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Billick contacts Tice about joining Buffalo staff

Though former Ravens coach Brian Billick denied on Monday having contact with the Bills “as of yet,” he’s having plenty of contact with folks who would work with him if he gets the Buffalo job.

Per WGRZ-TV, Billick has reached out to Jaguars assistant head coach Mike Tice regarding the possibility of joining the staff.

Tice and Billick worked together in Minnesota under Dennis Green before the Ravens hired Billick in 1999.  Tice was named interim head coach after Green was fired late in the 2001 season, and Tice thereafter held the job for four seasons.

As we recently pointed out, it’s prudent for a coaching candidate like Billick to line up commitments from potential assistant coaches.  Whether it’s prudent for those potential assistant coaches to then blab about it is a different issue, especially when the coaching candidate in question already has a reputation for having an overly-inflated opinion of his abilities.

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16 Responses to “Billick contacts Tice about joining Buffalo staff”
  1. HEY YO says: Jan 6, 2010 7:56 AM

    I hope Tice will return the favor to Del Rio and take him with him so we can get a head coach that will actually have the team watch game film!!!

  2. BaltimoreSports says: Jan 6, 2010 7:59 AM

    I’m glad Billick parted ways here in Bmore, but the league hasn’t been as fun without him. He might be the right man to right the ship in Buffalo.

  3. Joe C says: Jan 6, 2010 8:00 AM

    At least with Lake Erie being frozen the majority of the time, you won’t see a Buffalo Bills “Love Boat” incident with Tice in the fold.
    Somehow I don’t think this is going to end well for the Bills.

  4. Stu says: Jan 6, 2010 8:04 AM

    Great. Now Tice can start scalping Super Bowl tickets within the Bills organization. This guy would server better as a bouncer or security guard outside Wal-Mart.

  5. mnmaverick says: Jan 6, 2010 8:12 AM

    Billick is the real deal. He’s confident. There is nothing over-inflated about it.
    He was the best Offensive Coordinator the Vikings have ever had. He won a Super Bowl with TRENT DILFER at QB.
    There is a difference between a guy like Sean Salisbury who accomplishjeed nothing as a player but talked big and a guy like Billick, Thiessman, Gruden, etc. Those guys have accomplished something. They know what they’re talking about.

  6. slutnuts says: Jan 6, 2010 8:12 AM

    if del rio isnt fired, and therefore tice remains on in jacksonville, why would he want to leave there and go to buffalo? he cant be ranked higher than he is in jax, without becoming hc somewhere. i would think that jacksonville has more exposure, and a better organization in terms of coaches having the ability to move to higher ranks within the league.

  7. goJags says: Jan 6, 2010 8:22 AM

    I would be greatly excited if Mr. Meathead joins the billick staff. he is one reason why the Jags play calling is so awful as it is now. Dirk Koerter hands were tight becoz of the QB’s (in)ability and also Meathead wants to stick to the double/triple tight end set.

  8. wwwmattcom says: Jan 6, 2010 8:47 AM

    Not end well for the Bills? How often do head coaches end their tenure with any team well? This will be good for Buffalo. Not paying through the nose to get a “brand” name coach. Not sure he’s got the best reputation, but that means it will be easier for him to exceed fans expectations. Go for it Buffalo!!
    Ya get a guy like Cowher or Shanahan and that’s a guy who gets booed out of town because he also took all your money and did nothing special with the team. Shanahan was a good dodge, who wants his son? Cowher, could be a good dodge because he might feel like he’s got nothing to prove. I feel that in his retirement he has been coasting and when he returns, he will be coasting.
    In the back of my mind, Billick has been doing real analyst work, while Cowher has been doing fake CBS analyst work.

  9. Reasonable says: Jan 6, 2010 8:55 AM

    slutnuts says:
    January 6, 2010 8:12 AM
    if del rio isnt fired, and therefore tice remains on in jacksonville, why would he want to leave there and go to buffalo? he cant be ranked higher than he is in jax, without becoming hc somewhere. i would think that jacksonville has more exposure, and a better organization in terms of coaches having the ability to move to higher ranks within the league.
    The Bills sell out every game. Even when they have bad years the sell 80,000 tickets to every home game. That is the advantage the Bills have over the Jags. MONEY.

  10. mnmaverick says: Jan 6, 2010 9:08 AM

    Tice is masterful with the offensive line and blocking shemes. He always had our line playing well.
    He was like Chilly as a head coach though. He just wasn’t qualified. McCombs hired him cheap to save money.

  11. RexRyan'sStressedLapband says: Jan 6, 2010 9:12 AM

    @ wwwmattcom:
    Great post. I hadn’t thought about the difference in what two guys like Billick and Cowher have been doing with their time away from football. Billick is all over NFLN breaking down game film, and Cowher is basically just an unpainted clown on a Sunday.
    What about Shanahan? I haven’t heard anything of him except the recent expected rumblings that come with the end of the season. He’s probably way out of practice.
    I don’t know how much Cowher’s edge will be effected by his time away, but I think his ability to motivate is unquestioned. Personally, I like the guy, and if he gets the job, I hope he does good things for the city of Buffalo. Unfortunately, they are in our division, so I hope he falls flat on his face at the same time.

  12. leatherneck says: Jan 6, 2010 10:30 AM

    Vikings fan here. I was glad to see Mike Tice leave the Vikings as head coach, but I have no hard feelings toward him.
    The problem in Minnesota was that Tice was promoted to head coach too fast. He still has never worked as a coordinator. He went directly from offensive line coach to head coach. Furthermore, he made key mistakes as a head coach by tolerating alcohol abuse and other things. A series of problems occurred while Tice was head coach: the whizzinator, Love Boat, ticket scalping, the draft pick that came in late. Now he is back to coaching offensive line with the Jaguars. I believe people can improve themselves and I hope that Mike Tice has been doing that.
    Mike Tice could make a good head coach one day, once he gets coordinator experience, and generally improves as a leader.
    The Bills and Brian Billick would be a natural match for each other. It’s good to see Billick considering Tice for his staff. I believe Tice could excel as an offensive coordinator. He has a good offensive mind. I hope that is what Billick would hire Tice to do.
    The Vikings and Bills play next year, so that could be a game to watch.

  13. DemocratsAreStupid says: Jan 6, 2010 10:43 AM

    Billick is definitely a better choice than Cowher for any position. Cowher will be just like George Seifert, out in 3-4 years

  14. Nevisyakker says: Jan 6, 2010 11:29 AM

    So according to your other article the chances are good for Tice to end up in LA since the Buffalo and Jacksonville franchises are the top two targets for the LA thieves.
    Billick knows football and has been a successful head coach. It’s good to hear that he may get a shot again.
    Tice was an excellent O-line coach but not a very good judge of talent and never had the respect of his players as a head coach.

  15. sand0 says: Jan 6, 2010 11:48 AM

    Tice and Billick are good coaches. Not great. But they are decent.
    Tice is remembered for the ways his team let him down with off the field incidents. I don’t fully agree that it is his fault that they didn’t act their ages. If I mess up and get a DWI my boss doesn’t get canned. It is almost silly to hold the coach accountable for activities he didn’t support.
    But Vikings fans should also remember that Tice led some okay to decent Vikes teams. He also thoroughly outcoached the Packers during that one playoff game at Lambeau where the Vikes came to town and absolutely dominated them.
    I still remember the 50 yard TD completion to Moe Williams on a fake flat route that turned intoa fade up the sideline. What a great call. The Packers coaching staff didn’t know what hit them in that game.
    After they lost the following week Tice was promptly fired, lol.

  16. mwcarolina says: Jan 6, 2010 12:22 PM

    Billick is definitely a better choice than Cowher for any position. Cowher will be just like George Seifert, out in 3-4 years
    disagree on the George Seifert comment, Seifert couldn’t coach at all, i mean at all, he is one of the worst coaches ever, people bring up his 49er days, he inherited a good team, want the real Seifert, look at the panthers. as for Brian Billick, he wouldn’t be a bad hire, he can coach.

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