November 26, 2006 |
They fiddled and fussed, tweaked and tinkered, and finally the Baltimore Ravens found the answer to their offensive troubles. It took only 7 1/2 years. That's how long Coach Brian Billick waited to start calling the plays, something he did so effectively in the late 1990s as offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, a team that set the NFL single-season scoring record.
December 29, 2004
'Oddly enough, God bless America, we're going into the final game and we have a playoff shot.' --Brian Billick, Baltimore Raven coach, on his team's possible playoff berth despite losing its last two games
December 21, 2002 |
I say this through gritted teeth: Brian Billick deserves strong coach-of-the-year consideration. Not only that -- and this will go over big in Cleveland -- Art Modell has done an outstanding job as owner of the Baltimore Ravens. First, Billick: OK, so his ego could fill the Potomac, and sometimes he talks as if he invented the game. But it's impossible to deny what he and the Ravens (7-7) have done this season.
June 3, 2002
"In the electronic age we live in, with all the gadgets we have out there, the least Ray [Lewis] could do is call.... I am angry. I don't deserve to be treated this way." Brian Billick, Baltimore Raven coach on the absence of Ray Lewis and Peter Boulware from a recent minicamp.
March 28, 2001 |
I wanted to play golf at the NFL's annual get-together with Baltimore Coach Brian Billick, but I wasn't sure I could do it with someone talking during my backswing. I've known people who write as if they're being paid by the word, but it's not as if you have to finish one of sports editor Bill Dwyre's stories--unless it's important for you to be the first on your block. I learned early on with the in-laws that when they sit down in the living room, I move to the kitchen.
January 28, 2001 |
Arrogant. Egotistical. Brian Billick has heard it all before. He got off on the wrong foot for Super Bowl week by chiding the media about the Ray Lewis story. A day later, the Baltimore Raven coach was answering questions from a small contingent when a boy about 12 walked up. "I'm Josh from Nickelodeon," he said, preparing to ask which five NFL teams are named after birds. Billick warmed and leaned close. "Do you think I'm arrogant too?"