November 23, 2003

Billick's treatment set Redman up for failure

First, Ravens coach Brian Billick lets quarterback Chris Redman's skills decay on the bench for 2 1/2 months, thereby setting him up for failure.

Then, when Billick puts him into a game and Redman is understandably not sharp, he takes the starting job away.

Finally -- and this tops it all -- Billick says, "I'm greatly concerned [about his confidence], and I'm going to try to help Chris through this as best we can."

Where was all this concern for Redman the first 2 1/2 months of the season? It seems that the lack of concern could be what caused Redman to fail when he got the chance to play.

I hope Anthony Wright is hugely successful and leads the Ravens to the playoffs. But whether he does or doesn't, that does not excuse the shoddy way Billick has treated Redman.

Joseph G. Trebes Jr. Halethorpe

Ravens' ownership should get rid of Billick

Ravens fans deserve better coaching and most certainly a quarterback that can complete passes other than to the opponent's defensive backs.

I would also ask that some of the letter writers to The Sun get off Mike Preston's back. Preston has been and will continue to be right on the mark when he writes of the many inadequacies of Brian Billick as a coach.

Obviously, Preston has the courage to accurately report that Billick is most ineffective as a coach.

Hopefully, the new ownership will not be taken in by Billick's outstanding ability to fool the crowd and will replace him with a coach that does not suffer from a severe case of egomania.

Or, perhaps, the current ownership will accept its mistake in not dismissing Billick and simply promote him to vice president in charge of public relations, using skills he most certainly has.

Dan D. Zaccagnini Baltimore

Billick's QB gamble has sacrificed season

Mike Preston has summed up Brian Billick's handling of the quarterback position accurately. This season was sacrificed for the sake of training Kyle Boller.

Who is to say that Jamal and Ray Lewis will be healthy next year? The NFL is very mediocre right now -- the Ravens had a great chance to win this year. But Coach Billick said the same thing in 2000 -- "Our best chance to win is next year."

I hope the new owner keeps Billick on a short leash as he continues to foul up the offense and the quarterback position.

Maxwell Sieg Ellicott City

Is the actual `genius' coaching the Bengals?

With each passing game, it looks more like the "genius" behind the Ravens' Super Bowl victory is now in Cincinnati (Marvin Lewis).

What kind of offensive "brain" fields a team that can't score a touchdown in a month and runs through quarterbacks like throwaway cameras?

I sure hope the new owner is planning to make some big changes next year.

Ted Lingelbach Parkville

Rookie tag insult to Japanese veterans

This letter is in regard to New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner's recent rant over the baseball writers' selection process for the American League's Rookie of the Year Award.

To consider the Yankees' Hideki Matsui a rookie is an insult to Matsui himself and to Japanese professional baseball in general, and it smacks of a bigoted and elitist attitude.

Since 1995, when Hideo Nomo burst onto the scene as the first successful transplant from Japanese baseball's big leagues, some of the more thoughtful members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America have found themselves in a quandary concerning the rookie status of first-year players imported from Japan.

By now it appears a majority of the writers, albeit a small one, have come to the conclusion that 10-year veterans from Japan are not rookies.

It is ludicrous to call players such as Matsui, Ichiro Suzuki and Kazuhiro Sasaki rookies when each of them entered the major leagues with more than nine years of experience in Japan.

While precedent may have been set giving the award to Nomo, Sasaki and Suzuki, four wrongs don't make a right.

Charlie Vascellaro Baltimore

Why wait for return on investment in O's?

In Laura Vecsey's Nov 16 column ["Angelos: O's can make waves without making splash"], it is suggested that we look at the Orioles as stock traders and wait until after Dec. 20 to see what stocks (players) are available.

I suggest that Orioles stockholders (season-ticket holders) wait until they see how the stock looks before they invest. Then, if the stock doesn't look promising, the stockholders could invest in another stock, possibly the Ravens.

Ever think about the money made from the interest off the season-ticket holders' payments, sent months before the season starts?

John Kerner Baltimore

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