By Kris Jones
On Wednesday the Ravens held their annual State of the Ravens address with owner Steve Bisciotti, president Dick Cass, general manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh.
Here are a few bullet points of what was discussed:
Bisciotti on not making the playoffs:
"We're all very disappointed here, as disappointed as our fans are more-so. I'm comfortable with where we are and where we're headed."
Bisciotti also said that his role won't change, he's there for support for his front office and help them overcome the failures they experienced on the football field this year.
Juan Castillo to Return, per John Harbaugh:
"I can understand why Juan is the lightning rod right now because of the structure. Juan functioned as the lead offensive line coach. Going forward, our plan is to improve, to get better."
The Ravens will also move forward with Castillo, who Harbaugh admitted was the offensive line coach, even though his title was the run game coordinator. Harbaugh announced that Castillo will continue to be the lead offensive line coach for the upcoming season.
Ozzie Newsome on restructuring contracts:
"I think we'll continue with our theme of not restructuring contracts."
Newsome alluded to extending contracts of players in their final year of their deal versus a restructure. Likely candidates will be Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata, who like Ray Lewis will likely sign a deal to ensure they retire as a Raven.
"We have a history of getting good deals done heading into that last year," Newsome said.
Newsome on the running game struggles:
"To say we're disappointed in the run game, no doubt," he said.
Bisciotti on himself as an owner:
"I'm really not a football guy," he said. "I watch like a fan with a little more knowledge." Bisciotti also believe that fans appreciate the fact that he's a little more of a loose cannon than some of his peers."
Bisciotti added: "I expect more in the second half of the season."
Newsome then chimed in saying," we're going to look at the offense with the same fine-tooth comb as we looked at the defense last year."
Franchise Tag To Be Used?
"It's a possibility," Newsome said. "We'll have the opportunity to go down to the principal's office this weekend (Steve Bisciotti's home in Jupiter, FL) and we'll air everything out there."
Newsome on Terrell Suggs
"I've had the opportunity to talk to Terrell every day. That's a decision we'll talk about when we get down to Jupiter."
"Terrell is a real good football player, he not only shows up in the pass game but he shows up in the run game. With that being said, we let a good football player go last year [Paul Kruger]. We'll look at it and see what's best for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Ravens and make that decision once we get to it."
Bisciotti on instant replay and the referees:
"They already had a tough job, and then you talk about [technological advancements]. I think we can look at revamping."
"I'm all for doing it the NHL way," referring to replays being looked at elsewhere and a call relayed to the head referee. Instead of taking almost three minutes to get a ruling on a replay, they could "expedite it and make it better," he said.
"If I can kick their asses a little bit faster, I will," he said. "I think we need to make it fairer for the refs, not easier for the refs, but fairer."
Newsome on in-season trade:
It appears that the Jacksonville Jaguars called the Ravens to initate the trade for Eugene Monroe, their first in-season trade in the 18-year history of the franchise.
"It ended up being very unique in how it was able to be done," Newsome said. "You probably can't imagine the amount of time we spent on making that decision. We did it because we felt it would help us to win this year, but give us the potential to win going forward. He's our player right now and we don't have to get him as a unrestricted free agent."
If the Ravens re-sign Monroe, they wouldn't lose a compensatory draft pick as they would if Monroe was an unrestricted free agent.