Playbook with Brian Billick
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Former NFL head coach and current NFL Network analyst Brian Billick chatted live on Tuesday, Oct. 27, discussing Chad Ochocinco, the Texans' playoff chances and the Week 8 matchup between Denver and Baltimore.
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Brian Billick, NFL NetworkHi everyone. Glad to be with you. I'm a bit short on time today, so we'll get to as many questions as we can. Let's get started.
David, Mexico D.F.
7:19 PM EThello brian what do you think of broncos vs ravens game, can the broncos get the victory and move to 7-0?
Brian Billick, NFL NetworkI think this is one of the great matchups in teh league this weekend. Certainly, coming into Baltimore, and beating the Ravens, will be a tall task. Coming East for teams from the West has been a bit of a problem, on top of the fact that M&T Bank Stadium is a tough place to compete. But the Ravens have some issues of their own, particularly in the secondary, that Denver may have an opportunity to exploit.
CJ, London, England
7:20 PM ETHey Coach, You will presumably know Coach Lewis in Cincy as a friend. Is there one thing this year you can point to where Marvin has done a great job to get the Bengals winning ? Was it hiring Coach Zim, or is that too easy ? best wishes from the UK CJ London
Brian Billick, NFL NetworkMarvin has done an oustanding job this year in Cincy. Unlike in 2005, their last playoff appearance, where it was primarly an offensive team, his defense this year is playing very well. They seem to have balance across the board -- offensive and defense. I think they have all the elements to take this thing down to the wire in the AFC North.
Kellen, St Louis, MO
7:22 PM ETMatt Schaub after week 7 now leads in yards thrown and TDs, do you see the Texans challenging the Colts this year for the AFC South and make get the Texans to the playoffs?
Brian Billick, NFL NetworkHaving just done the Texans' game, I came away very impressed with their personnel. The combo of Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels and Steve Slaton, to go with Schaub, is as good a quartet as there is in the league. On defense, with Williams and Smith on the edges and some emerging LBs with Ryans and Cushing, and then a solid CB in Robinson, it makes them a very legit playoff threat. I'm not sure, however, barring an injury to Payton Manning, they can catch the Colts. They'll have to get in via the wildcard.
Brandon B., Pensacola, FL
7:23 PM ETAre the Seahawks doomed for a long rebuilding process? Matt H. Looks like his best years are behind him, the defense looks plain horrible. Can anything turn this around. Or is the change of guard going to take awhile.
Brian Billick, NFL NetworkSeattle is in a difficult spot, for all the reasons you just mentioned. Injuries appear to be their biggest obstackle. With injuries not only to the defensive side of the ball, but also the rotating lineup they've had on the line. I think Hasselbeck has some productive years left, but clearly a young and up-and-coming QB may be what needs to be developed there.
Karzai, Los Angeles
7:25 PM ETHey Coach Billick. You called Sundays game between the 49ers and Texans. You saw Alex Smith almost pull off a miracle 2nd half comeback. Can he resurrect the 49ers and take them to the playoffs? Thanks!
Brian Billick, NFL NetworkIt was fun to watch Alex Smith get the opportunity to get himself back into the offense. he did show he can play this game. He may have that potential, with the addition of players like Crabtree and the emergence of Vernon Davis, to do it for the 49ers, but I think they have to commit to a more wide-open offense more than they've been willing to do.
7:26 PM ETWhat's up with SF??? Their D was top notch the first couple weeks and the last two weeks it's looked like pudding. What's going on over there?
Brian Billick, NFL NetworkWell, I think you have to keep in mind the 49ers have played a couple good teams in the Falcons and Texans. As we said earlier, Schaub is playing as well as any qB in the league, and I think the 49ers defense has played well. The difficulty is the consistency on offense. Hopefully the return of Gore and the spark by Smith, they can develop some offensive punch.
Michael, New Mexico
7:28 PM ETWhat do the packers have to do to beat the Vikings?
Brian Billick, NFL NetworkThe Packers are an interesting team. On my broadcast last weekend, I talked about the Fox Tox Rating, which basically takes the differential in turnovers, and combines it with the differntial in explosive plays, to give the offense a rating. The top three teams in that area are the Saints, Colts and Packers. If Green Bay can find a way to better protect Rogers, I think they can be surprise team in the league. The fact that they're playing the Vikings at home, should be the perfect venue for them to challenge the Vikings for the NFC North.
7:29 PM ETAre the bronco's for real?
Brian Billick, NFL NetworkI think with a 6-0 start, there's no question theyre for real. Not sure they can go 16-0, but not really sure anyone is. They will be challenged the rest of the way, but they've stepped up to every challenge they've met, including beating San Deigo on the road and Dallas at home. if they can go on the road to Baltimore and win this weekned, that should erase any and all doubt.
Bobby, Hamilton, Ohio
7:31 PM ETAre you surprised to see that Cedric Benson is leading the Nfl in rushing this year?"
Brian Billick, NFL NetworkNo one has quesioned his abilities since he came out of Texas. He was highly-ranked, and highly thought of. For whatever reason, that hasn't materialized until this year. It's a surprise that it's taken this long, but not that he has this ability.
Bobby, Hamilton, Ohio
7:32 PM ETHey Coach are you a OchoCinco fan and do you think he brings plenty of entertainment to the NFL?
Brian Billick, NFL NetworkI think Chad is a tremendous talent, and one of the best WRs I've seen play. I just wish he would give up on his selfish, diva ways and recognize that he's hurting his team wiht his antics. If he ever decides to grow up and become a professional, he can become one of the greatest receivers in the game.
Joe, Madoc, ON
7:33 PM ETEvening Coach. Do you think the Vikings are really as good as their record? I mean they are a lucky catch and a missed FG away from being 4-3.
Brian Billick, NFL NetworkWell, you can say that about all the teams that are playing well right now b/c it's a tight margin for victory in this league. I do think they're for real. But they'll be challenged by a lot of good teams, including Green Bay this week. I think the NFC will go down to the final weekend for playoff spots and seeding. The Vikings are going to be a part of all that.
7:34 PM ETWHICH IS THE BEST OFFENSIVE LINE IN THE NFL?
Brian Billick, NFL NetworkHi Phil. I think there are a few playing very well right now. But I would put the Giants, who are very physical, the Cardinals, who have proved to be solid and the Saints might be playing the best in the league right now.
Brian Billick, NFL NetworkHi everyone. Sorry for the abbreviated chat today, I'm running short on time. But thanks for checking in, and I enjoyed talking some football with you. I'll be back next week and will have more time to chat. Enjoy Week 8.
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