Former Ravens coach Brian Billick has joined the Arizona State staff as an offensive analyst and advisor to head coach Herm Edwards, Demon Sun announced on Monday.
Billick, who coached the Ravens from 1999 to 2007 and won Super Bowl XXXV, will reunite with his former defensive coordinator, Marvin Lewis, who served on the payroll as an assistant especially for Edwards. Billick said in a statement that Arizona State achieved it two weeks ago, when he was coaching the Hula Bowl, an all-college football game.
“I have known Coach Edwards for over 40 years and both Ray Anderson and Marvin Lewis for almost as long,” Billick said in the statement. “I really enjoy reaching out to the players there and helping them highlight their abilities. They offered this opportunity to me, to have a different eye on and appreciate Sun Devil football and I thought the time was right for me to make this move.
“I love what they are doing at ASU. It’s all about structure in the NFL and hopefully that’s what I can put on the table at ASU. My work over the past 12 years in television at Fox and the NFL Network has allowed me to take a step back and see the game from a different perspective. It has broadened my horizons and that is what I bring to this position.”
Edwards said Billick, who was recently an analyst for the NFL Network and has contributed to the Ravens team website, “has built one of the best reputations the NFL has ever known, serving as a coach. head coach, an assistant coach and a respected television analyst. Brian has one of the brightest attacking minds in football today and that’s in particular why I hired him. He will be a valuable resource for our entire coaching staff, and specifically our offensive staff. ”
Edwards, who served as head coach for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs in the 2000s, totaled 25-18 in four seasons at Arizona State. The Sun Devils are having an 8-5 season, including a 6-3 difference in the Pac-12 Conference game.
More titles for the trio
After earning First Team All-Pro title earlier this monthRavens tight finish Mark Andrews, striker Justin Tucker and return pitcher Devin Duvernay were nominated to the All-NFL and All-AFC teams on Monday by the Pro Football Writers of America.
Andrews led all of the NFL’s tight finishes in receptions (107) and dumps (1,361) and set franchise records for picks in both categories. Tucker has made 35 of his 37 goals this season and 32 for 32 extra points. Meanwhile, Duvernay leads the league with 13.9 yards per return.
Tucker has been named an All-NFL by the PFWA for four consecutive seasons. This is the first honor for Andrews and Duvernay.
Former Ravens full-back Matthew Judon was named an All-AFC after a standout first season with the New England Patriots. Former Maryland winger JC Jackson, now star of the Patriots, was also named All-AFC.
Wolfe undergoes surgery
Ravens defensive midfielder Derek Wolfe, who has missed the 2021 season due to back and hip injuries, tweeted Monday that he is “recovering” after undergoing successful hip surgery.
Wolfe, who signed a three-year, $12 million contract, including $8.5 million in security, was injured during a joint practice session in training camp with the Carolina Panthers in August. returned to training briefly in late October but was never activated on the Ravens 53-man roster.
“He’s not in a place where he’s going to be able to compete,” coach John Harbaugh said in mid-November.
In 2020, Wolfe’s first season in Baltimore, he had 51 tackles (six conceded), one net and four quarterbacks in 14 games, eight of which he started.
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