Baltimore Ravens new director general, Eric DeCosta, ripped off reports of conflict with John Harbaugh and praised the coach for his friendship, vision and conviction during his inaugural press conference on Wednesday.
"I can tell you, John is the only coach I want to work with," DeCosta said.
DeCosta pointed out that they are both neighbors in the Ravens plant and in real life. DeCosta and Harbaugh live about 100 meters apart.
In recent months, The Baltimore Sun and the local sports radio station speculated that DeCosta and Harbaugh were "out of the closet" and had a "tense relationship". DeCosta, who replaced Ozzie Newsome as General Manager, said the speculation bothered him.
"I would read it and all I would think for myself is:" We have enemies out there trying to create separations and cracks and crevices and the like & # 39; & # 39; said DeCosta, "So I understand it. But it bothered me a bit, I think, because it just was not true and it was a personal thing. It was not work related, it was not a game or something that would do it. They affect the outcome of a game or strategy. It was personal and it just was not true. "
Harbaugh, who attended the DeCosta press conference earlier this month, said that he admires DeCosta's energy and passion, having worked side by side for the last 11 years since Harbaugh became a coach in 2008. DeCosta, the initially working as an intern on the Ravens and rising ladder, was appointed Assistant GM in 2012.
The Ravens and Harbaugh agreed to a new four-year agreement until 2022.
DeCosta acknowledged that Harbaugh and himself did not always agree especially when it comes to evaluating players.
"I think what I've learned Over the years … it's healthy to have disagreements or to see things differently," DeCosta said make the best decision for the organization, and you do so by talking about things, not running away from them, not closing your door. They talk about these things. They confront the problem. "