Billick's clock management skills questioned

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick played defense Monday after his clock management was questioned in a 15-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. <br><br> In the two-minute drill, quarterback Kyle Boller spiked the football to stop the clock after a 23-yard completion to Travis Taylor rather than immediately running another play.

With a first down and possession at the Eagles' 48 and no timeouts left to stop the clock, Boller's spike left 1:18 to go in the game. His next pass was tipped incomplete by defensive end Derrick Burgess before throwing incomplete to Kevin Johnson and then Taylor to end the Ravens' comeback attempt.

"It's all subjective," Billick said. "It's the value of the timeout, the field position and how valuable the down and the yardage are versus the time."

During the Ravens' previous drive before punting, they used a timeout after a completion to Daniel Wilcox. Off-setting penalties wound up wasting 11 more seconds before the two-minute warning. Baltimore's defense stuffed Philadelphia on three plays after Dave Zastudil's punt, but was forced to burn its final timeout with 1:48 left.

"I thought that if I could get the ball back with more than two minutes, we'd have another timeout with the two-minute warning," Billick said. "That would be a better way to go. You want to hold on to the timeout as long as possible, but your first move after a big play is to spike the ball."

ON THE SPOT: Offensive tackle Ethan Brooks is likely to start again in place of Jonathan Ogden (pulled hamstring), and drew praise from Billick.

Baltimore allowed only two sacks, both to defensive end Jevon Kearse as Brooks and right tackle Orlando Brown, who blocked Kearse, played with broken fingers. Billick indicated that Ogden and tight end Todd Heap are likely to be listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

"Ethan Brooks had an outstanding game for us, he really did and is probably going to have to again," Billick said. "With all due respect to Ethan Brooks, I don't know that Ethan's necessarily in line to go to the Hall of Fame yet and that make a difference, too."

TRAINING ROOM: Pro Bowl outside linebacker Peter Boulware remains on the physically unable to perform list, but has been medically cleared to practice. The team will have three weeks to decide whether to activate him or place him on injured reserve.

"Now, it's the matter of getting training camp, the preseason and seven weeks accelerated into as short a period as we can to get Peter up and ready to go," Billick said.

Quarterback Anthony Wright remains on the PUP list after returning to practice last week, but said he's likely to be activated next week.

ROTATION: Rookie wide receiver Clarence Moore caught a career-high three passes for 82 yards, playing roughly 45 snaps.

Moore's presence and the Ravens' maximum protection schemes kept Randy Hymes, the team's leading receiver, off the field, though. A 6-foot-6 sixth-round pick out of Northern Arizona, Moore has leapfrogged higher-touted prospects.

"This kid doesn't blink," Billick said. "As a kid coming out of a small school you keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, saying, 'At some point, this kid is going to hit the wall, shut it down or drop a ball,' and he just keeps going and going."

ELECTION TIME: Ravens kicker Matt Stover, a staunch Republican, predicted four more years in the Oval Office for President George W. Bush.

QUICK HITS: Billick said center Mike Flynn would play against Cleveland, rotating with right guard Bennie Anderson. … Billick praised tight end Darnell Dinkins, who was used extensively as a blocker against the Eagles. "He's an intriguing young man, very physical, good athlete," Billick said.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times and

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