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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN REPORTER | December 18, 2007
Brian Billick isn't second-guessing himself. Under siege from a barrage of criticism from media and fans, the Ravens coach defended his decision to send in kicker Matt Stover instead of trying for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the Miami Dolphins' 1-yard line with 12 seconds left and the Ravens trailing 16-13 Sunday. Billick said had he given the signal to go for it, the Dolphins -- and especially defensive coordinator Dom Capers -- would have stuck everyone on the line of scrimmage to dissuade the Ravens from giving the ball to running back Willis McGahee.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | June 26, 2013
Brian Billick had been an NFL head coach for all of one season when he learned that his star player, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis , was arrested following a post 2000 Super Bowl altercation in Atlanta that left two men dead. Lewis was initially charged with two counts of murder but when no concrete evidence emerged linking him to the deaths, the linebacker pled guilty to one count of obstruction of justice in exchange for his testimony against two men - Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting - who were with him the night of the incident.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | July 31, 2007
Brian Billick's mind was on what the Ravens were trying to accomplish in their afternoon practice yesterday at McDaniel College. His heart, and his prayers, were with his mentor, Bill Walsh, who had died earlier in the day after succumbing to leukemia. That Walsh's death came on the first day of training camp for Billick's team wasn't lost on the Ravens coach. "We occasionally get these reminders about priorities," Billick said. "All the things that we think are important and spend so much emotional energy worrying about, and then you realize what's really important.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2013
Brian Billick was coach of the Ravens the last time the team had a chance to repeat as Super Bowl champions, so I was interested to hear his thoughts on what the Ravens are doing the second time around. In 2001, a season after they beat the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, the Ravens made that notorious switch from Trent Dilfer and Elvis Grbac at quarterback. But they kept the rest of their roster mostly intact by restructuring contracts to keep players such as Shannon Sharpe and Rod Woodson around for another run. The Ravens lost in the divisional round the following postseason and soon had to overhaul their roster.
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By John Eisenberg | September 19, 1999
If Scott Mitchell flounders again today against the Steelers and Brian Billick sticks with him, the Ravens will lose and fall to 0-2 in Billick's first season, failing to live up even to the low standard they set under Ted Marchibroda, who started 1-1 in each of his three seasons here.But if Billick can't take it anymore and finally yanks Mitchell in favor of Stoney Case, he'll be confessing to two potentially major errors, namely the acquisitions of Mitchell and Tony Banks.Enjoy your big day, coach.
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By Ken Rosenthal | August 25, 1999
There is no quarterback controversy, not after two preseason games, not when Scott Mitchell is becoming increasingly efficient, not when Tony Banks is facing only second- and third-team defenses.There is no quarterback controversy, and Brian Billick said that there will never be one, not as long as he is Ravens coach, no matter how much fans and media protest."I have final say," Billick proclaimed after yesterday morning's practice at Western Maryland College. "There is no controversy unless I become schizophrenic."
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By John Steadman | November 7, 1999
Reflections on the state of the Ravens:It won't be surprising to see the NFL walk off a penalty against Brian Billick, despite his apology, after the coach impugned the integrity of officials by saying, "I know darn well we're not going to get a call in Cleveland -- no way, no shape, no form, no how. The league would really like to see Cleveland beat us." We'll accept the honesty of an official anytime over that of a coach or player. Billick's comment constituted an insult to every man and woman involved in sports officiating.
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By John Eisenberg | November 1, 1999
He missed on 21 of his 34 pass attempts, failed to produce a point in the last three quarters and committed two late turnovers that cost the Ravens the game.Tony Banks didn't do any better than Scott Mitchell or Stoney Case in his debut as the Ravens' starting quarterback yesterday.He certainly didn't play well enough to force Ravens coach Brian Billick to commit to him as the starter for the rest of the season.But that's Billick's only option in the wake of a crushing loss to the Bills that left the Ravens with a 2-5 record as they embark on a three-game road trip.
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By RICK MAESE | October 18, 2006
The fallout will not make itself immediately known. At season's end, we'll know whether Brian Billick saved the Ravens with his decision to oust offensive coordinator Jim Fassel or if he simply signed his own walking papers. Either way, the pressure has clearly shifted. Billick would surely suggest that pressure is inherent in his position, but the truth is, the head coach shares it, delegating both responsibility and accountability to his assistants and coordinators. Over the past few weeks, as the Ravens have struggled offensively, there've been just two men flailing about in the Ravens' boiling pot. Billick tossed Fassel overboard yesterday, which leaves just one person to be held accountable when all is said and done.
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By DAVID STEELE | October 10, 2004
BRIAN BILLICK feels strongly about two things concerning his coaching counterpart for tonight's game. One, the fact that they both have a Super Bowl ring hardly puts them in the same category. Two, the very idea that the NFL game has passed Joe Gibbs by is "absurd" and "ludicrous." It's hard to argue either point, especially the latter at this very early stage of Gibbs' return. Yet at this stage, Billick and Gibbs are in similar circumstances. Gibbs, by reputation an offensive genius, runs a Redskins team that struggles to move the ball and is falling short of delirious preseason expectations.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
- There are times where it seems like it was only a couple of years ago and he remembers everything, the way Baltimore fans rallied around his team, the Ravens' march to Super Bowl XXXV, even his pointed criticism of the national media about its treatment of his star linebacker, Ray Lewis. Then, Brian Billick is reminded that it was a dozen years since his Ravens stormed into Tampa, took apart the New York Giants and captured the Ravens' first Lombardi Trophy. "When you hear that it's a decade, you kind of go, 'Whoa, has it been that long?
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2013
In addition to the Ravens on the field for Super Bowl XLVII, Baltimore viewers are going to see some familiar faces on the NFL Network's coverage leading up to the game. Starting Jan. 28 through gameday Feb. 3, the channel will offer 140 hours of game-related coverage, and such one-time Baltimore-based broadcasters as Melissa Stark, Amber Theoharis and Brian Billick will have significant roles. Here's the channel's release: For the 10th year, NFL Network is on-location providing comprehensive, wall-to-wall coverage of Super Bowl week.
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By Edward Lee | December 10, 2012
John Harbaugh's decision to fire offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and promote quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell to that position was shocking in terms of the timing, but it wasn't unprecedented in the NFL this season. The Philadelphia Eagles dismissed defensive coordinator Juan Castillo two days after the team fell to 3-3, and the Tennessee Titans did the same with offensive coordinator Chris Palmer one day after that squad dropped to 4-7. Making a change at coordinator wasn't even unheard of among the Ravens.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2012
Analyst Brian Billick and play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman delivered smart, smooth and informative coverage of the Ravens' victory over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday on Fox. The entire production - from Laura Okmin's sideline reports to the myriad and sharply focused angles from which the cameras closely followed key plays - was so vastly superior to what Ravens fans usually get with second- and third-string CBS Sports crews that the telecast felt...
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By Matt Vensel | April 12, 2012
Former Ravens coach Brian Billick will be forever linked to Kyle Boller. When Billick was in Baltimore, the Ravens traded a future first-round pick for the right to draft the California quarterback 18th overall in 2003. Boller never lived up to the hype, but at the time the Ravens were convinced that Boller would be very successful. According to Billick, though, Boller wasn't the best college quarterback prospect he saw in his time here. That would be JaMarcus Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 and one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | February 25, 2012
Former Ravens head coach and current NFL Network analyst Brian Billick just exited the podium at the NFl Scouting Combine. He was his engaging and interesting self, calling Stanford's Andrew Luck the best quarterback prospect since John Elway and relaying a story where he once asked an NFL prospect with character questions, "Are you a thug or are you stupid?" He also discussed the difficult decisions former players - Ray Lewis and Ed Reed - will face in deciding when it's time to hang it up and call it quits on expected Hall of Fame careers.
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By Ken Rosenthal | July 30, 1999
Brian Billick attended the Orioles game Saturday. Hung out on Eutaw Street. Mingled with fans. Experienced the energy of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, even in the middle of a disappointing season."
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By DAVID STEELE | January 18, 2007
Besides the news items, including the business about the new offensive coordinator not calling plays, a couple of things jumped out from Brian Billick's season-ending news conference Monday. One was the simple declaration that 2007 will be his ninth as the Ravens' coach. We'll pause here for the wisecracks. Nine years, huh? Watching that offense, it feels like 90. Think about it. Billick now has the third-longest tenure in the AFC, behind Jeff Fisher, heading into his 14th season with the Tennessee Titans franchise, and Mike Shanahan, going into his 13th with the Denver Broncos.
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By Matt Vensel | February 2, 2012
Former Ravens head coach Brian Billick, the man who wore the headset when the Ravens seized their only Super Bowl title back in 2000, is at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis this week as a member of the media. But on Wednesday, he fielded questions from fellow media, including a few about his coaching future in the NFL. And based on Billick's answers, that future looks pretty bleak right now. "It's a general manager's game. I'm not what they're looking for," Billick said, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley , my former colleague here at The Baltimore Sun . "That's fine.
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By Matt Vensel | January 10, 2012
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.
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