Reporting Mark Viviano
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Four days after the Ravens’ Super Bowl win, the lockers are cleaned out and the team is looking ahead. And Baltimore football fans are already hoping for a repeat.
Sports Director Mark Viviano has more from the Ravens’ top brass.
No rest for the winners. Ten hours of meetings Wednesday, more this weekend. Back to the drawing board to draw up another championship season.
Team President Dick Cass, Coach John Harbaugh, G.M. Ozzie Newsome and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti were joined Thursday by a special guest: the Lombardi Trophy, a sterling silver memento of the team’s ultimate accomplishment.
They’ve had days to bask in their Super Bowl victory, so the question now is: Can they do it again? That’s the goal, but Harbaugh says the word “repeat” means nothing to them.
“I don’t really believe in the defending champ thing. It’s not boxing. They don’t give you a belt then you fight for the title. We were the champions, the 2012 NFL champions were the Baltimore Ravens,” he said.
“We’re going to try to build a consistent winner and we’ve got this one in the bank. Like John said, you can never take it away from us and I’m just proud for Baltimore, for everybody that gets to bask in this,” said Bisciotti.
Basking to business. Priority number one is a contract for quarterback Joe Flacco, whose agent says should be the highest paid QB in the league. Strategies to keep Flacco include the franchise tag, but will that even be necessary?
“Those are just some of the things that we’ll talk about. But I’m coming away today thinking that we can get a deal done,” Newsome said. “I’ve got a very good owner. He understands the business, he understands the importance of certain positions so I’m optimistic.”
“We both know that we want each other. It’s up to Oz and Joe Linta to work that out. Then Joe and I will go golf or something like that,” joked Bisciotti.
Joe Linta is Joe Flacco’s agent. Those negotiations are soon to intensify.
Other tidbits from Thursday’s news conference:
Steve Bisciotti says he’s begun looking at designs for the team’s Super Bowl rings and has been told by the players they want white gold. Bisciotti also says we can expect to see a Ray Lewis statue somewhere near the stadium in the next year or two.