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Brian Billick: In his words

"Why would that be? This is theNational Football League, whatevertheir circumstances are. A loss is a loss."-- December 2007, when asked if losing to thepreviously winless Miami Dolphins was tougher thanother losses

"I'm going to be back. Now, once theseason's over, we'll see what happenswith regards to [the players], my staff,myself and all those other things. Butright now, you only have the one mindset."-- December 2007 (with three weeks left in theseason), on whether he would return as coach

"I'm asking our fans to takea little leap of faith with mehere and kind of give methe benefit of the doubt thatI kind of know what I'mdoing, that we could be ingood shape. Anybody thathas size, strength,precision, is a gooddecision-maker and isintelligent, I think I can finda system to utilize that."-- February 1999, before the Ravensacquired quarterback Scott Mitchell

"As much as some of youwant to, we are not going toretry this. It's inappropriate,and you're not qualified."-- January 2001, to a crowd ofmore than 200 reporters inresponse to repeated questionsabout linebacker Ray Lewis'double-murder trial six daysbefore the Super Bowl

"All our game planning is via aslide presentation withPowerPoint that everybusinessman in America useswith his presentations,because anything with color,movement and actionheightens the learning curve. Ifyou think you can stand up infront of these guys with the oldchalkboard or a black-and-whiteoverlay, you can forgetit. This is the MTV generation."-- January 1999, after being hired asRavens coach

"I am not sure I have keptthe focus of prioritiesproperly for this team."-- December 2005, in the midst of alosing season for a team that hadSuper Bowl expectations

"Anybody want to ask mewho my quarterback isnext week?"-- November 2001, after the embattledGrbac rallied the Ravens toa victory over the JacksonvilleJaguars with a touchdown pass inthe final seconds

"I think the experiencein Kansas City and heremay have very welltaken a toll. I know fansand media don't think ofit this way, but you canwear a soul out.Particularly, whenyou've got a prioritysystem and have otherthings going on in hislife, there is a part of youthat has to say, 'Whywould I expose myself tothat again?' "-- March 2002, on quarterbackElvis Grbac announcing hisretirement after one seasonwith the Ravens

"You have to be very carefulabout inhibiting the passion forthis game in an arbitrary way.I've got a very diverse group ofplayers economically, socially,racially, geographically, with anumber of differentupbringings. For me todetermine that one set ofactions versus another basedon my limited perspective inthe way that I grew up or theway that I've conducted myself,you've got to be very carefulabout [that]."-- October 2005, after the Ravenscommitted 21 penalties, including threefor unsportsmanlike conduct, in a loss tothe Detroit Lions

"I really don't have ananswer for you right now.We have to go back andanalyze it and see if wecan come up with abetter answer than whatwe've come up withpreviously."-- November 2007, after theRavens' listless, 21-7 loss athome to the Cincinnati Bengals

"I have the podium, andyou all are here to listento me. Next question."-- January 2001, responding to areporter asking how he could tellthe media how to do its job inregard to Lewis during SuperBowl week

"The word ego, in its purestdefinition, is wanting todistinguish yourself from others.That's not particularly negative. Ihave a big ego because I strive todistinguish myself from others inthe way I carry myself and do myjob. If that carries over into beingself-centered, self-absorbed,then I've taken it too far. I hopeI'm not those things. If arroganceis someone who is confident inhimself, confident in the peoplearound him and wantinganybody who is working with himto carry that same confidence,then I'm arrogant."-- January 2001

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