Sunday, October 26, 2003
Ravens hurt twice by questionable reviews
BALTIMORE -- Burned twice by replay calls Sunday, Baltimore
Ravens coach Brian Billick called for the end of instant replay to
determine the outcome of questionable calls.
Billick challenged two calls a week ago in a game against
Cincinnati, and both calls went against him. He also had two calls
go against him Sunday in a 26-6 win over the Denver Broncos.
First, the Broncos successfully challenged an apparent touchdown
catch by Baltimore's Todd Heap. Then, Billick challenged a
third-quarter call in which the officials ruled Heap dropped the
In the latter case, the Ravens lost a timeout because the call
was not overturned.
"I quit. I give up," Billick said. "I've tried to be an
advocate for instant replay. I've tried to do the company line.
I've said the right things.
"Dump the whole thing. We have spent so much money on this
thing and it doesn't work. I've tried.
"League," he said, looking skyward, "I'm sorry. I've tried to
hold the line. Dump it. Get rid of the whole damn thing because it
Six days earlier, Billick sounded off against replay after
Baltimore receiver Frank Sanders apparently tagged Cincinnati
cornerback Tory James after an interception, but referee Johnny
Grier ruled otherwise after watching the replay.
"I don't know that Johnny wasn't looking at pictures of his
kids in that little booth," Billick said.
"I'm still an advocate of instant replay, but I've long been an
advocate of taking it off the field. Let's take it upstairs,"
Billick said. "With the current system, I've got to expend a
timeout, embarrass the officials and throw a red flag out on the
field, let him go in and look at God knows what on the Internet,
and come out and tell me I didn't get a definitive view to overrule