If you thought Ozzie Newsome would spend his days on sun-splashed golf courses far, far away from The Castle after he stepped down as Ravens general manager last year, you would be so, so wrong.
Newsome still comes to work every day at the stately team headquarters that looks like some compound from the Medieval era. He just missed his first practice session of the season this week, lured out of town for Pro Football Hall of Fame committee work. He still reviews every practice on videotape. Still grades every player. Still studies the NFL to glean institutional intel.
His former long-time understudy, Eric DeCosta, was elevated to GM and has the final authority on personnel matters …and begrudgingly moved into Newsome’s old office.