I’ve eagerly awaited the day that Brian Billick gets his next head coaching job so that I can add my second favorite NFL team. I love the guy. The demeanor, attitude and confidence of the Ravens during his tenure were a direct translation of his personality and became my favorite attributes of the early Ravens.
Billick hasn’t coached a game since 2007 and all signs point to him remaining in the booth rather than returning to the sideline.
“It’s a general manager’s game. I’m not what they’re looking for,” Billick said according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “That’s fine. They want a head coach today that doesn’t have to worry about personnel, the cap or even the media. We’ll lock you in a room and you come out with a genius game plan. They’re looking for X’s and O’s guys. That’s the world we live in right now.”
The game certainly has changed in the five years that Billick has been out of it. Just look at Tom Coughlin and Bill Belichick’s interviews this week. Have you seen any sign of life from either head coach? Nope. And that’s the brand of boring football coach that dominates the NFL these days. Not the guy that famously cancelled a preseason game because of bad turf.
“When you go into a lion’s den, you don’t tiptoe in. You carry a spear. You go in screaming like a banshee and say, ‘Where’s the son of a bitch?’” That was the message Brian Billick delievered his team after defeating the defending AFC champion Tennessee Titans during the Super Bowl run in 2000.
You’d never hear anything like that today.
“I’ve always said at the very least that at least I am consistently arrogant, egotistical and eccentric,” Billick said.