Mitchell to start at free safety over Demps

Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick has an aversion to declaring starters. At least, in the traditional sense of the word. His reasoning is based on how he considers a player a starter if they are the first option in any given situation. If, say, a defensive back plays when the offense features three wideouts, two running backs, two tight ends or is called upon in nickel and dime duty, then Billick calls him a starter.
December 6, 2002