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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | October 7, 1999
The Ravens' formula for winning games won't be pretty for the rest of the 1999 season, except maybe when they play the Cincinnati Bengals. If you want explosive offenses, turn to the Washington Redskins or Green Bay Packers. If you want great defense, watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The Ravens are mudders, a team that has to scratch and fight for victories with a defense that sometimes borders on greatness and an offense that still is searching for an identity under first-year coach Brian Billick.
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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 Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter | November 25, 2007
At this time last season, coach Brian Billick had the Ravens close to clinching a playoff berth. Now, instead of talking about winning a Super Bowl, he has to explain why he isn't worried about losing his job. Ravens@Chargers Today, 4:15 p.m., chs. 13, 9, 1090 AM, 97.9 FM Line: Chargers by 8 1/2
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January 18, 2011
After watching the Ravens lose to the Steelers, I was frustrated and angry. Yes, the officials had a bad game. That's not why the Ravens lost once again to Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers. They lost because the offense was just terrible in the second half. Think of the things that happened. Our offensive line got beaten with regularity. "The blind side" was not protected. Maybe Sandra Bullock could have helped. Our Harvard educated center didn't know the snap count. Either that or our "franchise quarterback" didn't know it. Our star running back, who hadn't fumbled all season, didn't protect the ball in the most critical game of the season.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter | November 24, 2006
The credit for the Ravens' turnaround on offense has gone to the clutch play of quarterback Steve McNair, the inspirational play-calling of coach Brian Billick and the power running of Jamal Lewis. Somehow the re-emergence of the biggest Raven has gone relatively unnoticed. Steelers @Ravens Sunday, 1 p.m., Ch. 13, 1090 AM, 97.9 FM Line: Ravens by 3
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,>>>Ravens@Chargers Sunday, 4:15 p.m., Ch. 13, 1090 AM, 97.9 FM Line: Chargers by 9 1/2 | November 21, 2007
Ravens defensive tackle Trevor Pryce "very likely" will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle, coach Brian Billick said last night. "We're going to miss Trevor," Billick said on his weekly radio show on WBAL. "Getting him back was important for us. We'll adjust, but missing him on the inside is going to be a lot to deal with." Ravens@Chargers Sunday, 4:15 p.m., Ch. 13, 1090 AM, 97.9 FM Line: Chargers by 9 1/2
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN REPORTER | December 18, 2007
The Ravens have a strategy for handling the humiliation of losing to the winless Miami Dolphins - just ignore it. After a day of making headlines across the nation and being splashed across SportsCenter, coach Brian Billick still refused to acknowledge that losing to the Dolphins carries any more significance than losing to any other team. Ravens@Seahawks Sunday, 4:15 p.m., Ch. 13, 1090 AM, 97.9 FM Line: Off the board
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter | December 20, 2007
Two days after he remained committed to Kyle Boller as his starting quarterback, Ravens coach Brian Billick acknowledged that his plans might have to change. With Boller feeling lingering effects from a concussion, Troy Smith could make his first NFL start Sunday when the Ravens play the Seahawks in Seattle. Ravens@Seahawks Sunday, 4:15 p.m., chs. 13, 9, 1090 AM, 97.9 FM Line: Off the board
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By Mike Preston | November 28, 1999
1 The Ravens have to stop the Jaguars' running game and make them one-dimensional. If Jacksonville can run, the Ravens are in for a long day.2 Win the field-position game. With a weak offense, the Ravens have to win the special-teams battle, which they lost two weeks ago in Jacksonville.3 Coach Brian Billick has to take some chances on offense. If he thinks he can get into a shoving match with Jacksonville, he's wrong.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN REPORTER | September 8, 2006
More than in any previous season opener, the heat will be on the Ravens. The temperature is expected to reach 90 degrees in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, which is about 10 degrees hotter than the weather the Ravens have practiced in all week. To overcome the sticky conditions, coach Brian Billick has asked more not only from his players, but from fans, too. Season opener Ravens@Buccaneers, Sunday, 1 p.m., Ch. 13, 97.9 FM Line: Buccaneers by 3
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Mike Preston | November 4, 2010
The new head coach of the Dallas Cowboys should be Brian Billick. If Dallas owner Jerry Jones fires current coach Wade Phillips at the end of the season as expected, then he should go after Billick. It's the perfect marriage. Now, introducing the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys … Right about now, you're choking on whatever you're eating or drinking. I know what you're thinking. How can I, Baltimore's biggest Billick basher, endorse him for the Cowboys' job? That's an easy one. To borrow a Billick saying, if I may, his hiring "fits within their parameters.
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Peter Schmuck | October 21, 2010
It isn't easy to get Brian Billick to sit down. He hasn't missed a beat since he was replaced as Ravens coach after the 2007 season, moving into a television analyst role with Fox, writing a well-received behind-the-scenes book about the NFL ("More Than a Game") and — for no more than a couple of days a week during the football season — enjoying life at his picturesque riverside home on Maryland's Eastern Shore. He's a busy guy, but on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the greatest season in Ravens history, he invited The Sun's Peter Schmuck into his home for an extended conversation about the 2000 regular season, the playoffs and the Ravens' 34-7 victory over the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.
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By From Sun news services | January 6, 2009
Former Ravens coach Brian Billick is being considered for head coaching vacancies for the New York Jets and Detroit Lions, according to NFL.com. A league source told the Web site that New York is planning to interview Billick this week and that he is "a viable candidate for the Jets' job." Billick, who led the Ravens to the Super Bowl title in 2001, was fired after 2007 season after going 5-11, his worst year with the team. He is working as an analyst for Fox. He recently told the New York Post that he would be receptive about possibly returning to coaching, but he declined to comment on talks with specific teams.
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By Baltimore Sun archives | October 10, 2008
The last time the Ravens visited Indianapolis, the Colts still played in the RCA Dome and quarterback Peyton Manning was gunning for Dan Marino's record of 48 touchdown passes in a season. Although the Ravens kept Manning from the 20-year-old record, they couldn't keep the Colts out of the win column Dec. 19, 2004. The 20-10 victory was the Colts' seventh straight, and it dropped the Ravens into a four-way tie for the final AFC playoff spot. When the Ravens return to Indianapolis on Sunday, they will play in Lucas Oil Stadium, a retractable-roof stadium that opened Aug. 14. WHAT HAPPENED: : On the Colts' first possession of the second half, leading 6-3, Manning mixed the run and pass on 10 plays to work down the field.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | September 5, 2008
Eight months after he was summarily dismissed on New Year's Eve, former Ravens coach Brian Billick chooses not to look back in anger, if he looks back at all. Did he get a raw deal Dec. 31 when team owner Steve Bisciotti reversed his position and fired the last coach to win a Super Bowl in Baltimore? "No, I understand fully how this league works, the business side of this," Billick said yesterday in his first extensive interview with The Baltimore Sun since the 2007 season. "I'm not one to look back.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | April 11, 2008
Speaking to a communications class yesterday at Towson University, former Ravens coach Brian Billick told the students scattered around the half-filled lecture hall that he was in a similar position to some of them - at a crossroads of his life. Unlike those who are a month or so away from graduating, Billick, 54, is trying to decide whether to return to the coaching ranks - if and when an opportunity presents itself - or move on to another phase of his professional career. Billick was fired after the Ravens finished the 2007 season with a 5-11 record, having coached the team for nine years and leading it to a Super Bowl victory in the 2000 season.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN REPORTER | December 2, 2006
After more than a month of retooling the offense into a well-oiled machine, the Ravens found themselves spinning their wheels in the mud against the Cincinnati Bengals. The offense, which had averaged 22.2 points and 338.2 yards in five consecutive wins since head coach Brian Billick took over the play-calling duties before the Oct. 29 victory over the New Orleans Saints, looked out of sync Thursday night, recording just seven points and 316 yards in a six-point setback to Cincinnati. Ravens@Chiefs Dec. 10, 1 p.m., Ch. 13, 1090 AM, 97.9 FM
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN REPORTER | December 22, 2006
The Ravens, currently third in a three-team race for the AFC's two first-round byes, might be forced to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday without one of the game's best offensive tackles. Left tackle Jonathan Ogden, who earned his 10th Pro Bowl invitation Tuesday, has been hobbled by a painfully sore big toe on his left foot, and coach Brian Billick said the anchor of the offensive line is in danger of missing a game for the first time this season. Ravens@Steelers Sunday, 1 p.m., Ch. 13, 1090 AM, 97.9 FM Line: Steelers by 3
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,Sun reporter | January 19, 2008
His brother Jim is more familiar to his newest players, but news of John Harbaugh's ascent to the Ravens' head coaching vacancy was well received by several players last night. "I'm excited that we have a coach," running back Cory Ross said. "Now we can get things done." Added linebacker Antwan Barnes: "We finally got one. I'm sure they picked someone who's going to put forth his best effort, and that's what we want." Harbaugh, 45, becomes the ninth-youngest head coach in the NFL and is just six years older than kicker Matt Stover.
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By Jamison Hensley | January 19, 2008
DEC 31 Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti (left) surprisingly fires coach Brian Billick after nine seasons and a Super Bowl victory. The decision comes 18 days after a high-ranking team official told The Sun that Bisciotti had informed Billick he would return. "I believed that it was time for a change," a visibly upset Bisciotti says. "I believe we have the nucleus of a team that can get back to the Super Bowl. We felt that in the next five years that we had a better chance with a new coach than leaving Brian in that position."
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