Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

28 Dec 2005

Billick Will Be Back With Ravens

The Ravens started the season 3-8, and now have a realistic chance to finish 4-1. I don't know if the teams' recent success has anything to do with owner Steve Bisciotti bringing Billick back, but I'm guessing it didn't hurt.

"We have an ongoing and extensive process to find ways to win," Bisciotti said in a statement released by the team. "This included a thorough evaluation of Brian Billick. Collectively, we concluded that continuing with Brian as head coach gives us the best opportunity to win."

Now Baltimore just needs to decide if Kyle Boller is their quarterback of the future. (free registration/bugmenot required)

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 28 Dec 2005

7 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2006, 11:58am by Tom Kelso

Comments

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by Al H (not verified) :: Wed, 12/28/2005 - 2:06pm

Ah ha! The Packers and Viking's plan worked! An insidious plot to cripple the AFC by more years of Billick and/or Boller.

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by dedkrikit (not verified) :: Wed, 12/28/2005 - 2:20pm

How does that cripple the AFC, though? Doesn't it boost the records of the Steelers and Bengals more than hurt anyone (assuming the Bilick/Boller combo continues to flounder)?

(yeah, yeah, I know it was just a joke... :p)

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by TheWedge (not verified) :: Wed, 12/28/2005 - 2:44pm

I know Billick gets a lot of flack for his inability to develop a QB but he's not a bad coach. I mean he's won a superbowl, led the Ravens through some salary cap hell, and kept his team in contention in a lot of seasons despite their failings.

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Wed, 12/28/2005 - 2:59pm

If Billick was gonna be fired for anything, it shoulda' been for the Elvis Grbac fiasco, assuming he was the driving force behind that mess.

Anybody who kept Trent Dilfer from driving the bus off the cliff in three consecutive post-season games must be able to coach a little bit, however.

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by Bassett (not verified) :: Wed, 12/28/2005 - 3:17pm

Glad to see that an "offensive genius" like Billick is getting the slack that he deserves and has consistently proven in Baltimore (tongue planted firmly in cheek)

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by Steve Z (not verified) :: Wed, 12/28/2005 - 8:57pm

As a Steelers’ fan, I can’t figure out which is preferable: Billick returning for another season or Billick getting the axe.

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by Tom Kelso (not verified) :: Wed, 01/04/2006 - 11:58am

Well, now we know what happened: Billick got the ultimatum to shape up his act or get out.

When the owner says publicly that the coach needs to change the way he deals with players, there's not much room for interpretation. Bisciotti has just put his stamp on the operation; I say it's even money that Billick makes it to the beginning of next season -- and he will be fired midseason if there's another trough like this year.