Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Newsome: "I was taught by Bill Belichick"

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens veteran general manager Ozzie Newsome has always been a fixture at every practice, attending each session and keeping a watchful eye.

He wants to know his football team better than any other.

The Hall of Fame tight end learned the value of self-scouting from New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick when the Super Bowl winning coach was running the original Cleveland Browns.

Newsome rose in the organizational ranks after working for Belichick in coaching and scouting.

"I think everybody has to find their niche where they're very much at ease in their position," Newsome said during a conference call with season ticket holders. "I know Ted Thompson from Green Bay, he came up as a scout, so he likes to be on the road. And I know Phil Savage, when he went to Cleveland, he came through as a scout, so he liked to be on the road. But, I came through as a player. I spent time on the road, but for the most part, I've been in locker rooms and I've been at practice.

"I was taught, by Bill Belichick, at a very early age that scouting begins on Sunday. You need to know your football team. The only way you get to know your football team is you've got to be able to watch them at practice, I watch the practice tape, so that's why I do that. That's my niche. But the only way I can do it, I have to trust [director of player personnel] Eric [DeCosta] and [director of college scouting] Joe [Hortiz] and the scouts and their ability to go out and do their job."

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