Originally posted on Ravens Football Machine  |  Last updated 2/1/12
Owner Steve Bisciotti's anual "State of the Ravens" press conference went off smoothly at One Winning Drive on Wednesday. But Bisciotti admitted that missing a Super Bowl appearance "by inches" has not gone down smoothly with his own emotions.Steve Bisciotti (pictured here at a Maryland basketball game earlier) went on record as saying he wants to extend Ray Rice and Joe Flacco to long-term contracts. He also said it "will take a while longer" for him to lose the bitter taste of a last-second playoff defeat in New England, but that he and Ozzie Newsome and Dick Cass and John Harbaugh will meet again in a "retreat" setting and start diving into 2012 free agency issues...and by then everyone should be feeling a lot better.Bisciotti emphatically backed the play of quarterback Joe Flacco and guaranteed running back Ray Rice will be on the roster next season. Rice is an unrestricted free agent and Flacco’s contract expires after the 2012 season. But Bisciotti promised both would be “part...
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