In end, Billick couldn't overcome off...

In end, Billick couldn't overcome offensive struggles

There are 104 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jan 1, 2008, titled In end, Billick couldn't overcome offensive struggles. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

The Ravens' Brian Billick became like the emperor with no clothes on, with his greatest weaknesses as a head coach becoming exposed more and more every year.

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Jimmy Swift

United States

#1 Jan 1, 2008
My God Mike , somehow you have read my mind and put it all in the Paper . The best part is (other then the obvious) we dont have to feel sorry for Billick. He's walking away with Millions and looking at at a future TV job as a talking head . Something that he should be very good at , talking.
MDR

Abingdon, MD

#2 Jan 1, 2008
Well, Mike. You may be gloating this morning, but recall that you've just eaten your seed corn. With Billick gone, all the Billick haters have no reason to read your brand of tripe that the Sun editors let pass for sports journalism. No readers = no advertising space sales = no reason to have you around. Think BB has a position for you over on the Shore? Possibly not the one you had in mind? I'm gonna' luv watching this.......... ;->
charles harsha

Tuscaloosa, AL

#3 Jan 1, 2008
Well said Mike.I also think not developing a QB really hurt BB.They ran Dilfer out and brought in Elvis and Elvis just plain out quit.Chris Redmond was groomed for 3 years to be the starting QB but Billick was in love with Bollers arm .So BB destroyed Redmonds confidence.Redmond was shot after that and he had to go.Now look where we are no starting QB and a bunch of spoiled over size kids.We still have some talent ,its going to take a real coach to turn this team around.But Who?
Frustrated Raven Fan

Crofton, MD

#4 Jan 1, 2008
I vote Mike Martz.
A fan who gets it

Kansas City, MO

#5 Jan 1, 2008
I'm going to wipe my arse with his now!
Patrick

Swansea, UK

#6 Jan 1, 2008
I am still in shock about all of this. I really did think Biscotti would deal with Compu Coach for one more year. But word on the street is that the Dolhins game did Billick in. Biscotti was willing to accept a lot of losing due to injuries and McMess. But when the team was outplayed and outcoached by one of the worst NFL teams ever, the owner had seen enough and Billick's fate was sealed.

As for your column Mike, great as always. I for one will miss your critcism of Billick.
Sparky

Gwynn Oak, MD

#7 Jan 1, 2008
I agree. Billick's play calling was poor and his clock management manifested "brain freezing". If Reed and Lewis did as reported, turned thire backs on him while he was talking, they share responsibility for the erosion of respect that seemed to take place. As well, Billick's lack of free flowing wisdom was the major influence on the Ravens' deteriorating condintion over the last three to four years.
I don't know if Rex Ryan can be a good head coach. It takes more than players liking him to be successful. There may be a schism that exists between the offense and defense that his becoming head coach may only serve to reinforce. I defintely do not want Cowher either. Take time and interview, see who is available Then begin to rebuild. Ray lewis seems to have a lot to say, why not offer him, or Mike Singletary, defensive coordinator and bring in an offensive mind to spark this offense which has playoff talent/abilities. We shall see.
Sparky

Gwynn Oak, MD

#8 Jan 1, 2008
Frustrated Raven Fan wrote:
I vote Mike Martz.
I think Martz is in the same mod as Billick. He would not get my vote.

Since: Apr 07

Maryland

#9 Jan 1, 2008
Well I guess you are happy, you ran Billick out out town. From day 1 are you did was bad mouth him. Yes he did have to go, his time has come, but you were always so negative. Alot of times you were very preduice in your column. You seem to always pick on the white and not the black. You won't have nothing to write about now. I wonder how long you will give the new coach before you start bad mouthing. I guess that depends on the color
KFAB

Wapakoneta, OH

#10 Jan 1, 2008
Billick was tauted as an offensive guru, and was never really able to put together a strong offense for the Ravens. Period.
He was stubborn and even though he could talk the talk, he couldn't walk the walk. The Ravens deserve a coach who can deliver results.
Kool Aid Salesman

Rosedale, MD

#11 Jan 1, 2008
You should hope that Billick does not get to write about you after you are fired Mike! The man deserved to be fired, he was, so let it go. This kind of trashing by you is sickening.

If this is the best that you can do to come up with a column, you should be gone as well.
SFA123

Winston Salem, NC

#12 Jan 1, 2008
This goes out to all the posters above. Don't waste your time posting things to Mike here. He never reads them. Like most who really know football in this town, he doesn't listen to the 95% of fans who don't know waggle from a wiggle. Go post on a blog like Nestor's. He actually reads the drivel. I know for a fact because he accosted my friend at a local watering hole for making fun of his two bit radio station after he told Nestor his screen name on his blog.

On behalf of my buddy Mike Preston, I will respond to some of the above posts because if you wait for him to do it, the polar ice caps will have melted and Al Gore would be in his glory.

TO MDR: Preston will have plenty to write about. Maybe with a coach who actually knows more about the game then talking about it, Mike can explain to you football dunces why plays are called when and why moves are made. He knows the game because he played and coached it before writing about it. That's more than I can say for other imposters in Baltimore Media like Nestor, Drew Forrester and that guy Tony Lombardi. Did Rush go away when Clinton left office like many said. No way. Just like politics, there will always be enough to critique in professional sports. Mike will continue to have his cake job of sharing his knowledgeable insight with us win or lose.

TO A FAN WHO GETS IT: Keep wiping. You are not far from your brain. Wipe a few more times and you’ll be incapacitated enough not to post again.

TO GSCATON: Obviously a red-neck hood-wearin’ fool from Odenton. First of all, it’s not proper English to say “You won't have nothing to write about now.” It’s supposed to be:“You won’t have anything to write about now.” You would know that if you had actually gone to class past 7th grade. As for your racial comment about Preston: I am a long-time friend of Mike’s and as white as they come. I have had several “go rounds” with Mike over racial issues and I guess I can see why you might think he’s a racist because like every other topic, he doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to discussing racism. Unfortunately Mike has had to actually live it, having a cross burned on his property, amongst other things. Though I often disagree with him on some his beliefs, I can understand where they come from. Take it from this white boy who played for him in high school. As a kid who loved sports and didn’t have a father to share that love with, Mike took me a few times down the Sun to see how it worked and to actually help him write some previews back in his high school reporting days. No racist would have done this.
WMDhoops

Hagerstown, MD

#13 Jan 1, 2008
Sparky wrote:
I agree. Billick's play calling was poor and his clock management manifested "brain freezing". If Reed and Lewis did as reported, turned thire backs on him while he was talking, they share responsibility for the erosion of respect that seemed to take place. As well, Billick's lack of free flowing wisdom was the major influence on the Ravens' deteriorating condintion over the last three to four years.
I don't know if Rex Ryan can be a good head coach. It takes more than players liking him to be successful. There may be a schism that exists between the offense and defense that his becoming head coach may only serve to reinforce. I defintely do not want Cowher either. Take time and interview, see who is available Then begin to rebuild. Ray lewis seems to have a lot to say, why not offer him, or Mike Singletary, defensive coordinator and bring in an offensive mind to spark this offense which has playoff talent/abilities. We shall see.
Billick lost the team the minute he allowed Reed-Lewis to turn their backs in meetings while he was speaking to the team, and for not calling out Lewis when he criticized the play calling on the radio.(Can you imagine a player doing that to Belichick in NE? Those players would have been jettisoned to either the Raiders or Dolphins, the two repositories for aging head cases.) The Ravens have an excellent GM. Talent will never be the issue. Find a good coach, and remove the players who don't support him.
Chris

Rockville, MD

#14 Jan 1, 2008
Thank you for putting this out, something we as the fan base have seen and known for years.
feller

United States

#15 Jan 1, 2008
good riddance. now hire a coach who knows that it's a good idea to have three timeouts in the last several minutes of a game.
Randy

New Baltimore, MI

#16 Jan 1, 2008
DePreston to the rescue!
Ravens fans are the dumbest fans in the league.

Thus begins the revolving door.

I predict three head coaches in the next 10 years. The Ravens won't even sniff the playoffs again.

Ray Ray got his way!
Randy

New Baltimore, MI

#17 Jan 1, 2008
WMDhoops wrote:
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Billick lost the team the minute he allowed Reed-Lewis to turn their backs in meetings while he was speaking to the team, and for not calling out Lewis when he criticized the play calling on the radio.(Can you imagine a player doing that to Belichick in NE? Those players would have been jettisoned to either the Raiders or Dolphins, the two repositories for aging head cases.) The Ravens have an excellent GM. Talent will never be the issue. Find a good coach, and remove the players who don't support him.
Exactly. The inmates and I mean REAL inmates run the purple prison!
Mark

Washington, DC

#18 Jan 1, 2008
The team needs to become a team again, and the absence of Billick, alone, isn't going to make that happen. There's a culture of selfishness and disrespect for authority that has embedded itself in the group of veteran players that are all now approaching the end of their carreers, and they're passing their bad attitudes along to the younger players. As an example, Derrick Mason, who claims to be all about the team, was a miserable, whining baby last year, even though the team was winning, because he wasn't getting enough of the spotlight. This year, with the team foundering, he's been much more upbeat and content, even after horrific losses, because the ball has been coming his way more often. As long as he gets his eight catches, the world is all sunshine and roses. And then there's Ray Lewis, who would throw his mother under the bus for two 400 lb. interior lineman in front of him. He's a much happier camper with Haloti Ngata around so he can fatten his stats again. This kind of selfishness is a slow growing cancer that erodes the unity of a team and takes the focus away from where it belongs-on winning as a team. If they bring in a coach that has the spine to bitch-slap these babies and bench them until he has their attention, they may be able to turn things around pretty quickly. Otherwise, I just see more of the same until these old prima donnas retire.
Season Ticket Holder

Herndon, VA

#19 Jan 1, 2008
Why did it take so long for the media to turn on Brian if they knew this all along. Baltimore's media is just soft in comparison to Philadelphia and New York. Mike you and the rest of the staff at the Sun failed by not calling him out sooner 13-3 or 5-11 it does not matter. Stop being a fan.
Tom

Lafayette, IN

#20 Jan 1, 2008
They should have fired some players as well. Personally I could care less if I ever saw the flag throwing, chest beating antics of some of these players again. They make millions of dollars along with millions of excuses. It don't matter who they get as a coach. These players have an arrogant disposition that is going to keep them from ever being in the playoffs.

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