OWINGS MILLS – Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti rarely addresses the media, so when he does, people listen closely. During his “State of the Ravens” press conference Tuesday, Bisciotti gave measured responses, and continued his support for general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh despite the Ravens (8-8) missing the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.
Here are five of Bisciotti’s most interesting comments:
1.) On his feelings about the 2016 season, in a word:
“Bewildered. I thought our offense started playing better, and then our defense collapsed in the last four weeks.”
2.) Bisciotti expressed faith in Newsome, Harbaugh, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta, and quarterback Joe Flacco. However, he admitted they all needed to improve their performance.
“I think John (Harbaugh) can coach better, I think Ozzie and Eric can draft better, I think Joe can play better, and I think if all of them do – and I think they’re capable and determined to be better – then I think next year we’re sitting here with a playoff-caliber team.”
3.) On the Ravens’ getting too pass-happy this season:
“I was really disappointed in the lack of a running game, a lack of a commitment to the running game. I don’t think that we’re going to be successful putting the ball in the air 600-some times. It’s just not our identity. I think it’s bad, and I think that we’ll change it.”
4.) On showing patience with the Ravens’ power structure:
“I didn’t get where I was by just firing people. I think it’s a bad model, especially in this business.”
5.) On not making decisions out of anger:
“I don’t think you can manage anything really with anger. I may have been angry after games, but that’s why John and I don’t talk after games.”