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Brian Billick expresses interest in Dolphins gig

Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:36 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 1:26 pm
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By Will Brinson

Brian Billick sounds interested in taking the rock from Stephen Ross.  (Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins coaching search won't be completed until after the season ends, but as expected, the Dolphins will contact all "the big names" before the season ends. At least one of those big names -- Brian Billick -- expressed interest in the position.

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Billick, currently an analyst with FOX and the NFL Network, was asked directly on Thursday if he was interested in the job.

"Yeah," Billick said, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. "The Dolphins are a marquee franchise. But at the end of the day, it’s the structure of what they put together. It has to be a partnership between the head coach, general manager and ownership with a very specific vision.

"The Dolphins are probably a long way from formulating their plans."

Billick also made a couple of interesting points, perhaps as analyst. Or perhaps not. For one, he said it's "a GM's league," stating that in order to be successful in the NFL, you have to have a "marriage" between coach and general manager. Obviously Jeff Ireland is still GM in Miami.

This job, frankly, makes a lot of sense for Billick if he can get along with Ireland.

He's a big enough name to satisfy Stephen Ross' hunger for making news, he's won a Super Bowl before so he's clearly had success and he's an offensive-minded coach, which is what the Dolphins need right now.

There's the presence of Mike Nolan, once Billick's defensive coordinator in Baltimore, on the staff already. Then there's the quarterback situation -- Billick had success with mediocre quarterbacks (Trent Dilfer anyone?) with the Ravens, so it's not inconceivable that either Chad Henne or Matt Moore could be successful under Billick.


But given the likelihood of the Dolphins high pick, Billick could actually get a shot at redemption through developing a quarterbacks of his own. The Kyle Boller experiment made the Hindenburg look like a perfectly executed landing and surely that eats at Billick in terms of how it reflects on his legacy as a coach.

Going to Miami would give him a shot at (potentially) grooming someone like Matt Barkley or Robert Griffin, III.

But he'll have to beat out other candidates to get there, first. Jackson also reports that the Dolphins are contacting or have contacted both CBS Sports analyst Bill Cowher and former Titans coach Jeff Fisher.

Billick said on NFL Network's Total Access Thursday, however, that he has not been contacted. But if he keeps making nice statements about Miami, and the Dolphins don't receive mutual interest from Fisher and Cowher (Fisher said he'll "listen to anyone," while Cowher has repeatedly said he's not returning to coaching), there's a pretty good chance he'll hear from Ross at some point.

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Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Brian Billick expresses interest in Dolphins gig

Billick wants to coach and says he will listen to offers.He's been out a while and hasn't had any offers.Hmmm.



Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 3:19 pm
 

Brian Billick expresses interest in Dolphins gig

When he was the OC in Minnesota (Randy Moss' rookie season) eveyone said he was a true offensive genius.  When he took over in Baltimore, I expected to see them become a top-rated offense.  I remember thinking "wow, with their defense plus Billick's offense, they will be unstoppable for the next decade".  Mmmmm... not so much.  He should remain in the booth, talking about football and making everyone think he's better than he really is.



Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2011 11:44 am
 

Brian Billick expresses interest in Dolphins gig

CoachK61. Watch ur mouth. That's my Ravens your talon about. Besides your clueless like your name is. Coach K, what a joke



Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2011 8:18 am
 

Brian Billick expresses interest in Dolphins gig

Yes, he won a super bowl and has had success in this league, but, I would find it very difficult to watch my 'fins week in and week out because he would make them as boring as the team that he coached and won a super bowl with.  Bring in somebody with some pizzzaz.  Not a retreat and not boring!




Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Brian Billick expresses interest in Dolphins gig

After his time at Baltimore I would have thought he was a defensive minded coach. If he was responsible for the offencse, then I really need to be sold on this.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Brian Billick expresses interest in Dolphins gig

Billick's success was directly attributed to the steller defense, not his "offensive minded" skills. In fact, the offense was often times offensive to watch.



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:19 pm
 

Brian Billick expresses interest in Dolphins gig

Unless Brian Billick brings the 2000 Ravens defense with him to coach the Dolphins next year, I would not make this move. Now if Bill Cowher was to coach in the AFC East, that would be some very interesting games against the Patriots and the Jets.


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Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:47 pm
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Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Brian Billick expresses interest in Dolphins gig

and he's an offensive-minded coach, which is what the Dolphins need right now.
Yes, very offensive minded, I mean sheesh, what did those 2000 Ravens averge each week, probaly at least 10-13 point a game! He wasn't so offensive minded when he didn't have Randy Moss and a peak of his career Dante Culpepper. Poor bastard, Brian Billick. A merely average head coach trying to drum up interest in himself by making believe that a franchise would consider him for head coach. Lets see, if the Dolphins want to win with Billick, they better have him bring along the 2000 Ravens defense! Other than that. no way Billick is taking them anywhere but to the land of mediocrity. Arrogance personified.



Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Brian Billick expresses interest in Dolphins gig

Billick might be able to turn the fortunes around in Miami. He is a darn good coach but he will need to get a good Offensive Coordinator in there to get the offense rolling and Robert Griffen should be his first pick. Barkley will be okay but I don't see him stepping in right away and starting and making any sort of impact on offense. Griffen is your man no doubt.


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