Uncertainty about coach's fate has 4-9 Ravens `stuck in limbo'

Billick's 2-week notice?


From all appearances, Brian Billick looks as if he will return as the Ravens head coach next season.

Billick talks once or twice a week with owner Steve Bisciotti about the future of the Ravens and, despite being mired in a troubling 4-9 season, the two were seen laughing over a leisurely dinner at the team complex Monday. These are not signs that the Ravens are trying to distance themselves from Billick, one of four coaches who are currently with the teams they guided to the Super Bowl title.

Packers@Ravens Tomorrow, 9 p.m., chs. 2, 7, 1300 AM, 102.7 FM Line: Ravens by 3 1/2

Super Squeeze

Of the past 25 Super Bowl-winning teams, only three have forced out the coach who guided them to championships:

Forced out: Mike Ditka (Chicago), Barry Switzer (Dallas), George Seifert (San Francisco).

Left on own terms: Bill Walsh (San Francisco), Tom Flores (Oakland-L.A. Raiders), Joe Gibbs (Washington), Mike Holmgren (Green Bay), Dick Vermeil (St. Louis).

Left because of disagreement with ownership: Jimmy Johnson (Dallas), Bill Parcells (N.Y. Giants).

Note: Brian Billick (Ravens), Bill Belichick (New England), Mike Shanahan (Denver) and Jon Gruden (Tampa Bay) are still with the teams that won Super Bowls. Gibbs is back with Washington.

[Jamison Hensley]

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