Nowhere to hide

Nowhere to hide

There are 85 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jan 1, 2008, titled Nowhere to hide. 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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Jacksonville, FL

#81 Jan 2, 2008
You always tell it like it is.You are very astute. The positive out of all of this is we have discovered ourselves a real Gentleman of a owner. He is a real business man and at the same time a carring individual. We have ourselves a man that keeps on giving of himself to Baltimore and it's fans.This city has had it's share of owners and beleive me Mr. Biscotti is not bob irsay. I for one will always support Steve's future decisions no matter what they are. Thank God for his creation of Steve Biscotti .

Since: Nov 07

Baltimore, MD

#82 Jan 2, 2008
Ray Venn wrote:
Billick was our HC for 9 years, which is a pretty long run in the NFL. He had his strengths but also his weaknesses, and the weaknesses became more glaring as time went on. Also, it seems like the ownership had to keep intervening in order to keep him effective, which is a recipe for problems (see the Orioles). In 2005, it was Billick's communication problems with the players; this year it would have been selecting an OC for him. If a head coach has to be managed this much, it's time to get a new head coach.
Over the course of his tenure certain weaknesses showed themselves to be "chronic" under Billick: Red Zone inefficiency, QB stability, scoring points, clock management, player discipline, etc. Add play-calling to that list this year and it seems like it was time for a change.
In the NFL what have you done lately is important for both player and coach. Billick's regular season record for 2005-2007 was an unspectacular 24-24, whereas he was 56-40 in his first 6 seasons. If Billick didn't have a kicker as successful as Matt Stover to rely on during his entire tenure his W-L record would've been less impressive.
I think Billick lost his "touch" over time. Coming in as an OC from Minnesota, he was successful in molding a winning team in 2000 despite that team's less than stellar offense. But he made the audacious decision to replace Trent Dilfer with Elvis Grbac, which only resulted in yet another spin of the QB revolving door.
The QB problem was a major blemish on his tenure here. And this past season that became a significant factor with McNair's injuries/impairments. And in the face of the QB problems Billick the play-caller chose to call more passing plays than running plays in most games with disastrous results, despite having McGahee as well as other quality RBs on the roster. Only in games when we had more running plays than passing plays (against NE, in the last game against Pittsburgh) did we have any success offensively.
I thank Billick for helping to forge a great relationship between Greater Baltimore and the new-in-town Ravens with his early successes, but it's time for a change.
Fantastic post. Thanks.
Bert Jones

Washington, DC

#83 Jan 2, 2008
(this post has probably been mentioned 50 times already - I don't have the desire to read 82 posts)
Did Mike Preston clean out his desk today too? He only writes about one thing and now that thing is gone. Now Mike might actually have to do some work.
I'm going up on a roof until Coach Billick is re-hired...or until they police discover an outstanding warrant...

“Go Bears and White Sox”

Since: Jan 08


#84 Jan 2, 2008
Dave wrote:
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You're an idiot. You're just made that your middle linebacker isn't as good as ours.
You're the idiot. Ours is every bit as good but without the criminal mentality.

Since: Nov 07

Baltimore, MD

#85 Jan 2, 2008
Bearsfanchicago wrote:
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You're the idiot. Ours is every bit as good but without the criminal mentality.
Yeah. All the criminals have been kicked off your team.


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