Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Brian Billick doesn't expect to coach again
By Jamison Hensley
INDIANAPOLIS -- A New York reporter asked Brian Billick about how the Super Bowl head coaches are here on their second stints.
"Amazing about that, huh?," Billick said, cracking a wide smile. "It’s amazing how much smarter you get the second time around."
Brian Billick hasn't coached in the NFL since the 2007 season.
Bill Belichick struggled in Cleveland with a 36-44 record before winning three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots. Tom Coughlin ended his run in Jacksonville with three straight losing seasons before winning the Super Bowl with the New York Giants in 2007.
Billick finds it amusing that he hasn't received a second chance since getting fired from the Baltimore Ravens after the 2007 season. This will mark the fifth season that he's been out of football, which is a strong sign that he won't coach in the league again.
There are many theories on why Billick hasn't been interviewed while the likes of Chan Gailey, Pat Shurmur, Mike Munchak and Joe Philbin all have. Billick was hired to turn around the offense and he won with defense. He won a Super Bowl in his second season but he failed to win another playoff game after the 2001 season. And his dismissal was reportedly supported in the locker room, which indicates that he lost the locker room.
But there were negatives about Belichick and Coughlin in their previous jobs and teams still hired them again.
"You can’t dismiss the fact that these two guys who have played here before, and have the experience to lose a job and recraft their teaching sequence in what it means to be a head coach," Billick said at the Super Bowl. "It’s evidentially what’s lost on the league because that’s not what they’re looking for."
Billick is resigned to the fact that he won't coach again.
"It’s a general manager’s game. I’m not what they’re looking for," Billick said. "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."
Billick, though, hasn't closed the door on a return entirely.
"It has to be the right people in the right situation that has the right vision and the right partnership that I had in Baltimore," he said. "But that’s a narrow bandwidth."