When I spoke with former Ravens coach Brian Billick two months ago, he expressed a desire to return to coaching if it was "the right situation with the right partnership." With so many NFL head coaching gigs potentially opening up after the season -- as many as 11 by my count -- you have to think Billick will garner interest, and that he'll take a long, hard look at returning to the NFL.
The Cowboys, the Vikings, the Broncos and the 49ers fired their head coaches during the season and are currently being piloted by interim coaches. Jason Garrett and Leslie Frazier are expected to stick in Dallas and Minnesota, respectively. The others are just keeping the headset warm.
In addition to those current vacancies, embattled head coaches could get canned by the Bengals, the Browns, the Dolphins, the Giants, the Panthers, the Titans and the Texans.
Who knows what Billick deems to be the "right situation," but there are some intriguing possibilities on the board for the Super Bowl-winning coach. What if he landed a job with the Bengals or the Browns and faced the Ravens twice a year? Or what about another chance to validate that "offensive genius" label with all that firepower down in Houston? How about New York, where his intelligence and candor would make him a media darling and an excellent foil for Rex Ryan?
What do you think? Do you think Billick will be back in 2011, and where is the best fit for him?