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Baltimore Ravens fire coach Brian Billick after nine years

Baltimore Ravens fired on Monday long-time head coach Brian Billick, following a disappointing season.

Baltimore Ravens fire coach Brian Billick after nine years The Baltimore Ravens (5-11) fired on Monday head coach Brian Billick, who was on the job for nine years. Billick started at Baltimore in 1999 and took the Ravens to win the Super Bowl in 2001, as well as leading the team to a franchise-best 13-3 record in 2006. But all his accomplishments did little to prevent him from getting hired just a day after his team concluded a disappointing season, during which they lost a team-record nine consecutive games, prior to the 27-21 victory over the Steelers in the final regular season game.

 Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti assured Brian Billick less than a month ago that his job in 2008 with the team was secured. "I just changed my mind. I can't explain to you how tough a decision it is. It's the toughest decision I've ever had to make," Steve Bisciotti told the Baltimore Sun after firing Billick on Monday. Bisciotti also said that he simply gave indications to Brian Billick that he may keep the job, but never made any promises to the coach. The Ravens will pay Billick the remainder of his contract, which has been estimated at $5 million for the next three years.

 Published on 12/31/2007

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