On Now
Coming Up
  • Thu., Apr. 26, 2018 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT Flock Party Draft Edition Fans are invited to attend the Ravens Flock Party: Draft Edition at Hightopps Backstage Grille to watch the first night of the NFL Draft. Starting at 6 p.m., 98 Rock and WBAL Radio will broadcast live, while Ravens alumni players, including WR Jacoby Jones and FB Le’Ron McClain, Ravens Cheerleaders and mascot Poe join the festivities onsite for a night of giveaways, photos and autographs. Fans in attendance will also have a chance to enter to win a $10,000 cash prize by correctly picking the Ravens’ first draft pick.
  • Thu., Apr. 26, 2018 8:00 PM EDT NFL Draft Follow the Baltimore Ravens through the 2018 NFL Draft.
  • Sat., Apr. 28, 2018 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT Draft Fest On Saturday, April 28, the Ravens will host Ravens Draft Fest, presented by Verizon, at a new location – Baltimore’s Inner Harbor – from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fans will be able to watch Day Three of the NFL Draft and be a part of Ravens history when the team announces its fourth-, fifth- and sixth-round selections live from the Baltimore Harbor via the NFL Network.
  • Thu., May. 31, 2018 5:00 PM EDT Beach Bash Flock to the Beach with the Ravens for our annual Ravens Beach Bash presented by Miller Lite.



John Harbaugh, Ozzie Newsome Have a 'Phenomenal Relationship'

Posted Jan 9, 2018

The Ravens head coach said that he and Ozzie Newsome have a great system in place and they lean on each on when making decisions.

John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome have spent the last 10 years working just across the hall from each other.

A decade of consistency with the head coach and general manager is extremely rare in the NFL, but Baltimore’s decision makers are two of the league’s longest-tenured in their positions. 

They both understand their roles and have avoided the in-fighting that can sink a football team. Newsome and Harbaugh aren’t doing any finger pointing now as they look back on the 2017 season, and Harbaugh dismissed a question during his season-review press conference last week about whether he wants a larger role in deciding roster personnel.

“We have a great system here,” Harbaugh said. “Ozzie and I have a phenomenal relationship. We work every single day to be the best that we can be. He helps me, and I help him. He is involved in football, and I am involved in personnel. We understand each other’s areas, and we work together.”

The Ravens are structured in a way where Newsome has control over the team’s 53-man roster and the draft, but Harbaugh certainly has input in the entire process. Harbaugh also decides who to activate on gameday and how to use those players.

Some head coaches also have control over personnel, but the Ravens have maintained the traditional approach to divide the power. They both understand who makes the final call for certain decisions, but they work together to reach those conclusions.

“That is the way that it has to work,” Harbaugh said. “I will be involved in personnel to whatever degree I can to help the best I can, because I understand the roster. I understand how we want to fill the roster and how we can make the team better more than anybody does.”

Harbaugh and Newsome are both focused on building a team this offseason that can get the Ravens back to the postseason. They will look for the right fits in free agency and then bolster the team through the draft.

They have the No. 16 pick again in this year’s class – the same spot where they drafted cornerback Marlon Humphrey last year – and they know how important it will be nail this year’s selections.

“We have to draft well,” Harbaugh said. “We have to do a great job of bringing in guys that can make our team better. There are going to be specific areas that I will be looking to bolster on the roster for sure, and Ozzie feels the same way.”

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos