Fox NFL analyst and former Ravens coach Brian Billick checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the upcoming NFL playoffs.
Billick was asked if the Patriots have lost some of their mystique with their slip-ups this season. "There's certainly a healthy respect, but when you play the way the Patriots have ... the mystique is not a persona that can be maintained without production," Billick said. "You can't help but have more confidence in your ability to beat this Patriots team."
Billick said the Ravens, New England's first-round opponent, are "an extremely dangerous team with their balance," but there are weaknesses. "Keep in mind now that the Baltimore defense has some issues as well," Billick said, specifically noting the loss of defensive back Ladarius Webb (torn ACL). "They have a difficult time putting pressure on the quarterback without putting on some blitzes," and that leaves the secondary "a little more vulnerable."
The Jets are a scary team in the postseason, Billick said. "They lead the league in defense, and they lead the league in running the ball. That's a lethal combination." However, he cautioned: "Would I favor them? No, because I think San Diego's the best team in the league now."
Billick said he was interested in returning to coaching — "If something presents itself going forward, that would be exciting," he said — but said he was comfortable remaining as an analyst if the right job does not present itself.
The offensive coordinator for Minnesota in 1998, when Randy Moss was a Vikings rookie, Billick remains a fan of the Patriots receiver. "Watching Randy through his career, I'll take all the Randy Mosses you want to give me. Unbelievable talent. Hugely competitive. And I think like a lot of young men, we've seen a maturity and a growth in Randy Moss in the way that he's become a professional," Billick said, adding, "There are very few players that dictate the defense that's being played. Randy Moss is one of those guys."
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