BILLICK SAYS THAT HE AND NOLAN AREN'T A PACKAGE DEAL

Former Ravens coach Brian Billick has denied a rumor we posted on Thursday that he’s floating the posssibility of joining a new team with Billick as the boss and former 49ers coach Mike Nolan as the defensive coordinator.
“I don’t think those things exist,” Billick said on Sporting News Radio’s The Monty Show.  “Mike Nolan is an outstanding coach and there’s no question in my mind that Mike will be back coordinating this season that’s coming up.  But Mike will have some different decisions to make as well.  Mike has been in this league a long time and he’ll have to look at what the right combinations are for him.  I would love to work with Mike again but obviously it has to be in the right situation both for Mike and the organization . . . but no, there’s no package deals being marketed around the league.”
But it sounds like Billick, who could sit back for two more years and collect his Ravens buyout while separately getting paid to be a FOX analyst, might be interested in exploring opportunities to return to the NFL.
“[W]e’re coming up on that time of year where those types of observations and discussions are going to be had,” he said, “you know as is typical in January, there will be the four or five coaching changes and for me it’s a matter of seeing what combinations are there.  I like what I’m doing now but obviously once you’re a coach, you’re always a coach and if the right team and right combination [arises] . . . .  A lot of assistants will say that, first time guys wanting to be head coaches and will talk about it having to be the right combination of people and then Charles Manson could offer them a job and they’d take it. . . . 
“I’m in a little different position, I had a pretty good first marriage with Ozzie Newsome and so it really would have to be the right situation and by that I mean a situation where someone with my background and my skill set is what’s needed for that organization.  So there will be those kind of conversations going forward, or not we’ll see, but right now everything you read or hear is pretty much at the rumor stage.”
At this point, we’re aware of no rumors linking Billick to any specific job.  Lately, there’s been a trend against hiring recycled head coaches.
Last year, each of the three head-coaching vacancies were filled by first-time head coaches at the NFL level, and each of them have done extremely well.  [Editor’s note:  As a reader has pointed out in the comments, there were four vacancies a year ago, and the fourth was also filled by a first-timer who started strong but whose performance has faded to the point that we had forgotten all about him.]  Though there are plenty of head coaches who have done well after being fired from their prior gigs (e.g., Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin), it might be harder than usual for a guy with prior experience that ended in an involuntary separation to get one of the other 31 positions at the highest level of the sport.

12 responses to “BILLICK SAYS THAT HE AND NOLAN AREN'T A PACKAGE DEAL

  1. I really don’t think “first time guys wanting to be head coaches” would take a job offered by Charles Manson. That guy is scary lookin’ and talks nutty crazy. Helter Skelter.

  2. “At this point, we’re aware of no rumors linking Billick to any specific job. Lately, there’s been a trend against hiring recycled head coaches.”
    PLEASE FORWARD TO RALPH WILSON.

  3. Ummm Tony Dungy was fired too. Norv Turner was hired as reclamation project, Wade Phillips, Dick Jauron, the league is actually about 50/50 coordinator and former HC’s. The one thing that is a rarity now is the college coach taking NFL positions. That’s the only certainty.

  4. “Last year, each of the three head-coaching vacancies were filled by first-time head coaches at the NFL level, and each of them have done extremely well.”
    Sheesh, who’s the editor around here? There were FOUR (4) vacancies last year (still, all were filled by first-timers, none of whom were offensive or defensive coordinators.)
    Jim Zorn
    John Harbaugh
    Mike Smith
    Tony Sparano
    I’m curious to find out which was overlooked.

  5. Just take out “Charles Manson” and insert “Al Davis”.
    Al’s scary looking and talks nutty crazy,too.

  6. The original post said “BILLICK, NOLAN SHOPPING THEMSELVES TOGETHER?” maybe they were simply spotted at the mall – “BILLICK, NOLAN SHOPPING TOGETHER?” I can see how rumors start now.

  7. Ask Trent Dilfer, off the ESPN air, what he really thinks
    of Brian Billick? I think at best Billick gets a chance
    as an offensive coordinator. The NFL has seen to many
    first year coaches in 2008 turn around programs so there
    should be a trend in that direction. Mike Martz may not
    get another chance and he also won a Super Bowl.

  8. hmmmm, Billick & Nolan in Cleveland??? only if the could put up with the garbage from Savage!!! Maybe Detroit??? where the already got rid of their garbage in Millen!!! interesting, good coach & coordinator together!!! good luck fellas!!! GO FINS!!!

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