Ravens hurt twice by questionable reviews

Updated: October 26, 2003, 6:54 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Burned twice by replay calls Sunday, Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick called for the end of instant replay to determine the outcome of questionable calls.

Billick challenged two calls a week ago in a game against Cincinnati, and both calls went against him. He also had two calls go against him Sunday in a 26-6 win over the Denver Broncos.

First, the Broncos successfully challenged an apparent touchdown catch by Baltimore's Todd Heap. Then, Billick challenged a third-quarter call in which the officials ruled Heap dropped the ball.

In the latter case, the Ravens lost a timeout because the call was not overturned.

"I quit. I give up," Billick said. "I've tried to be an advocate for instant replay. I've tried to do the company line. I've said the right things.

"Dump the whole thing. We have spent so much money on this thing and it doesn't work. I've tried.

"League," he said, looking skyward, "I'm sorry. I've tried to hold the line. Dump it. Get rid of the whole damn thing because it doesn't work."

Six days earlier, Billick sounded off against replay after Baltimore receiver Frank Sanders apparently tagged Cincinnati cornerback Tory James after an interception, but referee Johnny Grier ruled otherwise after watching the replay.

"I don't know that Johnny wasn't looking at pictures of his kids in that little booth," Billick said.

"I'm still an advocate of instant replay, but I've long been an advocate of taking it off the field. Let's take it upstairs," Billick said. "With the current system, I've got to expend a timeout, embarrass the officials and throw a red flag out on the field, let him go in and look at God knows what on the Internet, and come out and tell me I didn't get a definitive view to overrule it."


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