Billick Tires of Offensive Questions

Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick is growing tired of the questions surrounding his days as offensive coordinator with the Vikings. Baltimore has struggled on offense for years.

The Baltimore Ravens have struggled since Anthony Wright has taken over for injured starter Kyle Boller. The offense ranks near the bottom of most league statistics including scoring.

Scoring points was supposed to be the least of the Ravens' worries when they hired Brian Billick as head coach in 1999. He was coming off a decorated season in which he was the coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings' record-setting attack, one that averaged 34.8 points a game.

But Billick has yet to recreate that same scoring magic with the Ravens.

"Good lord, I understand how I got this job and the parameters that went with it," said Billick, who has grown tiresome of questions about his offensive reputation. "What happened previously in Minnesota ... there has been so much time removed from it. That's been the challenge to me: to adapt myself to that.

"If you're asking me if I'd love to go back and have that kind of offensive presence we had in Minnesota, sure I would. But do I want to be the way we were defensively the last couple of years in Minnesota, I kind of like the way we are right now. So you take the good with the bad."

While Billick continues to battle perceptions from his past, offensive coordinator Jim Fassel must confront them regarding his future.

The regression of a traditionally poor offense could hurt Fassel's plan to catapult to an NFL head coaching job.

"I'm not worried about that," Fassel said. "I'm just worried about getting this thing fixed. I'm really am. I have to find a better way to do my job. I don't worry about the other stuff."


The Bengals intercepted five Brett Favre passes, a first for the Green Bay quarterback in 215 regular season games. Cornerback Deltha O'Neal had two, so did rookie linebacker Odell Thurman. Cornerback Tory James had one.

O'Neal leads the NFL with six. Thurman and James each have four. The Bengals have 20 total, and 15 have come against NFC North teams Chicago, Minnesota and Green Bay. The Bengals intercepted Kyle Orton and Daunte Culpepper five teams in games earlier this season. The Bengals are the first team since the 1970 Chiefs to intercept five passes in three games in one season.

Viking Update Top Stories