So what now?
With Brian Billick gone, the repercussions throughout the Ravens' locker room probably will be enormous. But of all the players who might be affected, none is as vulnerable as quarterback Kyle Boller.
Boller was clearly Billick's guy. The former first-round draft pick fit the profile Billick preferred: big, athletic, strong-armed. But Boller never performed with the consistency that would convince anyone that he was starting timber in the NFL.
While it's impossible to tell how a new coach will evaluate the quarterbacks on the roster and those available in free agency or in the draft, the end of Billick's time in Baltimore probably means the same fate awaits Boller.