Former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick appeared on “The Norris and Davis Show” on 105.7 The Fan on Tuesday to talk about Baltimore’s chances of advancing to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis next month. Those chances are very good, said Billick, who predicts that the Ravens will play the Green Bay Packers for the title.
“We’re making a,” Billick said, realizing he said “we” then restarting his sentence. “The Ravens are making a championship run and they are in the think of it. I’ve got the Ravens going to the Super Bowl. They’re going to beat Houston. I think they can go in and beat New England. I want Ray Lewis on that football field.”
Billick told hosts Ed Norris and Steve Davis that quarterback Joe Flacco will be the biggest key to beating New England. But Billick, who coached the Ravens to a title in 2000, believes Flacco won’t have to do it all himself.
“Normally, when you size up the playoff pool, it’s what? Rank the quarterbacks,” Billick said. “You rank the quarterbacks, you rank the team. But there’s an interesting dichotomy. In the AFC, obviously at the top of the pyramid is Tom Brady. I don’t think anybody would argue that and no disrespect to Joe Flacco, but no one is going to pick Joe Flacco over Tom Brady. But there’s no question the Baltimore Ravens are a more complete team.”
And Billick believes All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the defending champs will advance from the NFC.
“Put my hand to the fire, yeah, I think it’s going to be Green Bay in the Super Bowl,” said Billick, a TV analyst for FOX and NFL Network. “We have kind of forgotten how well Aaron Rodgers has played because he has been off the map for a while. … New Orleans is certainly capable of going in and beating Green Bay. We’ve seen that. They can run the ball. But at the end of the day, I just think the Green Bay Packers have the pedigree, the confidence and you got to go through Lambeau Field, so I think it’s Green Bay and Baltimore in the Super Bowl.”