Two years later, Newsome was promoted to assistant to the head coach/offense/pro personnel before later becoming a director of pro personnel.
It was a steady climb for Newsome, who learned the details of talent evaluation from
By the time the
The former NFL Executive of the Year can trace his scouting roots back to his Cleveland days.
"The preparation, I think it came when I was asked to stay within the organization," Newsome said. "I just asked Mr. Modell. I wanted to stay on the football side, and he allowed that, but the preparation came from being around Ernie Accorsi and Bill Belichick and being able to listen to those guys for the first two or three years and to gain as much education as I could get.
"We know how great Ernie was, and you see how good Bill has been, but bing able to learn from both of those guys really helped prepare me. The other thing that I think was so beneficial is that whole group that came over from Cleveland, me, Phil [Savage] [
Now, the Ravens are in the
Newsome has one Super Bowl ring from the 2000 Ravens squad that defeated the
He has designs on earning another one with this year's
"Ozzie is the foundation of the Ravens," Ravens coach
"There is no us without Ozzie. We're not here without Ozzie Newsome. Ozzie would be the first guy to point to the rest of the scouts. You work right through the group: [assistant general manager]
Just as Harbaugh predicted, Newsome was quick to deflect credit for how this team was built, noting that it's an organizational accomplishment.
"From this standpoint, it's not necessarily about what I can do as an individual," Newsome said. "It's about me having a collective group of people around me that see the game, who work at the game the same way that I work at it, have the same visions and goals that I do.