As scrutiny increases, Billick takes a pass on job security questions

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

October 14, 2005|By JAMISON HENSLEY | JAMISON HENSLEY,SUN REPORTER

The Ravens received another reminder about their tumultuous start yesterday when coach Brian Billick fielded his second question this season about job security.

Just one of three AFC teams with either one or no victories, the Ravens (1-3) have lost by an average margin of 16.7 points.

"I don't have the time quite frankly to focus on me or my situation," Billick said. "There's really no right answer for you that could come from me, management, from ownership, that will satisfy those that want to have that perspective. So there's no upside in addressing it."

Billick signed a new contract before the 2003 season, but terms were not released. According to a league source, he has two years remaining on a four-year, $18 million deal.

His handling of the team has been harshly criticized after the Ravens had 21 penalties and two player ejections in a 35-17 loss in Detroit on Sunday. During tough times, Billick said he usually seeks counsel from a handful of colleagues, including Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh and Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green.

"Some of them are having the same problems as I'm having," Billick said. "We can call and commiserate, `God, you suck.' `Yeah, so do you. What do we do about it?' I don't know if I need that phone call."

St. Pierre staying put

Quarterback Brian St. Pierre chose to remain on the Ravens' practice squad by turning down the Pittsburgh Steelers' offer of a three-week minimum contract on their 53-man roster. The decision cost St. Pierre about $50,000.

"It wasn't about the money," said St. Pierre, who was cut by the Steelers earlier this season. "I didn't like how it ended in Pittsburgh. I feel like I wasn't given the opportunity that I deserve. I wanted to move on and get a fresh start. When they asked me to come back, I wasn't interested."

End zone

There were no changes to the Ravens' injury report. Quarterback Kyle Boller (toe) and defensive end Tony Weaver (toe) remain out. Fullback Alan Ricard (questionable, calf) did practice but did not participate in all drills. ... The 77-yard touchdown run by Detroit's Shawn Bryson was the longest rush allowed in Ravens history.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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