Billick not angry at Lewis for criticizing his play-calling

The Kickoff

October 24, 2007|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter

Ravens coach Brian Billick said last night that he has no problem with linebacker Ray Lewis criticizing his play-calling. On his Monday radio show, Lewis expressed frustration over Billick's decision to throw the ball three times, starting with second-and-one at the Buffalo Bills' 49 with less than two minutes to play.

All three passes were incomplete, and the Ravens offense didn't get the ball again in a 19-14 loss at Buffalo.

"There's frustrations, and I don't know that he's not right," Billick said on his WBAL radio show. "I don't know if I agree [with Lewis about running the ball] on the second-and-one and third-and-one. I definitely agree on the fourth-and-one call. I certainly don't find any fault with Ray being honest and straightforward."

Lewis said he was among those who wondered why running back Willis McGahee didn't touch the ball on that final drive.

"You can't make oranges be peaches," Lewis said. "It doesn't change. It will never change. That's what Billick has to ask himself: why we keep putting ourselves in those situations."

After the loss at Buffalo, Billick told his players to stick together and not point fingers out of frustration.

"There are a lot of things to be frustrated [about] - the offside, letting [the Bills] get down the middle of the field, the fumble," Billick said. "There are a lot of things that are going to affect the outcome of the game that we want to address, and the play-calling is one of them. I have to constantly analyze what I am doing, and I have no problem with what Ray said."

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