New Orleans • This week could be awkward for Brian Billick, considering how the coach who replaced him in Baltimore John Harbaugh has brought the Ravens to Super Bowl XLVII.
Instead, Billick is viewing himself more as the coach of the Ravens' only championship team to date and less as the guy who was fired after missing the playoffs in 2007. It helped that the nature of questions during an interview session Tuesday with NFL Network analysts for the Super Bowl (Billick works primarily for FOX Sports) focused on that 2000 championship season, particularly Billick's memories of linebacker Ray Lewis.
A former BYU tight end and Utah State assistant coach, Billick coached the Baltimore team that registered four shutouts in 2000. Preparing for a second meeting with Cleveland, the Ravens fully expected to blank the Browns, only to allow a touchdown on the opening drive.