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Ravens’ GM Ozzie Newsome says he learned the art of self-scouting from Bill Belichick

05.11.11 at 4:21 pm ET
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While much is made about the success or failure of many of the members of the “Belichick Coaching Tree,” one of the most successful men who got his start under Bill Belichick doesn’t walk a sideline. Ozzie Newsome, the GM of the Ravens, said he picked up several things while working as a special assignment scout under Belichick in Cleveland, including the art of self-scouting. In a conference call with Baltimore season-ticket holders, he stressed that one of the most important things he learned about the game came as a result of him working with Belichick.

“I was taught, by Bill Belichick, at a very early age that scouting begins on Sunday,” said Newsome. “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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