Tag:Steve Bisciotti
Posted on: August 18, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Owners haven't forgotten about 18-game schedule

BisciottiPosted by Josh Katzowitz

In case you thought the owners were just going to forget about a proposed 18-game schedule simply because the players successfully tabled that discussion from the recently-signed CBA, that doesn’t mean the issue still isn’t on at least one owner’s mind (and probably on the mind of every owner and commissioner Roger Goodell).

"I think it became such a flashpoint, that our negotiating team figured that it wasn't worth pushing," said Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, via the Carroll County Times. "What we did as a show of faith was to go from what we had as a unilateral opportunity to impose 18 games in the old CBA, we agreed to let it become a negotiating point with the union going forward. Nobody likes things being forced on them, and the fact that the old CBA made it clear that we could impose it on them, I think that it kind of made them angrier that they didn't feel like they were getting heard.

"We felt that it was in our players' best interests to leave it out of this fight and open it up for negotiation a year or two from now and see what the additional revenue would be so that they're making a decision with eyes wide open."

As CBSSports.com’s Clark Judge pointed out last month, an 18-game schedule could begin by 2013 if the players agreed to it. Even if it seems like hardly anybody, but the NFL, is interested in pursuing it or watching it.

Obviously, this is an issue that has been hovering over the labor negotiations for the past few years, and the players were adamant about not getting a new schedule included in the latest CBA. Here was my interview with Bengals T Andrew Whitworth way back in June 2010 about this very subject:

CBSSports.com: Lots of talk today and yesterday about the 18-game schedule. What are your thoughts?

Andrew Whitworth: We want to do anything to make the game better for the fans. If an 18-game schedule will do that, that would be great. But there’s also some things player-wise and health-wise that might be an issue. We feel like if we’re going to have to do that, there has to be some things that change as far as the offseason and training camp.

CBS: Are you talking about just the offseason stuff, or are you also talking about increased health care?

AW: You have to do one of two things; you have to improve the situation now with improving the OTAs or during the season where there’s less contact or you’ve got to attack the health-care issue and give the guys better health care when they’re done. Right now, with most players, even if they play 15 years, they only have -- at the most -- five year of health care. That’s kind of ridiculous what guys go through.

CBS: Do you think the 18-game schedule will happen?

AW: I think the owners definitely want it. I know they’ve prepared for it in their future schedules from what I’ve seen. It’s something they’ll go forward with. But there has to be other things that improve for that to happen.


In the new CBA, the owners gave the players health care for life, and they’ve lessened the offseason workout schedule as well, all in the name of player health. So, it’s not like the players can say the owners don’t care about the well-being of their employees (they even changed the kickoff rules!).

But at some point, it seems inevitable that an 18-game schedule will be part of the NFL season. Remember, Colts president Bill Polian called an 18-game season “fait accompli.” But, like Judge points out, we still can’t figure out how the league can claim to care so much about player safety and then add two more games to the schedule. It doesn’t make sense.

Unless, we’re discussing what the NFL really cares about: money. Then, it makes all the sense in the world.

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Posted on: April 30, 2011 11:55 am
 

Ravens get no relief from Bears

Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti is not pleased with Chicago (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

NEW YORK – The trade deal that fell through at the last moment and cost the Ravens the No. 26 pick in the first round of the NFL draft continues to fester in the mind of Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti a few days later.

(In case you need a behind the scenes look at what happened, click this link. )

Though the Ravens wanted the Bears follow through and give them the fourth-round pick Chicago originally had agreed to trade (and though commissioner Roger Goodell apparently encouraged the Bears to give Baltimore some retribution), Chicago has refused to do.

Instead, the Bears traded their fourth-round pick in order to move up in the second round and take DT Stephen Paea.

Bisciotti is not happy with it.

“I’m disappointed in the Bears and the McCaskeys,” Bisciotti told the Baltimore Sun, via the Chicago Tribune. “It is, in my opinion, a deviation from their great legacy. They concluded that their heartfelt and admirable apology was sufficient for our loss. All of us at the Ravens strongly disagree … probably end of story.”

On the Bears side, they feel they don’t owe anybody anything. They’d already called Baltimore on Friday to give an apology, but as far as following through on a trade that never actually occured, Chicago’s management wasn’t prepared to give up any of its draft picks.

“We made an honest mistake,” Bears GM Jerry Angelo said. “No more than that. There was total transparency. You make your apologies and we did and if there are consequences, you accept those consequences and then you move on. So be it.

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Posted on: April 29, 2011 10:14 am
Edited on: April 29, 2011 10:14 am
 

Ravens still seeking a pick from the Bears

Posted by Andy Benoit

There was some confusion during the 26th pick in the first round of the draft Thursday night. The Ravens wound up accidentally passing on their selection because they got stuck on the phone with the Bears. The two teams were working out a trade in which the Bears would give their fourth-round pick to the Ravens to move up from number 29 to 26.

However, the Bears were supposed to call the league after finishing the deal but failed to do so.

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"It was our fault," Bears GM Jerry Angelo said, according to the Chicago Sun Times. "[The Ravens] did everything according to the rules.
"It worked out. We got our player." (That player was Gabe Carimi.)

The Ravens got their player, too (cornerback Jimmy Smith). The only harm done is that Smith, picked 27th, will now get a slightly richer contract than he would have received had he been picked 29th.

Angelo later called Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to apologize. The Ravens, however, are still demanding a pick from the Bears (presumably that fourth-rounder). They have filed an appeal with the league and will get word about it on Friday or Saturday.

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Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Hot Routes 3.31.11: Lights, camera, action



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Larry Johnson, set to go on trial for allegedly spitting a drink on a woman at a bar in 2008, thinks he can’t get a fair jury trial in Kansas City. Any place, his attorney said, would be better than Kansas City.
  • Apparently, Ravens S Tom Zbikwoski isn’t the only Ravens player who can handle himself in a fight. Watch how Kelly Gregg (a three-time state wrestling champion in Oklahoma) and Arthur Jones (a two-time state titlist in New York) go after each other in this video. With Ray Lewis on the play-by-play.
  • Washington QB Jake Locker participated in his Pro Day on Wednesday and completed 38 of 40 attempts against the air (his only two misses came on 50-yard passes). But not everybody is convinced he’s going to be a star. Analyst Michael Lombardi thinks Locker is a project and wouldn’t draft him before the third round.
  • ESPN New York reports Giants C Shaun O’Hara underwent his second surgery of the offseason this week to clean out his left ankle and Achilles. Earlier this offseason, he had surgery on his right foot.
  • One of the more interesting storylines of the NFL draft will be about Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers, his balky knee and which team will take a chance on him. Some analysts are saying he’s off a couple teams’ draft boards completely because of failed physicals.

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Ravens doing best to keep No. 2 front office exec

Posted by Andy Benoit

Eric DeCosta might be the most touted front office executive in the NFL who currently does not hold final decision-making powers for his club. The 39-year-old became the Ravens director of player personnel in 2009. For six years before that, he headed the team's scouting department.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti makes no bones about it: DeCosta is the heir apparent to GM Ozzie Newsome. The challenge for the Ravens is keeping DeCosta around long enough to carry out the plan. Newsome, one of the best GM’s in the business, is only 55.

Last year, DeCosta took himself out of the running for the Seattle Seahawks GM position. His loyalty was appreciated, but Seattle's was also an easy job to pass up. After all, it did not come with the power of final say on personnel (head coach Pete Carroll has that power). So what can the Ravens do to keep DeCosta from scratching that itch of ambition that most people in his position have?

“We worked out a nice new contract with Eric that gives him a lot of financial incentive to stay,” Bisciotti told the Baltimore Sun. “It’s not enough to stop him from leaving but enough to encourage him to stay. We addressed it right after the (2010) draft. He was very appreciative and very happy. With this new agreement, I think it would take a perfect job in the perfect city in order for Eric to say he’s not willing to be Ozzie’s successor.”

The Ravens are in the clear for 2011. But keeping their future GM will likely be a year-by-year challenge.

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Posted on: March 25, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Hot Routes 3.25.11: Running the 40 ain't easy



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The video (and story) of the day goes to Yahoo! Sports’ Doug Farrar who had Da’Quan Bowers tape his 40-yard dash attempts and then released it to the world. It’s embarrassing and hilarious and full of awesomeness. Bowers’ best line comes after Farrar’s second attempt: "Don't think he trained with us here at API. Because he didn't. We don't do that around here." The video is embedded below.
  • There’s not much new news in this Ron Borges (of the Boston Herald) column, but you have to admire his lede. He sits on a toilet when he overhears NFL attorney Bob Batterman talking to a colleague about the labor negotiations. I’ve never gleaned any information in quite this manner, and honestly, I hope I never do. But hey, cheers to Borges to never being off the clock.
  • Charlotte Observer beat reporter Joe Person has a prediction on who the Panthers will make the No. 1 pick at the draft: Blaine Gabbert.
  • New Broncos coach John Fox believes that switching the team’s defense from the 3-4 to the 4-3 will really help Denver rush the passer.



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Posted on: January 21, 2011 10:51 am
 

Hot Routes 1.21.11: what does Mean Gene think?



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Mean Gene Okerlund weighed in on Bart Scott’s post-game rant last Sunday. Said Mean Gene: “On a scale of one to 10, I would give him an eight. A good interview has to create emotion. You can do that through love or hate, or just by entertaining people, and he does that.”
  • Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti lays down the gauntlet for new OL coach Andy Moeller: there better not be any more alcohol-related incidents, or you’ll be fired.

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 9:20 am
 

Hot Routes 09.10.10: Still too much cursing

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Good news for the Rams: QB A.J. Feeley is feeling healthy. Oh wait, that doesn’t matter. He’s not going to start any way. Not with Sam Bradford feeling good. "I've said all along, it was going to be his job — it was just a matter of when." Feeley told the St. Louis Post Dispatch. "It was kind of predicated on when he was ready. And he's ready.”

- Cowboys LG Kyle Kosier and RT Marc Colombo continue not to practice in Dallas. It’s becoming less and less likely that they’ll play the team’s season opener against Washington.

- Another offensive line story, this one out of Jets headquarters. Matt Slauson has beat out second-round pick Vladimir Ducasse for the starting left guard spot heading into Monday night’s game vs. the Ravens. I’m sure Slauson will be welcomed warmly by Baltimore’s defensive linemen, namely Kelly Gregg and Haloti Ngata.

- Roger Goodell recently said he wants a new labor deal to be done in March. NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith countered that by saying he wants a new agreement signed by November. NFL.com has the full story.

- Good lord, Tony Dungy just won’t let go of this Rex-Ryan-curses-too-much storyline. Enough already, man.

- When Keith Bulluck signed with the Giants in the offseason, it was thought he would replace Jonathan Goff at the middle linebacker spot. But Goff had a good training camp, and now, New York is rewarding him by making him the starter (and moving Bulluck to the outside). Goff seems honored.

- Speaking of the Giants, things are not going well between RB Brandon Jacobs, who just lost his starting spot to Ahmad Bradshaw, and the front office. In effect, Bradshaw says, Jacobs is feuding with team management. Jacobs, though, says everything is cool between him and Bradshaw – who, it should be noted, has started just one time in his four-year career.

- Ask around the Bengals locker room, and in some players’ eyes, there’s no question. They’d rather have Carson Palmer at quarterback than anybody else in the league. Of course, what would you expect them to say? That they’d rather have Tom Brady leading their team? Of course not.

-Panthers linebacker Thomas Jones hasn’t given up on playing this season, despite suffering his second ACL tear within a seven-month period. Jones said he’s on course to be back by mid-season.

-Even when Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti called on his quarterback to be even better this year, that hardly fazed Joe Flacco. Why is that? Maybe, the nickname the Baltimore Sun’s Mike Preston has bestowed upon him can give you an idea: Joe Cool.

- Champ Bailey and the Broncos are talking about a four-year contract extension.

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