Transcript: Coach Billick's post-practice news conference

Coach Billick: The man [Deion Sanders] is retired, I've got no clue! Next question!

Question: Would there be any interest if he come out of retirement? Have you had any conversations with him - or anyone on the team talk with him at all?


Billick: The man's retired. Next question.

[ Q: Would there be any interest?


[ Billick: Sure, if he comes out of retirement, yeah, and stand in line. A lot of teams are interested if Deion wants to come out of retirement.

Q: But what if he said he wanted to play for the Ravens?

Billick: A lot of what ifs, brother, a lot of what ifs.

Q: Brian, were you disappointed with practice today?

Billick: No, this was going to be a knock-down, blue-veiner, get-in-their-face, physical [practice]. Now we're in Philadelphia mode, this was the last - pretty much the last - pure physical two-a-day practice. That's in terms of not preparing for an opponent, go one-on-one, beat up on one another and see where we're at. So no, I thought it was a pretty good day.

Q: Where would you say you're at right now?

Billick: We're 1-0, going into our second preseason game. The guys are in pretty good shape, we're fairly healthy and now we've got to continue to get ready for the next opponent.

Q: Brian, are you pleased with the way Lamont [Brightful] has been playing at kick returner?


Billick: No, anytime you put the ball on the ground it's unacceptable. If he can't hold on to the ball, we'll find someone who can.

Q: Should a lot be made about the way the offensive line played the other day and the problems it caused?

Billick: Uh if I say "no," is it going to make a difference?

Q: Probably not.

Billick: Okay.

Q: As far as the offensive line goes though, does something specifically need to be done?


Billick: No, we've got to be better across the board.

Q: Coach, what have you seen out of Kory Chapman?

Billick: Some explosiveness, he's still learning the system but I like some of the things I'm seeing.

Q: A lot's going to be made about this game with Philly because [Terrell Owens] is going to be on the field, Ray [Lewis] is going to be on the field. How do you just push that aside because it is just a preseason game?

Billick: I like Ray Lewis' approach, I don't know why I would mention him in my press conference.

Q: Brian, as a coach and evaluator of talent, any player that was interested in playing after being out of the game - what would you have to see from someone like that?


Billick: My philosophy has always been - and I've changed because I've had some players who have been on the back end of their careers deciding whether they want to play or not - I, like a lot of fans, have the mentality of get out before your time, don't stay too long. But I've changed, having a Cris Carter, having a Warren Moon, having a Rod Woodson, having a Tony Siragusa, having a Shannon Sharpe - make them push you out. Playing is having a love for the game - play until they push you out.

Q: They even pushed Rod Woodson out, any interest in him?

Billick: Rod Woodson is one of my favorite people, you never know how things transpire but I wouldn't preclude our interest in Rod, certainly.

Q: How much has Alan Ricard progressed from when you first got him to where he is now?

Billick: Well, he's a Pro Bowl fullback. I think he's as good as there is in the league, that's quite a way for a free agent guy that came in here and worked his butt off.

Q: Same question for Chad Williams.


Billick: Chad still hasn't said three words, all he does is go out and do his job and everyday you can count on him.