Billick wary of weighing in on Ravens’ draft

Street Talk Billick wary of weighing in on Ravens’ draft

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OWINGS MILLS — After years of being blamed for the Baltimore Ravens’ shaky quarterback situation, Brian Billick declined to take the bait Monday when asked if his former employer should draft Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan.

Four months after being fired by team owner Steve Bisciotti, Billick wasn’t very opinionated on the Ravens’ plans.

"That’s for them to say," Billick said during a conference call to discuss his new assignment as an NFL Network draft analyst. "I think Matt Ryan is a fine quarterback. I think he’ll clearly go in that range. Whether he ends up to be a good quarterback or not, you’re going to have to wait a while for that verdict to come in." 

Billick was much more committal regarding Steve McNair’s surprise retirement, a development that didn’t seem to shock him.

"I thought Steve could come back and perform very well, but it was going to be a matter of whether Steve wanted to commit to those things that were going to have to happen in the offseason," Billick said. "Clearly for Steve, that was the nature of the decision."
 
Billick couldn’t resist delivering a sharp line when asked about joining the media chorus after jousting with reporters for years: "I get to have all the answers and none of the accountability."

NOTE: Offensive guard Jason Brown signed his one-year, $1.47 million restricted tender Monday.
 
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.
 
Photo by Sabina Moran

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors. 

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