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Ravens coach Brian Billick has built a reputation for verbosity, among other things, during his nine seasons in Baltimore.

Billick certainly showed another side to the Cleveland media earlier this week.

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On what he has seen from Browns RB Jamal Lewis this season: "He's a strong, powerful running back that can make plays."

Asked whether there is any animosity between Jamal Lewis and the Ravens, Billick said, "None, whatsoever."

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On how Browns QB Derek Anderson has looked this year: "I loved Derek when he was here. He's a good, young man with great potential in this league."

On former Ohio State star and Cleveland native Troy Smith's progress this season: "Like most first-timers."

On why the Ravens decided to keep three quarterbacks: "It was just that the roster cap was set at 53 and that seemed to be the thing to do at the time."

On the injury status of Steve McNair and Jonathan Ogden: "I'll let you know that later on in the day."

On whether he expects Lewis to be more 'fired up' for this game: "That indicates that he's not fired up for other games. I know Jamal is a very competitive person that gets fired up for every game he plays."

On whether he got along with Lewis: "We got along great."

End of interview.

Maybe Billick was trying to even the playing field for the Baltimore media who had just listened to Browns coach Romeo Crennel said virtually nothing as well.

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