CURRENT JOB: Assistant General Manager, Baltimore Ravens (2012)
DOB: 4/10/71 (Age 41)
Director of Player Personnel, Baltimore Ravens (2009-2011)
Director of College Scouting, Baltimore Ravens (2003-2008)
Midwest Area Scout, Baltimore Ravens (1998-2002)
Talent Evaluation - 15 Years
Talent Acquisition - 4 Years
Salary Cap Management - 1 Year
Offensive Line Coach John Matsko was on the Ravens staff from 2008 to 2010. No local ties. He's pretty much spent his entire life in the Northeast.
ODDS AND ENDS:
The Sporting News called him one of the top young stars in sports management in 2005. Admitted in an interview that he reads draft previews and looks at mock drafts.
Plenty to like about DeCosta. He's consistently been praised for his work as an evaluator. Not necessarily surprising given that he's worked many years under a man considered one of the best talent evaluators in the league, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome. That said, up until this year DeCosta didn't really work much with the cap, so he's limited there. That hasn't scared anyone off, though. He's definitely been in demand by teams looking for a GM.
The big issue, though? Look down the resume’ and you’ll notice a bit of a trend.
The Ravens are the only team DeCosta has worked for in an official position (he interned with the Redskins in 1995) and there are pretty good indicators they might be the only team he cares to work for as well. Last offseason, three different teams asked for permission to interview DeCosta for GM openings. DeCosta declined all of them. There’s also speculation that the Ravens 2012 raise / change in title was essentially meant to reassure DeCosta that he was Ozzie Newsome’s heir apparent.
Sorry folks. I think this one’s a pipe dream.
“He considers the Ravens GM position his future dream job…”
- Don Banks, Sports Illustrated
Ravens Team Bio (link)
Baltimore Ravens Draft History at NFL.com (link)
Ravens' DeCosta spurns GM interviews to remain with club (link)
Eric DeCosta One on One (link)
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