Ravens fire Billick after 5-11 season

Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick looks over plays on the sidelines during the first half of the NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in this Dec. 30, 2007, file photo in Baltimore. Billick was fired as coach of the Ravens on Monday, Dec. 31, 2007, less than a day after his team concluded a disappointing 5-11 season. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Brian Billick was fired as coach of the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, less than a day after his team concluded a disappointing 5-11 season.

Players were told of the dismissal as they packed up their lockers at the team's practice facility.

Billick won the 2001 Super Bowl in his second season with the Ravens, and led the team to a franchise-best 13-3 record in 2006. But Baltimore lost a team-record nine consecutive games this season before ending the skid Sunday with a 27-21 win over Pittsburgh.

Billick's nine seasons with Baltimore was tied for third with Philadelphia's Andy Reid as the third-longest current run with the same team. He took the Ravens to the playoffs in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2006, but Baltimore won only one postseason game since its Super Bowl run after the 2000 season.

The Ravens expected to compete for a world championship this season after bringing back almost every starter from last year's AFC North champions. But injuries and a turnover-prone offense contributed to a complete collapse after a 4-2 start, and Baltimore finished last in the division.

Billick was 80-64 as Baltimore's coach. He was the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings before being coming to the Ravens.

Dolphins fire GM

DAVIE, Fla. -- Bill Parcells' shakeup of the Miami Dolphins began Monday with the firing of general manager Randy Mueller.

Assistant director of player personnel Mike Baugh and college scouting coordinator Rick Thompson also departed.

Also at risk of being fired was coach Cam Cameron, who said he would discuss his future with Parcells this week. On Sunday, the Dolphins became only the eighth team to finish 1-15.

Parcells began work Thursday as executive vice president of football operations.

Mueller was the Dolphins' general manager for three seasons but was in charge of personnel decisions only since coach Nick Saban left a year ago.

Levy resigns as Bills' GM

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Marv Levy, the cerebral coach who led the Buffalo Bills to an unprecedented four straight Super Bowls but couldn't revive a struggling franchise, told the team Monday he would not return as the Bills' general manager.

Bills safety George Wilson said the 82-year-old Levy opened the team's wrap-up meeting with a five-minute speech during which he said he won't return as GM. Wilson said Levy told players he was content with where the Bills are after his two-year tenure as GM.

The Bills finished the season 7-9 after losing Sunday to Philadelphia, 17-9. They failed to make the playoffs for an eighth straight year, the longest drought in franchise history.

-- The Associated Press

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