Billick to get extension with Ravens


Fresh off their first playoff loss ever, the Baltimore Ravens are not about to lose their head coach anytime soon.

Ravens owner Art Modell confirmed to the Baltimore Sun on Wednesday that Brian Billick will receive a contract extension. Modell told the newspaper that the extension will be finalized soon after the Super Bowl. Billick has three years remaining on his original six-year deal.

"I'm going to do something to say more than words to express my confidence in him," Modell told the Sun.

Billick has a 35-19 record in his first head coaching job, including a victory over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. The Ravens, however, could not repeat their title run this season, losing to the Steelers 27-10 on Sunday in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Before Billick arrived in January 1999, the Ravens were 16-31-1 in the team's first three years under coach Ted Marchibroda. The team didn't finish higher than fourth in the AFC Central under Marchibroda.

In three seasons with Billick, the Ravens have not had a losing season and became the first NFL franchise to win its first five playoff games. The loss to the Steelers ended that streak.

"He's taken the team to new heights," Modell told the Sun. "Brian has proven to be at the top of his class. As we enter our period of adjustment with the salary cap, I want to reward him in a measurable way."