Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

21 Apr 2006

Ray Lewis Fails to Endorse Billick

From the story: "Asked ... whether keeping Billick was a move in the right direction, [Ray Lewis] paused briefly before saying, 'No comment.' " To which Billick responded, "Where I draw my conclusions from is my direct interaction with the athlete ... I have no problems with what was said. I'm excited about where Ray is right now..." (bugmenot/free registration required)

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 21 Apr 2006

26 comments, Last at 22 Apr 2006, 1:34am by jonnyblazin


by mawbrew (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 9:54am

So Ray isn't keen on Billick but he is keen on making his job easier. I'm gonna go out on a limb and predict that the feeling is probably mutual.

by Nuk (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 10:00am

Maybe he just didn't want to answer, despite liking Billick. When students ask me inappropriate questions, I make a point of never answering, even when the honest answer would be the most acceptable one. Who knows what Lewis' reasons are for not answering?

by James, London (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 10:05am

"Who knows what Lewis’ reasons are for not answering?"

He was double-teamed.

by MRH (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 10:16am

"The thing that frustrates a person like myself is if you don't give me the proper tools to be dominant," Lewis said.

And no doubt that would be best for the team...

by Luz (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 10:27am

poor, poor ray ray. life must be tough when you're the "michael jordan of football" but they've taken away your scottie pippen. not to mention the disrespect of merely being overpaid instead of grossly overpaid.

by Green Bay for Life (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 11:01am

Dear Ray Lewis,

I understand that for a time while you payed football that you were and could be the most dominant LB out there on the field. However I do not belive that the ravens oragnization has failed to give you the tools to suceed at your job. I feel that perhaps you should look deep down inside yourself and see that if is not perhaps AGE and the wear and tear of multiple football seasons that have made you loose a step and not be able to penatrate into the backfield like you were once able to do so. I understand that you still belive that you have the body and strength that you had back in 2000, however it is five years and 78 regular season football games later. So from all of us that have watched you play over the years, "GET OVER YOUSELF, GROW UP OR GET OUT."

A Fed up Fan


I am also sending this letter to your friends Steve McNair, Brett Favre, and Drew Bledsoe.

by Pat (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 11:46am

Alternate titles:

"Ray Lewis Fails To Confirm That Billick Sucks"
"Ray Lewis Fails To Suggest That Billick Can't Coach"
"Ray Lewis Has No Idea Whether Or Not Billick Will Make The Ravens Suck Next Year"

Next week:
"Ray Lewis Fails To Confirm That Billick Isn't Gay"

Jeez. "No comment" means something. It means "no comment." It doesn't mean Lewis thinks that Billick can't coach. It means he didn't want to comment on it.

Sorry. Pet peeve. I've long since refused to read into "no comment." It doesn't mean he doesn't believe Billick's doing a good job. It means he doesn't want to comment about it. Journalists need to get over that.

by Green Bay for Life (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 12:06pm

RE 7

Pat my letter(#6) was not about the "No Comment", like you I have learned to just ignore that. But my leter was addressed to what he did say and what #4 did quote. He may not have a problem with Billick, but he does have a problem with not getting the "talent" around him so he can do his job better. That is why I phrased the letter the way I did.

by B (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 12:23pm

'The thing that frustrates a person like myself is if you don’t give me the proper tools to be dominant,' Lewis said.

That would be a knife? Or maybe a good attorney.

by princeton73 (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 12:51pm

He may not have a problem with Billick, but he does have a problem with not getting the “talent� around him so he can do his job better.

then he should have a problem with Ozzie

by cd6 (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 12:54pm

Now if this had read like ''Ray Lewis refuses to comment on whether or not he is planning on stabbing Brian Billick and hiding in the trunk of a car,'' that would be some legitimate news.

Regardless of who is coaching the Ravens, as long as they have Boller under center they will not crack the top half of the AFC north.

by Vlad (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 1:14pm

Now there's a guy with an historic amount of hubris and delusion in him. We should bleed Ray Lewis, investigate, chart and store his DNA to see what creates such self-adoring jerks. The tools he's lacking are called his body, aka himself.

I dont mind the brother not being dominant, but it appears he never SEES when he looks in the mirror, he likes better the product of his imagination.

by jonnyblazin (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 1:16pm

Ok, I defended Ray Lewis's character in a comment board a couple days ago, and now I feel quite bad about that seeing as how RayRay has clearly become (or has always been?) a selfish egomaniac. The very idea that a team should tailor its personel to make its highest paid player happy is the road to ruin: I think it was 2 years ago the Ravens had to cut Gerome Sapp to keep Corey Fuller on the team, just because he was best friends with Dieon. I think the Ravens acknowledged that this was a mistake, and are simply not going baby their superstars anymore.

Re: 11- McNair and Collins are still possibilities.

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 1:20pm

To reprise what I just asked in the thread about Favre commenting on the Titan/McNair relationship, the NFL is a lot more interesting when there are games being played, isn't it?

by Kal (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 1:26pm

So, about that Ray Lewis's character...

by Pat (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 2:28pm

Pat my letter(#6) was not about the “No Comment�

My response wasn't directed to you.

‘’Ray Lewis refuses to comment on whether or not he is planning on stabbing Brian Billick and hiding in the trunk of a car,'’ that would be some legitimate news.

"Mr. Lewis, Mr. Lewis! Have you stopped beating your wife?"

No. It wouldn't be news. It would be him refusing to comment.

by lannychiu (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 3:27pm

Ray's analogy doesn't seem quite right. Jordan was great, and put up terrific numbers, before Pippen came along. He just didn't win a title.

Ray Lewis did not have a good season when deprived of his blockers.

It might be better to say, I am the Karl Malone of football. Once you take away John Stockton making my life easier, I don't perform as well.

Although I guess that doesn't sound as good.

by bobstar (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 3:48pm

What about trading Ray Lewis straight up for Steve McNair?

by Duane (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 4:39pm

So, the icon quarterback is crucified for answering a question put to him, and the icon linebacker is crucified for not answering a question put to him. What's a mother to do?

by JMK (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 5:04pm

Could have been worse...at least he didn't try to stab him.

by MarkB (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 5:33pm

I wouldn't be boasting about needing two fat guys to take on blockers for me. People have been saying that Ray's a fraud, now he's admitting it. Run at him, he folds.

by Green Bay for Life (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 5:51pm

Will Allen is right. We need football going on in the worst way right now. So to change the subject on this thread....

How do you all think the AFL is doing?

What about those Yankees?

Anyone think there is a chance for Tampa to repeat as Stanley cup champions?

Can Phil Mickelson win another Major this year?

Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. ever fill his fathers shoes?

Can the Pistons win it all this year?

by niners fan for life (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 6:34pm

as much as i like ray lewis its time to move on. The ravens should trade him and i know where the san francisco 49ers. Hes a great fit the niners need a linebacker also there coach mike nolan was a defensive coordinater for baltimore. Hopefully this will happen and i know you people are going to bash me for saying this so go ahead!!!

by Green Bay for Life (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 7:13pm

re 23

Now just hold on on the bashing part. We may have gotten off on the wrong foot, but your idea actually has some merit. Mike Nolan was the DC for Balt so he has seen RayRay at his best. He knows what type of Defenseive schemes work for RayRay so I do like your idea. But does RayRay really want to go? And is Balt willing to give up on him. Billick says he has no problems with him, and don't read too heavily into the no comment. And if they do trade him, what will SF have to give up in return? a first or second round pick? I don't know if SF would want to give up a draft choice that high.

I got tickets for the Niners/Green Bay game if you come I will buy you a beer and we can make fun of each other at the game. Deal?

by niners fan for life (not verified) :: Fri, 04/21/2006 - 9:06pm

re:24 well they could give up a 2nd round draft pick or 3rd round pick in the 2007 draft.
Maybe give up on kwame harris who never panned out. They could find a way now that they have a gm. about the game im trying to get tickets right now.

by jonnyblazin (not verified) :: Sat, 04/22/2006 - 1:34am

As a Raven fan I would take a 2nd rounder for Lewis. I think Washington put together a decent package for him but the Ravens declined, perhaps due to the PR hit they would take losing their superstar to the Snyderskins.

What gets me about his complaints is that the Ravens didn't just have two fat tackles in front of Lewis, they had a motivated Sam Adams in his prime and Siragusa, two absolute monster run stuffers. Its the equivalent of saying 'as a middle linebacker I demand our team trade for Pat Williams and Casey Hampton.' Is there a middle linebacker in the league who doesn't want this?