'A tough time'

'A tough time'

There are 14 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jan 1, 2008, titled 'A tough time'. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Mark Clayton 's cell phone buzzed yesterday morning with a text message from a friend relaying the news that the Ravens had fired coach Brian Billick.

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Gwynn Oak, MD

#1 Jan 1, 2008
I have said it before and I'll say it again, Billick is a decent human being, but I think the Ravens nneded a change in the head coach position. I boggles my mind to hear about the kind of money involved in this whole thing.
I think the offensive line is the next key. I don't expect any more than a record that is dependent upon the development of the offensive line as a cohesive unit. They are young and need several years, at least two to begin to dominate. I would see an 8 and 8 season as progress.
Bill Costello

Cockeysville, MD

#2 Jan 1, 2008
Good riddance! It came several seasons too late.
Jeff Jones

Harpers Ferry, WV

#3 Jan 1, 2008
I realized the players would like to see Rex Ryan to have a shot at the Ravens’ next coach but that not a good choice. The players need discipline in the locker room, at the training camp and furthermore; to reduce the penalties on the field. I feel Rex might be personally close to his players and that would not change their behavior on & off the field. If he does get the opportunity, Rex deserves a short contract with incentives. The NFL is a funny game with lots of parody. What’s 5-11 this year can be 11-5 the following year.

Melbourne Beach, FL

#4 Jan 1, 2008
yea rex ryan TIME OUT thats gotta be a r u s......g me

Since: Oct 07

Catonsville, MD

#5 Jan 1, 2008
I'll probably try to come in and talk to whoever the new coach is and see what the situation is and kind of go from there." What is JO talking about here with this quote? Is he trying to find out whether he gets to skip training camp again this year. Hey JO, make your decision on whether you can give 100% in training camp as well as on the field in 08. Camp CREAMPUFF is over !

Baltimore, MD

#6 Jan 1, 2008
If you think it is all Brian's fault take a look again. First injuries yes I know all teams have them but not at key positions the way we did this year. Steve McNair a QB on the down side of a pretty good career. Kyle Boller a never will be. Todd Heap a tight end who has good numbers when he plays but doesn't play often enough, ever notice the injury cart has 86 for a tag number. Where is a certain LB named Thomas? What we need is to get Phil Savage back here and in the GM's chair, kick Ozzie upstairs or out the door where he won't sign AARP card carrying players or ones that sign full time contracts and play part time, and let good players get away.
jon dey

Summerville, Canada

#7 Jan 1, 2008
Well Kelly Gregg was 1/2 right when he said"Coach Billick never made a tackle or scored a touchdown".
Scott G

Frederick, MD

#8 Jan 1, 2008
Bill Costello wrote:
Good riddance! It came several seasons too late.
So LAST YEARS 13-3 WAS soooo AWFUL. You are the Fair weather fan of the worst kind. Go root for the "Aints"
Scott G

Frederick, MD

#9 Jan 1, 2008
If you want a change of direction, Rex Ryan is not it. Nothing against him, but lets be honest, you have the idiots running the asylum here right now. Personally, I dont want a Shottenheimer coming in, but all of you calling for offense, it wont happen with Shottenheimer. I like Ryan, dont get me wrong, but if you really want a change of direction, he is not the answer.

Arlington, VA

#10 Jan 1, 2008
It is time to rebuild since Billick is gone. They are cap poor as usual and they have to get rid of salary quick and if you are rebuilding Billick is not the guy going forward. I agree with the move to a degree but I don't like Rex Ryan as our coach. I would rather he build his own team somewhere. The lack of discipline is on the defensive side of the ball and he did not fix it in three years so he is not going to fix it as head coach. I say bring in someone new and not that Pats offensive guru either because we had that already a guy that took a lot of credit for great players. The sad thing is it is really slim pickings if you ask me not a lot of really good coaches out there right now.

Columbia, MD

#11 Jan 1, 2008
Rex Ryan is coach of the Ravens next year and I will be VERY HAPPY! All fo the players on the Ravens want Rex and that is enough for me! They know more than anyone posting here who would be a great coach and they all want Rex! So, hire Rex and lety the winning and the next Ravens Super Bowl victory begin! Thanks Steve

Bowie, MD

#12 Jan 1, 2008
I agree with Scott G. Please don't let the inmates continue running the asylum.Look elsewhere for a new head coach

Hampstead, MD

#13 Jan 1, 2008
I would have given Billick 1 more year in light of the injuries but it probably would have been more of the same.
jimmy swift

United States

#14 Jan 2, 2008
Whoever they bring in as the new coach lets hope that the team is ready to play football on opening day. Where does this leave Boller ?

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