Brian Billick out at FOX

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Brian Billick will no longer serve as an NFL analyst on FOX.

Jason McIntyre of TheBigLead.com first reported, and PFT has confirmed, that FOX decided not to renew Billick’s contract.

“We appreciate Brian’s contributions over the years to the NFL on FOX and wish him the best,” FOX spokesman Dan Bell said.

Billick was head coach of the Ravens from 1999 to 2007 and led them to a championship at Super Bowl XXXV. He had been serving as a color commentator during games on FOX for six seasons, and a year ago he appeared to be viewed as a rising star at the network, as FOX assigned Billick to a playoff game. But now the 60-year-old Billick is departing the booth.

145 responses to “Brian Billick out at FOX

  1. He was usually one of the more opinionated analysts on TV. I guess that is frowned upon now.

    The networks want more guys like Gruden and Collinsworth that fawn over players the entire game.

  2. It’s about time. This self absorbed, self centered blowhard just wanted to hear himself talk and drop nothing but SAT words on us every time he spoke. It’s football for God’s sake. Many thanks, FOX.

  3. Paul Allen who announces the Vikings deserves a top botch announcing job, there’s no other person with as much energy as Paul Allen and has so much knowledge of the game.

    C’mon FOX.

  4. hope he goes back to coaching. the offense he put together in minnesota, before going to the ravens, was amazing.

  5. So how does Gus Johnson still have a job? If I hear him scream “FIRST DOWN, WHAT A PLAY!!” on a 3 yd run 2 minutes into the 1st quarter of a game one more time…

  6. Billick is insightful and has good timing in his analysis during a game. I would expect him to get picked up by someone else quickly.

  7. Wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that he normally spends the majority of the broadcast auditioning for his next head coaching job.

  8. Weak in the booth, weak on the sideline. The OC made his bones on Culpepper to Moss jump balls, not an offense. So it came as no surprise that he never came close to developing an offense in Baltimore. That Ravens D was remarkable. They dominated games with Dilfer under center. They would have won that Superbowl with Rich Kotite or Ray Handley walking the sideline. Two awful head coaches went head to head in that championship game, fittingly both are out of football.

  9. Please go to the NFL Network and call games there. At least I could turn the volume back up on Thursday night’s.

  10. Why fire Billick? He was actually good?! A former coach who’s insightful enough to do his job and make the viewers actually understand something with regards to were the game is going, or what a team was trying to do. I would enjoy him calling AFC games more anyway. Fox sucks! Keep Joe Buck, keep the Robot, but fire someone doing something right! Ok? Must have angered someone their, maybe the robot?

  11. I always wondered why he isn’t getting coaching opportunities. As offensive coordinator, he coached the most prolific offense to date at the time. As head coach, he coached the/one of the best defenses of all time. He likely shouldn’t get much credit for that d, but he knew to stay out of its way.

  12. Hooray!! All of the Fox co-workers and viewers now better understand the hell that all Ravens players and coaches endured playing and coaching for him. Sanctimonious is a kind description. The high point of his draft prognosis was to liken Ryan Tannehill to Jamarcus Russell as a future major draft bust. Yes, the goose really did say it.

  13. It has always completely baffled me that Billick (a superbowl winning coach) never got another coaching job.

    I have heard that he’s immensely arrogant and hard to get along with, but who really knows…

    I would hire him in a minute.

  14. It’s crazy that he’s out as an analyst but people like Aikman and Simms (I know he’s on a different network) who don’t say anything intelligible, contradict themselves all the time and add absolutely nothing to broadcasts continue to work.

  15. So what are the odds he jumps back onto the NFL coaching merry-go-round? Seriously theres about 10 teams right now he could take over.

  16. I thought he was one of the better ones in a group of mediocrity.

    It is baffling how Aikman and Buck continue on and Billick gets the boot. Billick which catch on on CBS, I guarantee it.

  17. FOX will now probably replace him with another mush-mouthed ex-player who’ll throw on a pair of fake glasses to look ‘smart’.

  18. Wouldn’t surprise me if Billick lands a consultant role with New England like Lombardi

    During Spygate Billick went out of his way to note that what Belichick did was no big thing – that everyone does it, going back to George Halas, and that it didn’t impact the game – just a 2007 violation of a new 2006 rule

    Like Steelers coach Bill Cowher, Billick knew Spygate was much ado about nothing. (Of course, jealous fans of other teams brainwash themselves into believing such comments from NFL coaches and executives do not exist)

  19. I like Brian. he does a good job and is very knowledgeable on the 3-4 defense. I’d rather have more of guys like him and less failed GM’s and annoying ex players

  20. What a bunch of clowns at Fox. Billick was an awesome analyst and I’m sure he’ll sign with CBS or NBC. Maybe he’ll take the spot of newly retired Dierdorf on CBS.

    I agree with everyone else, Buck and Aikman should get the axe. Separate them at the very least! My ears bleed when I listen to Aikman.

  21. Yeah, and this bionehead also gave New England a first round pick for the rights to draft Kyle Boller. Kyle Boller!

  22. NFL Network needs more intelligent, upstanding commentators to balance out the sharper thing. But also they are flashy with the Sanders and the Sapps and the Irvins. Faulk and Billick just seem like they would butt heads well talking about concepts nobody else in the room will ever understand. Make it happen Roger!!

  23. He was good on the in game analysis, but misses up people’s names a lot. He’s like a modern day Harry Caray in that respect.

  24. He can get a job with his brother-in-law Mike Smith coach of the Falcons. He gives everyone else a job like Mike Tice & Bryan Cox. Surely Billick can be fit in.

  25. Buck is awful on NFL games, but is better with baseball. Aikman , Buck, and Simms are hard to take.
    Billick was better than them.

  26. thepftpoet says:
    Mar 23, 2014 6:41 PM
    Paul Allen who announces the Vikings deserves a top botch announcing job, there’s no other person with as much energy as Paul Allen and has so much knowledge of the game.

    C’mon FOX.

    Sorry but this made me chuckle. PA knows nothing other than what Charch or Florio tells him. And his shtick is waaaay old & tied to me.

  27. Too bad for the browns that this didn’t happen before they hired their juco level head coach. Would have been fun rooting against him. Not a great coach but lots of savvy.

  28. I like Brian too. There must be something more to this than just his body of work, I thought he was very good. The guy that bugs me is Charlie Casserly.

  29. realnflmaster says:
    Mar 23, 2014 6:39 PM
    Heath Evans keeps his job, but Billick is let go?

    #FoxLogic #JETSdynasty #NamathLEGEND #2014NFLChamps

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    Enough with the stupid hashtags. This isn’t twitter.

  30. It was embarrassing listening to him gush over his brother-in-law’s 4-12 Falcons team this season. I’d guess that’s a big part of the reason he got fired.

  31. To start with I will never relish in a person losing a job especially in a potentially embarrassing and public way. With that said…

    NOW I CAN GET IN BOARD WITH FOX! This guy was so biased against teams and he would get down on them for the littlest dang reason and just keep riding and riding it. He would literally push his brand on trams and publicly scrutinize for not doing what he thought was best. I literally watched the 3rd qtr of a game last year on mute I was so sick of his crap.

    Now lets get something going with casserly and that tool Ryan and I might tattoo fox sports on my face or something. Those guys are equally as bad if not worse.

  32. partmachine says:
    Mar 23, 2014 6:41 PM

    I like Brian. Always spoke his mind. Knew how to handle the media.
    ========just not the team, Marvin Lewis’s defense won that superbowl

  33. i was hoping it was Moose or Goose. Both make me want to shoot myself, if i accidentally unmute those agenda-driven hacks.

  34. Love him or hate him as a coach. he brought a lot to the game doing color.
    I hope he lands somewhere else soon as he didn’t overpower games, he flavored them which is what a color guy is to do.
    Good luck Brian.

  35. Anyone commenting about how they’re ‘surprised he hasn’t gotten another shot at coaching’ should know that when he was released from baltimore he had 3-4 yrs left on his contract… and in order to collect that money he had to stay out of coaching… so he sat back, collected those millions for doing NOTHING.. and got into TV… he didn’t desire to coach… he’s free to do anything now as we (baltimore) are no longer paying him… maybe he does throw his hat back in the ring?
    I’d like to see it… liked the guy… actually think going from him to Harbaugh was an extremely lateral move.

  36. As many have said get rid of Aikman the absolute worst on air jock. Except for Sapp of course.

    What, Billick was 60 so they canned him. Sue them for age discrimination. Everyone else sues.

  37. I mostly watch the AFC but I’ve occasionally seen an NFC game with Billick. I thought he was the best that Fox had. I hope CBS picks him up.
    Also, Joe Buck is the worst.

  38. Thank GOD. This guy was such a horrible broadcaster. Karlos “Dansberry” was a great additional to the Cardinals, or something.

  39. 49ers take note: If you don’t go after Mike Holmgren, give Brian Billick a call, he has won a Super Bowl and is mature.

  40. He took the heat for Lewis during SB 35 by pissing off the press so that they would leave Lewis alone about the murders. How does Lewis repay him? By throwing him under the bus the year he got fired in Baltimore!

  41. The Almighty Cabbage says: Mar 23, 2014 6:46 PM

    I’d MUCH rather listen to Billick than Aikman & Joe Buck.

    I’d even take Holt over those 2 retards and Holt sucked!

  42. He could always get a job as a counselor for Ravens that get arrested. Full time employment.

  43. FOX has saved us!!!!!!!!!

    Billick is an owl!!!

    The owl is always synonymous as a scholarly symbol, but it is actually the dumbest bird in all of the animal kingdom.

    I can’t believe NFL Network still employs him too.

    What a deep voice with no educational influence is worth my time???

  44. He was like the grampa who was trying to teach you how to use tools properly, always with the positive attitude and the clear explanation of things. lol

    Didn’t mind him as an announcer.

  45. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Mar 23, 2014 6:46 PM
    I’d MUCH rather listen to Billick than Aikman & Joe Buck.
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    You said it bro. Billick and Brennamen were my favorite team to listen to and way better than Aikman & Joe Buck.

    Some of these other guys like Phil Simms and Dan Fouts are painful to listen to as well. My all-time can’t stand is Steve Tasker though.

  46. Mayock and Mariucci are tolerable on NN but the rest aren’t much.

    One of the worst analysts is/was Tony Boselli wherever he is and Dick Stockton is the worst PBP guy, IMO.

  47. call him whatever you want, just make sure you call him WORLD champion, too!
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    Oh, come on. Everybody knows it was Trent Dilfer that won him that Championship! 🙂

  48. Good broadcaster and entertaining on his weekly radio interviews on 670 The Score in Chicago. Far better than at least 85% of the other guys on TV.

  49. Billick will end up on his feet. Maybe NFL Network will give him a shot. Certainly he would do a better job than Mayock.

  50. PA has a radio show in Minneapolis KFAN He is the worst Homer ever never talks bad and always has the wrong take even being the Vikings color. Best info guy at theat staition is Common Man Dan Cole…Common call PA Duckies and Bunnies in reference to his kid glove questions towards the Vikings…Puke….I cant even listen to him on the radio…. ugh PA has one eyebrow! face for radio hello!
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    thepftpoet says:
    Mar 23, 2014 6:41 PM
    Paul Allen who announces the Vikings deserves a top botch announcing job, there’s no other person with as much energy as Paul Allen and has so much knowledge of the game.

    C’mon FOX.

  51. Steelers fan here and I can honestly say that I think Billick is one of the better game analysts out there. Guy just knows his stuff, he’s opinionated (which I’m ok with) and articulate.

    Puzzling move by Fox IMO.

  52. thepftpoet says:
    Mar 23, 2014 6:41 PM
    Paul Allen who announces the Vikings deserves a top botch announcing job, there’s no other person with as much energy as Paul Allen and has so much knowledge of the game.

    C’mon FOX.

    and Tom Barnard show replace Howard Stern.

    The gene pool is a teaspoon in MN.

  53. Billick should remain an NFL analyst. He was one of the few color commentators calling out the idiocy of the officials last season.

  54. The Dolphins may want to call him, and the head coach will know who will replace him if he don’t get his act together this year. Bill

  55. One of the better commentators and obviously by the comments, very well liked. NFL Network should take note and snatch him up. Actually he was a great offensive coordinator in Minnesota but I think his pride would prohibit him from returning as anything other than a head coach.

  56. billick ok as analyst/

    Now I would be happy if ESPN fired Berman. THat would really make me happier/

  57. Brian Billick does have an irritating habit of constantly getting players names wrong (including very well known ones, like “Gerald Allen”) but I like his enthusiasm and his analysis. Fox is making a mistake by letting him go. I hope he lands somewhere else because I like him as a broadcaster.

  58. The only possible explanation is that Fox thought he was making their other announcers look bad by comparison, and that it’s easier to fire the one guy who stood out instead of the mutliple other hacks they employ.

    He was pretty fair in his assessments.

  59. dickshotdogs says: Mar 23, 2014 6:40 PM

    It’s about time. This self absorbed, self centered blowhard just wanted to hear himself talk and drop nothing but SAT words on us every time he spoke. It’s football for God’s sake. Many thanks, FOX.

    duece5 says:

    As your username as to the obvious, I doubt you could understand much more than 2 syallable words..

  60. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Mar 23, 2014 7:10 PM

    NFL Network needs more intelligent, upstanding commentators to balance out the sharper thing. But also they are flashy with the Sanders and the Sapps and the Irvins. Faulk and Billick just seem like they would butt heads well talking about concepts nobody else in the room will ever understand. Make it happen Roger!!

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    That my friend was brilliant and spot on! I did see Billick from time to time on Playbook now if he can bump Sterling Sharpe, then we’re cooking.

  61. I’m sure he has plenty of money and he’s 60…. Go retire, Brian, move to a retirement community in Florida. Your arrogant condescending and biased football commentary will play better in the old folks home.

    …and I think almost all agree that Joe Buck is amazingly bad.

  62. It’s funny. Name an announcer and half the people love him and half the people hate him. I thought Billick was okay. Nothing special, but okay.
    But realize this — the NFL and the networks control what these guys can say and can’t say. Imagine yourself trying to describe something when you have to walk a tightrope instead of saying what you really want to say.
    To me, the worst announcer there is is Gruden. I like him as a guy who knows football, but the problem is he’s bought into his own hype and goes way overboard in praising the players. I call it John Madden Syndrome. Madden was great early on, but over the years became a self-promoting buffoon.
    Same with Chris Berman. His act has worn so thin now that he’s unlistenable. Plus, he spent so many years imitating Howard Cosell’s highlight voice-overs that he’s ruined his voice.
    To me, the best NFL announcers of all time are Ray Scott, Curt Gowdy, and Pat Summerall. Those guys had no egos and knew they weren’t the story — the game was the story. Most of the guys who do the games now are so busy trying to promote themselves that they forget that. They just don’t have anyone now who’s in their class.

  63. Billick is top 5 smartest people in/around the NFL. Probably his downfall. He spoke at one of my football camps, he’s a great guy and a great football mind. Hope he lands somewhere that suits him. I think he still did NFL Network stuff last year.

  64. Billick might not want to coach again. Why should he? He can work from home, which is a mansion located in Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore. Traveled on the weekends to his assignments or a day or two for his other assignments, and is able spend most of his time with his lovely bride Kim. Who would probably kick him out if he did take another coaching job.
    I’m not going to say he’s the best color guy out there, but he sure beats 99% of them. He forgets more football in 1 day than some of these yapping heads ever learned..

  65. Always a sigh of relief when I saw Billick in the booth. Shame to see him out of a job, while Collinsworth still has his.

  66. You wont see Bill Cowher get sliced and diced like this. Cowher get’s the “BOSS” chair on the CBS broadcast.

  67. Must be nice to be the son of a legend right Joe Buck? Because you get to keep your job even though you aren’t very good.

  68. Can’t see him being unemployed for long. There are about a thousand of these jobs and he’s better than the vast majority of guys.

  69. Wow this is a bummer. He was one of the few announcers I really liked. He did have a problem with player names, but he was great with play by play.

  70. rockyburnette says:
    Mar 23, 2014 6:50 PM
    Weak in the booth, weak on the sideline. The OC made his bones on Culpepper to Moss jump balls, not an offense. So it came as no surprise that he never came close to developing an offense in Baltimore. That Ravens D was remarkable. They dominated games with Dilfer under center. They would have won that Superbowl with Rich Kotite or Ray Handley walking the sideline. Two awful head coaches went head to head in that championship game, fittingly both are out of football.
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    Yes, becasue if I had Culpepper and Moss in their prime I would go with a ground and pound approach. 70 yard TDs cover too much ground and stuff….

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