When the Ravens reached an agreement with Eric DeCosta to remain with the organization and not interview for general manager jobs elsewhere, it led some to wonder whether DeCosta would be taking over for Ozzie Newsome as Ravens GM in the near future.
Speaking at yesterday’s State of the Ravens press conference, Newsome shot those rumors down, saying he doesn’t have any intention of retiring anytime soon.
“I enjoy coming to work every single day,” Newsome said. “I work with good people. I enjoy Steve (Bisciotti), Dick (Cass). John (Harbaugh) and I, we have a blast together - the coaches, my staff. I enjoy coming to work. I don’t know if I have a bad day. I might make a lot of mistakes, but I don’t know if I have a bad day at the office. With the people that are in the building, I really, really enjoy what I do.”
Newsome has served as the Ravens’ general manager since November of 2002, and in that time has become one of the most respected executives in the league.
He’s also been rumored to be a candidate for the athletic director position at the University of Alabama. At the same time, DeCosta has been talked about as the Ravens’ GM in waiting, but it appears he’ll be doing just that for the foreseeable future - waiting.
“I don’t know how much longer (I’ll do this),” Newsome said. “I want Super Bowls. Steve and I talk about two Super Bowls and three Super Bowls. Once I get to that point, I’ll start deciding. But I enjoy coming to work every day. This is a great place to come to work at. And, these three guys up here, they’re great to work with.”
Meanwhile, the Ravens officially announced the hire of Don “Wink” Martindale as linebackers coach. Martindale last served as the Broncos’ defensive coordinator in 2010.
“Don brings extensive pro and college experience to the Ravens, and he has been a defensive coordinator at both levels,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “He’s known for his hard work, intelligence and thorough teaching, and his players have always responded well to his coaching. He’ll earn the respect of our players. I’m confident about that.”
Martindale has seven years of NFL experience, five working with the Raiders’ linebackers and then as linebackers coach in Denver for one season prior to his promotion to defensive coordinator.
Before entering the NFL ranks, Martindale spent three seasons at Western Kentucky University, including one year on the staff of Jack Harbaugh - John’s father.
“I am excited to be part of a great team and great organization like the Ravens,” Martindale said. “When I got the call, it was a no-brainer. There has always been a great defense here, led by tremendously talented players and coaches, and I am thrilled to be a part of a proven system.”
UPDATE: The Ravens sent out a press release late Thursday afternoon clarifying that Martindale will actually serve as inside linebackers coach, while Ted Monachino has been promoted to overall linebackers coach.
Monachino was the Ravens’ outside linebackers coach the last two seasons.