Report: Billick told at meeting he will return as coach

12/13/2007 - NFL Baltimore Ravens

According to a source with knowledge of the Baltimore Ravens' decision-making, team owner Steve Bisciotti has told coach Brian Billick he will return next season, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The Ravens (4-9) have lost seven straight games, plummeting out of playoff contention and raising questions about Billick's job security. But the source said Billick was told he will return in a meeting with Bisciotti, team president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome, the source said, according to the report.

What's more, Bisciotti does not blame Billick for the team's poor play, according to the report.

"The Ravens are not naive," the source said, according to The Sun. "Everyone has seen the injuries and the quarterback play."

On Tuesday, Billick said he expected to return as coach in 2008.

Bisciotti has not publicly stated that Billick will return, as he has a policy of not speaking to the media until the season ends.

Billick, who is under contract through 2010, has a 84-65 record as the Ravens' head coach. He agreed to a four-year contract extension after Baltimore's 13-3 season in 2006. He also led the Ravens to a victory in Super Bowl XXXV over the New York Giants.

Baltimore visits the winless Miami Dolphins this Sunday.