Brian Billick

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Brian Billick
Brian Billick 2007-08-08.jpg
Billick during Ravens 2007 Training Camp.
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-02-28) February 28, 1954 (age 60)
Place of birth Fairborn, Ohio
Career information
Position(s) Tight End
College Brigham Young
NFL Draft 1977 / Round 11/ Pick 295
Head coaching record
Regular season 80-64-0
Postseason 5-3
Career record 85-67-0
Super Bowl wins Super Bowl XXXV
Championships won 2000 AFC Championship
Stats
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Coaching stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1977
1977
San Francisco 49ers *
Dallas Cowboys *
*Offseason member only
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1978

1981-1985

1986-1988

1989-1991


1992-1993

1994-1998

1999-2007
Brigham Young
(graduate assistant)
San Diego State
(tight ends coach)
Utah State
(offensive coordinator)
Stanford
(assistant head coach and tight ends coach)
Minnesota Vikings
(tight ends coach)
Minnesota Vikings
(offensive coordinator)
Baltimore Ravens
(head coach)

Brian Harold Billick[1] (born February 28, 1954) is a National Football League game analyst for Fox, and is also an analyst for the network's Bowl Championship Series coverage. He was previously an NFL coach, most recently with the Baltimore Ravens from January 19, 1999 to December 31, 2007. Billick led the Ravens to a 34–7 victory over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance. He was also notable for being the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings (1994–1998) when they broke the then scoring record in the 1998 season.

Biography[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Billick, who played football and basketball at Redlands High School in Redlands, California, had his No. 17 jersey retired by the school in March 2001.[2] He played both quarterback and cornerback in high school and holds the state record with 21 career interceptions.

After spending his freshman season as a linebacker at the United States Air Force Academy,[3] Billick transferred to Brigham Young University [4] and became a tight end. He later told friends that he left the Air Force Academy because he learned, after he'd already enrolled, that his height and size (6-foot-5, 230 lb.) precluded him from ever becoming a fighter pilot. He received All-Western Athletic Conference and honorable mention All-America honors in 1976.

Billick was selected in the 11th round of the 1977 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, but was released by both the 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys that year, and never played in the NFL.

Coaching career[edit]

College[edit]

In 1977, after being cut by the San Francisco 49ers, Billick returned to his hometown of Redlands, Calif., and served as a volunteer wide receivers coach for the University of Redlands football team (NAIA), under coach Frank Serrao. That season, he also split time as an assistant coach at Redlands High School. Billick said he coached the high school team's practice from 2 to 4 p.m., then headed over to the university for the college practice.[5]

Billick worked as a graduate assistant at Brigham Young for one season (1978) before joining the 49ers as the assistant director of public relations for two years (1979–1980).

He returned to coaching with San Diego State University, serving as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for five seasons (1981–1985). After being named the offensive coordinator of Utah State University, Billick improved the second-worst offense in Division I-A into a top-10 offense in only three seasons (1986–1988).

Billick was then hired as the assistant head coach and tight ends coach at Stanford by Dennis Green, serving both roles for three seasons (1989–91).

National Football League[edit]

Assistant Coach[edit]

The Vikings made the playoffs during six of the seven seasons (1992–1998) that Billick spent with the team, and set several offensive records in the process. In 1998, Minnesota set a then-NFL record for most points scored in a season (556) (which has since been broken by the 2007 Patriots), and set a team record with 41 touchdown passes. His work under Minnesota head coach Dennis Green put Billick in the Bill Walsh coaching tree.

Head Coach[edit]
Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Billick became the second coach in Baltimore Ravens history on January 19, 1999, when he was hired to replace Ted Marchibroda. He had an 85–67 record in nine seasons (1999–2007) with the team, including 5–3 in the playoffs. He won a Super Bowl title.

Although Billick had the opportunity to interview for the head coaching job of the reactivated Cleveland Browns and was rumored to be their top candidate, he chose to interview with the Ravens first.[6] He signed with Baltimore in under 24 hours after his initial interview.

In his first season with the Ravens, Billick led the team to its first non-losing record (8–8) in the franchise's brief four-year history.

Billick (far right) and the rest of the 2000 Ravens meet U.S. president George W. Bush in 2001.
Billick and Gary Zauner in 2003.

The next season, Baltimore finished with a 12–4 record and earned its first playoff berth. Prior to reaching the playoffs, Billick forbade his players from using either the term "playoffs" or the term "Super Bowl," with the idea of keeping them focused on winning each game instead of on their more distant prize. Billick felt this approach would help them reach that prize, and went so far as to fine Tony Siragusa for violating this rule. In response, the players borrowed the term "Festivus" from the television series Seinfeld for the playoffs, and the term Festivus Maximus for the Super Bowl. When they reached the playoffs, Billick lifted this ban. The Ravens took advantage of their vaunted defense, which allowed an NFL record-low 165 points in the regular season (for a point differential of 168; the Ravens also led the league in turnover differential at plus-23), during the playoffs to advance to Super Bowl XXXV against the New York Giants. It was a blowout 34-7 victory, giving Billick his first (and so far only) Super Bowl.

Billick led the Ravens to a 10–6 record and a victory over the Miami Dolphins in a 2001 wild card playoff game before losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional Round. Baltimore finished 7–9 and missed the playoffs in 2002, but bounced back in 2003 with a 10-6 record and the franchise's first division title; the key game of this season was a wild 44–41 overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks in which the Ravens scored 20 unanswered points from the 10:14 mark of the fourth quarter through overtime; the win launched the then 5–5 Ravens into the division title. The Ravens lost to the Titans, 20–17, in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.

The Ravens missed the playoffs in 2004 (9–7) and 2005 (6–10) before bouncing back in the 2006 season. Billick fired offensive coordinator Jim Fassel on October 17, 2006, assuming the role for the remainder of the season, as the Ravens earned a franchise best 13–3 record, won the AFC North and earned the first playoff bye in team history. Baltimore, however, lost to eventual Super Bowl champions, the Indianapolis Colts, 15–6, in the divisional round. In 2007, the Ravens dramatically dropped to 5-11. That prompted team owner Steve Bisciotti to fire Billick. "The team has to move on," he said. He was replaced by John Harbaugh.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti described the decision to fire Billick as the toughest decision he has ever had to make. Billick, in a short statement, said Bisciotti did what he believed was best for the Ravens, and asserted that the two men are and will remain friends.[7]

Broadcasting career[edit]

When the Ravens were eliminated in the playoffs in 2003, Billick was used as a studio analyst by ABC Sports. After being fired by the Ravens, Billick became a draft analyst for the NFL Network during the 2008 NFL Draft. Billick then became a game analyst for the NFL on Fox during the 2008 NFL season,[8] working alongside Thom Brennaman. Billick returned with his NFL on Fox broadcasting partner Brennaman as a game analyst for the 2009 NFL Season.[9] On NFL Network, Billick can be seen alongside Dennis Green on The Coaches Show, as well as Sterling Sharpe and Brian Baldinger on Thursday and Friday editions of Playbook, the ultimate NFL “Xs and Os” program utilizing the same “all 22” game film that coaches and players use to preview all of the upcoming games. He also serves as an analyst on NFL Network’s signature show NFL Total Access and has provided on location analysis for the Network’s coverage of the NFL Scouting Combine and NFL Draft. He often appears on ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning to discuss football matchups and news.

Game show contestant[edit]

Shortly before beginning his coaching career, Billick appeared as a contestant on TV's Match Game PM in 1977, losing to Marla Marshall.[10] Panelist Richard Dawson remarked after Billick's loss: "Football: Failed. Game show: Failed.".[11]

Head coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
BAL 1999 8 8 0 .500 3rd in AFC Central - - - -
BAL 2000 12 4 0 .750 2nd in AFC Central 4 0 1.000 Super Bowl XXXV Champions
BAL 2001 10 6 0 .625 2nd in AFC Central 1 1 .500 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Divisional Game
BAL 2002 7 9 0 .438 3rd in AFC North - - - -
BAL 2003 10 6 0 .625 1st in AFC North 0 1 .000 Lost to Tennessee Titans in AFC Wild Card Game
BAL 2004 9 7 0 .563 2nd in AFC North - - - -
BAL 2005 6 10 0 .375 3rd in AFC North - - - -
BAL 2006 13 3 0 .813 1st in AFC North 0 1 .000 Lost to Indianapolis Colts in AFC Divisional Game
BAL 2007 5 11 0 .313 4th in AFC North - - - -
BAL Total 80 64 0 .556 5 3 .625
Total[12] 80 64 0 .556 5 3 .625

Coaching tree[edit]

NFL head coaches under whom Brian Billick has served:

Assistant coaches under Brian Billick that became NFL head coaches:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billick on Pro-Football-Reference". rbref.com. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  2. ^ Brian Billick profile, Baltimore Ravens. Accessed October 18, 2007. "Billick earned 3 letters in both football and basketball at Redlands HS"
  3. ^ "Brian Billick". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  4. ^ "Three NFL head coaches linked by BYU, faith", URL retrieved 8 January 2007
  5. ^ Billick, Brian, with MacCambridge, Michael. "More Than A Game: The Glorious Present and Uncertain Future of the NFL," Scribner, 2009.
  6. ^ "Chris Palmer signs with Browns". The Cincinnati Post (Associated Press) (E. W. Scripps Company). 1999-01-22. Archived from the original on 2004-03-30. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  7. ^ http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/football/bal-billicksports0101,0,7748509.story "Billick fired" retrieved 04 January 2008
  8. ^ "Former Ravens coach Billick to call plays for Fox as NFL game analyst - Baltimore Business Journal:". [dead link]
  9. ^ http://msn.foxsports.com/id/10013386 ANALYST DAVIS, LYNCH & GREEN DEEPEN NFL ON FOX ROSTER, posted September 2, 2009, retrieved October 21, 2009
  10. ^ Match Game PM #3-19
  11. ^ "Match Game 73" Trivia, IMDB.com
  12. ^ Brian Billick Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks - Pro-Football-Reference.com

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jack Burns
Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator
1994–1998
Succeeded by
Ray Sherman