POSTED 1:23 p.m. EST, December 31, 2007
Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com reports that the Baltimore Ravens have fired coach Brian Billick.
The move comes despite insistence from Billick that he'd return for a tenth season, and despite a report in the Baltimore Sun citing an unnamed source close to owner Steve Bisciotti that Billick would be back.
We never believed any of it. It was obvious that it was time for a change in Baltimore, and a change has indeed been made.
As the rumor goes, Bisciotti considered firing Billick after the 2005 season, but the owner decided that he couldn't do better with a devil he didn't know. Based on 2007, Bisciotti might have concluded that he can't do much worse.