No answer for Billick's calls relying so much on receptions -

Sep 12, 2007 Read more: Baltimore Sun 198
In the Brian Billick era, questionable play-calling has cost the Ravens games. Chalk up another one to Billick. Read more
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Rob

Findlay, OH

#1 Sep 12, 2007
Dead on again Mike..........until we get a head coach, or offensive coordinator who can put aside his ego and do what's best for the team, they will continue to struggle........the Bengals were done, and to lose like this to a soft defense sure as hell does not bode well when the Ravens have to play the Steelers, the Colt, the Pats and the Chargers......smash mouth wins, and sets up the play action.........Billick has never had rythm as a play caller with the exception of that one year with Moss, Carter and Cunningham with the Vikings........and he screwed that up by calling a ton of pass plays in the championship game the year they went.........he talks a great game, but calls a lousy one..........my dream would be to dump his ass, promote Ryan to head coach to keep him here, and grab someone like Tedford or who knows maybe even Charlie Weiss to run the O.......
Charles Rose Baltimore

Fpo, AE

#2 Sep 12, 2007
Yes i would say that this article is right on the button. No excuse as to why you pass the ball on third and one when the opposing team can't stop your running game. On third and one you punish them with Musa Smith and Mcgahee. Why did we not ask for a review in the offensive pass interferance call against Todd Heap ? The whole nation saw us get robbed on that call on instant replay. Sometimes coaches just outcoach themselves. Let's make up for it against the Jets.
Marc

Towson, MD

#3 Sep 12, 2007
Unbelievable! Only people with an anti-Billick agenda would watch the Ravens committ 6 turnovers, have players dropping like flies with injuries and get screwed by a bad official's call on the game-tying touchdown, then blame play-calling for the loss. You guys are simply too ignorant to realize how stupid you really are.
Dan

Elkton, MD

#4 Sep 12, 2007
Right on Mike , this is why I went to sleep during the 3rd quarter . I know the drill. This is what Billick does . When the run is working , stop running , when a player is hot , stop using him , and when you need a play or a score, PASS . All the off side penalties ? predictable. It's what they do .
Sparky

Baltimore, MD

#5 Sep 12, 2007
I do not think the pass on 3rd and 1 was a bad call. Mason was open. McNair made a poor throw. The play was unexpected by the Bengals. It was a failure of McNair to do what he is paid to do. However, since he was hurt I do think Billick and or McNair should have taken whether his physical status could permit sharp execution.
I do agree with criticism for not running the ball down inside the 11 yd. line. Time and lack of time outs, resulting from poor time management throughout the game, sort of forced us to have to pass, and stop the clock if the pass was incomplete. Well, as I have said, I think we can expect fewer wins tha last year. The lack of experience on the offensive line is going to prevent consistent success. Our defense and good talent on offense, McGahee, Mason, Smith (if he stays healthy), will surface enough to win over many opponents, but I do not see us winning against top level teams such as Indy, New England, San Diago, and have problems with beating the Steelers. It is possible for these young offensive linemen to come together quickly, but it usually takes several years for a crew to gel and work together. Look at the number of false starts and failure to pick up a blitz as meaures of progress.
Donyea

Baltimore, MD

#6 Sep 12, 2007
First of all, it's about time you wrote this article. I was looking for it all day on Monday. I was so appalled by the play-calling at the end, I was ready to give up on the Ravens. I wasn't upset about the 3rd and 1 pass, because, if it worked, it would have sealed a win. But when you have first down from the 4-yard line and you're in four down territory, you run the ball on first and second down. When you run the ball for a five yard gain to the 3, why don't you run it again. Problem is, Billick is so arrogant, he won't change because he always has to prove how smart he is.
brad

Montgomery, AL

#7 Sep 12, 2007
best article on the ravens ever
Mark

Baltimore, MD

#8 Sep 12, 2007
I love how Mikey neglects to mention that Boller actually threw the game tying touchdown to Heap, if not for the horrendous pass interference call. If you want to criticize Billick, fine, but Boller came into a tough situation and did the job that he was supposed to do. However, Mikey always has to get his shots in on Boller, regardless if they are warranted.
Chuck

Manassas, VA

#9 Sep 12, 2007
Why drive a Oldsmobile (Boller) when you can drive a Cadillac (McGahee)?
Also, noone seems to mention how all of the passing the Ravens did when they were at the Bengal's goal line was dumb because it did not run any time off of the clock, Even if the Ravens do score, Billick is leaving a 1 min. 30secs on the clock for PAlmer and CJ to drive the field and kick a field goal!
Passing in the situation the RAvens were in at the end of the game was just STUPID all the way around. And this play-calling from a so-called "intelligent" head coach!
Billick has no clue how to manage a game clock or a game!
Gary B

Baltimore, MD

#10 Sep 12, 2007
Easy for you, Mike, to armchair quarterback the day after. I'll bet you made all the right choices in drafting this article, right? Go Ravens, win or lose.
Matt

Washington, DC

#11 Sep 12, 2007
Right on Mike. Don't worry about all of these Ravens' homers, who no matter what Billick does, will always support him. Even though the Ravens have ranked at the bottom of the league in offense since 1999, under his watch. 1999 people! There is a thin line between being a rabid fan and a rabid homer. Some of you cross the line.
Tim

Kirkland, WA

#12 Sep 12, 2007
MIke,

Everything you said is absolutely correct. After the Colt loss I was sure that Billick would not make that mistake again. But I was proven wrong.

Despite the turnovers, we were winning. One long drive, with the defense playing the way they were, would have won the game. Instead after the team fought back to put us into a position to win, Billick's calls put us in a position to lose and we did.

This offense has sputtered since last year's Cincy game and has not righted itself yet. The lack of preparedness of the offense can only be directed at Billick.

I now see that in big games, like this one and last year's play off, regardless of how the team performs, Billick will call plays that will eventually result in a loss.

Coach, please prove me wrong.
Vince

Odenton, MD

#13 Sep 12, 2007
I have no problem with the play call on the McNair interception. Mason was wide open. McNair threw a terrible pass. Great call, terrible execution. At the goal line in the final minutes however, I completely agree. I was begging the Ravens to pound the ball in.
Sugarbear

Warrington, PA

#14 Sep 12, 2007
The master of 20/20 hindsight strikes again! If they ran the ball more and it didn't work you would have blasted them for being "one dimensional and predictable". You are the one who is predictable.
Phil

Sparta, VA

#15 Sep 12, 2007
Incredible that everybody can see it but Billick. That is why he shouldn't be calling the plays. If an offensive coordinator had called a pass on third and one, Billick would have over ruled the play. If you are calling the plays, you can't access the game situation. McNair is hurt, you need one yard, you are blowing them off the ball, what would you call? Billick needs to get his ego out of this before he ruins what still can be a great season.
Bob

Alexandria, VA

#16 Sep 12, 2007
Typical sports writer comment. If Billick had run and been stuffed, you would be calling him predictable and boring. You would have been crying about not throwing to Todd Heap. Billick doesn't need to learn new tricks, you writers do.
Bill Jones

United States

#17 Sep 12, 2007
Thanks Mike, someone needs to call out Billick.
RavenKen

Fallston, MD

#18 Sep 12, 2007
Thanks Mike,
For finally placing the blame squarely where it belongs. Excellent article. I want Rex. We want Rex. Come on B-more. Let's start the chant. We Want Rex!!!

Since: Sep 07

Fallston, MD

#19 Sep 12, 2007
As Matt says - Since 1999. Hey BB supporters, how do you answer that one? Look back and take one of BB's excuses. He has a lot of them. Obviously there are some people that really do JUST DON'T GET IT. I want Rex!!
Matt wrote:
Right on Mike. Don't worry about all of these Ravens' homers, who no matter what Billick does, will always support him. Even though the Ravens have ranked at the bottom of the league in offense since 1999, under his watch. 1999 people! There is a thin line between being a rabid fan and a rabid homer. Some of you cross the line.
Ravenstaketitle

Shady Side, MD

#20 Sep 12, 2007
I have always been a strong Billick supporter but he lost this game with his horrible play selection. Everyone who follows footbal and who saw it on the big stage Monday night is saying the same thing. why? I guess we'll never know but it is a shame.

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