OWINGS MILLS – The angst of a difficult season did not make Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti change how much he valued continuity.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn’t have to worry about getting the phone call that Lovie Smith got Wednesday night, when the Buccaneers called to fire Smith as head coach after just two seasons. Harbaugh still has a splendid track record of success – six playoff seasons in eight years, including a Super Bowl victory and 10 career playoff wins. But Harbaugh also had a boss in Bisciotti who refused to overreact after the Ravens’ 5-11 season.
“If you go through the league, the winning teams are the ones that have the least turnover in their front office and their coaching staffs,” Bisciotti said Thursday during the “State of the Ravens” press conference. “It’s stark. You just don’t turn things over. You guys would be getting a whole lot more juice if you were down in Tampa. You’re missing their press conference. They’re doing one right now. You’d have a whole lot more to write about.
“I’m proud of these guys (Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome). I like John as much as I did when we hired him eight years ago. You just can’t turn things over based on your record. That just sends you down. You might have a blip up, but we want the blip down to be the abnormality.
“The other teams that aren’t getting to the top are the ones that have been through two, three, and four coaches, and one, two, and three different GM’s in just this last seven or eight years. Continuity I think is a huge part of the recipe for success.”
The flip side is that Bisciotti expects to be rewarded for his faith in the people running the Ravens’ football operations. Newsome, at age 59, said he was more motivated than ever to get the Ravens back into the playoff.
“I still enjoy every aspect of my job,” Newsome said. “I have no problem getting up, coming to work every day. If and when I do decide to leave this organization, whether it’s by my decision or Steve’s, I want this organization to be as healthy as it’s ever been when I decide to step away.”