article continues below ...
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is weighing the pros and cons of resting key starters for at least part of the game against the Browns. He definitely will not have All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown, who is nursing a calf injury, but he could give quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Le’Veon Bell the day off or play them the first half and then let the backups take over.
“That’s really undecided and unimportant at the beginning of the week for us,” Tomlin said on Wednesday. “More important than anything is we lay a foundation of our plan and get going in terms of things we need to do to play well. That’s always been our mentality. Those are things (who might be rested) we’ll decide later in the week.”
Browns head coach Hue Jackson doesn’t have such luxurious decisions to make. He is trying to avoid the embarrassment of coaching a winless team and trying to save his job.
The Browns were hit by injuries to key players early in the season, particularly to left tackle Joe Thomas (triceps) Buccaneers Carlton Davis Jersey , linebacker Jamie Collins (knee) and defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah (foot).
Kick returner Matthew Dayes (knee), fullback Dan Vitale (knee) and cornerback Jamar Taylor (foot) did not practice with the Browns on Wednesday.
Most of all, the Browns have spent all season overcoming mistakes typical of the youngest team in the league.
The Browns are dead last in the NFL — by a wide margin — in takeaway-giveaway. Their 39 giveaways (27 interceptions and 12 lost fumbles) are the most in the league. Their 11 takeaways are the fewest.
Any chance the Browns have of upsetting the Steelers starts with the defense intercepting the ball or pouncing on a fumble. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is counting on his unit to tilt the field in favor of the Browns offense by taking the ball away.
“We’ve had some opportunities, and that’s probably been one of the most frustrating things for us this year,” Williams said. “I don’t say that for me Cheap Joel Iyiegbuniwe Jersey , but for them, too. From hand skills to obviously just timing, we have to do a better job timing-wise.
“It’s find ball, see ball, get ball. We have all of those types of things where we have periods (in practice) dedicated to just stripping the football and the skillset that goes with that. I talk all of the time about these big Titans Harold Landry Jersey , strong men. Are you telling me that the running back can hold onto the ball if you forcibly snap the ball from them? What’s the deal? Sometimes it’s the focus deal. They have had some things that have gone very well. We have to do better at that.”
The Browns won’t have to worry about Brown, who has always been a nemesis for them, but they will have to deal with Steelers rookie wide receiver Ju Ju Smith-Schuster. Smith-Schuster played but did not catch a pass in the season opener when the Steelers beat the Browns 21-18 in Cleveland. He has 49 receptions for 774 yards since then — a team best 15.8 yards per catch average — and six touchdown catches. Only Brown with nine has more.
The Browns can’t feel too comfortable if Roethlisberger doesn’t play. Tomlin chose to rest Big Ben for the entire game in the 2016 finale against the Browns. Landry Jones started and completed 24 of 37 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He threw the winning touchdown pass of 26 yards to Cobi Hamilton in overtime. Bell and Brown were also rested the entire game.
Roethlisberger (not injury related), wide receiver Brown (calf) and center Maurkice Pouncey (hip) did not practice with the Steelers on Wednesday..