Could Ignominy of Loss to Dolphins Cost Billick His Job?
One has to wonder if Sunday's loss to the previously winless Miami Dolphins perhaps could cost Baltimore Ravens Coach Brian Billick his job.
There have been rumblings in the second half of the season that Billick's job could be in jeopardy. But most recently, he has said that he expects to return and there have been reports that Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti intends to retain Billick.
But in a season full of embarrassments for the Ravens, Sunday's defeat was the most embarrassing moment of all. Billick made questionable strategic moves, and the Dolphins avoided becoming the first NFL team ever to go winless in a 16-game season.
Billick is a Super Bowl-winning coach, and the Ravens were one of the league's top teams last season. But they have fallen apart this season, with eight straight losses and a 4-10 record. They're yet to develop a productive quarterback and a cohesive offense under Billick, and Billick's players came unraveled and lost their composure late in a nationally televised loss to the New England Patriots a few weeks ago. Since then, the club was routed at home by the Indianapolis Colts and lost to the Dolphins.
By Mark Maske |
December 17, 2007; 3:25 PM ET
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