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- Brian Billick Returning to Ravens

Chris Pokorny December 29, 2005
Chris Pokorny
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The Baltimore Ravens will not need a new head coach next year despite underachieving the past several years. Team owner Steve Bisciotti believes that continuity is the best way to put losing seasons behind you. If Brian Billick can't get it done next year though, his job could be on the line.

The Ravens were expected to compete for the playoffs, and even the Super Bowl, after they gave Kyle Boller two new offensive weapons in Mark Clayton and Derrick Mason this offeseason. Boller got injured in Week 1, and the Ravens plummeted to a poor start.

Their fortune has started to change, even without standout linebacker Ray Lewis. Baltimore has gone 4-2 in their past six games, including two straight victories in which their offense finally started to click. In his past two games, Boller has thrown for seven touchdowns compared to only one interception.

Billick's job security was confirmed safe in a press conference on Wednesday.

"We have an ongoing and extensive process to find ways to win. This included a thorough evaluation of Brian Billick," said Bisciotti in a statement. "Collectively, we concluded that continuing with Brian as head coach gives us the best opportunity to win."

Billick's career highlight was leading the Ravens to a 34-7 Super Bowl victory in 2000 over the New York Giants.

"As I have always said, I'm very thankful and appreciative to be part of an organization and a group of people that we have here," Billick said. "The ability to deal and go through the difficulties that a team and an organization does, and to deal with it the way that we have, is very important to me. That's why I covet being here."

The Ravens have one more game until this season is over, against the Cleveland Browns. A victory could set the tempo for next season, but even a loss would not erase what they've been able to do the past two weeks.

"I've always been a fan of Coach Billick. I think he runs the program the right way," said Ravens' tight end Todd Heap. "I'm excited we have this continuity going forward. Everything was kind of up in the air. But now we can lay that to rest and focus on what we can do as a team to get better for next season."

Most of the players are behind the decision to keep Billick. They enjoy playing for him and believe he is the man to continue leading this team.


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