FOX does a lot of things wrong with their NFL coverage. Brian Billick is their biggest mistake and he’s gotten progressively worse since I first heard him in 2008. I don’t understand the praise this guy gets because oh my god he is not only dull but he says some stupid stuff throughout the course of the game. The Saints game yesterday might have been the tipping point. I’m going to have to use bullets for this to explain why I think he sucks and has to be dragged out of the broadcasting booth…dead or alive.
- He picks a word and falls in love with it. Last year he picked “verbiage” and repeated it throughout the broadcast during Seahawks @ 49ers. Later that year when Seattle played Arizona he added “sugar huddle” to his stock set of phrases. Yesterday he picked “envelop” to describe how Mike Williams and Marques Colston catch the ball. I honestly wonder if he learns certain words the night before a game and then just decides to run with it in his commentary.
- Mispronunciations and all-around botching of player names. “Kurt Leinart”, “Karlos Dansbury”, “Matt HasselBACK”, “Josh Grant” (Deon Grant), “Ray Wiliams” (Ray Willis), etc. Most of these guys were in the league when Billick was still head coach. Heck, shouldn’t there be a player chart in the booth already? How does Billick mess this up over and over again?
- Utter lack of knowledge of the rules. Last week in the Cardinals game Derek Anderson stupidly sacked himself near the sidelines instead of throwing the ball away and preserving the field goal position. Billick proceeded to say that Anderson was smart for not throwing it away and risking intentional grounding. Now it totally makes sense as to why Kyle Boller busted in the NFL. AS LONG AS THE QB IS OUTSIDE THE POCKET AND THROWS BEYOND THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE THERE IS NO INTENTIONAL GROUNDING!!!!!!! Goodness Billick.
- Comments that make you go “WTF?”. Below is a sampling of Billick’s worst…
“Can three teams get in from the NFC South? Not likely. It’s been a while. Especially from the NFC South.”
“Kick us touchdowns.”
“And that knocks Seattle out of field goal range.” (How is the NEW ORLEANS 33 yard line out of field goal range? Especially since it’s in a dome!!!!)
“This is good for Seattle. They have plenty of time to score.” (This is the comment that irked me. The Seahawks were at the 1 with over 2:00 to go and the Saints had called a timeout. Not only did Billick call it good for Seattle despite the two minute warning, available timeouts, and the fact that they were at the ONE YARD LINE, he declared the Saints to have “great arrogance to call timeout”.)
I’m tired of listening to him and the painfully boring and just as mistake-prone Thom Brennaman. How is it that FOX’s top 3 NFL play-by-play guys are all sons of far superior broadcasters?
Please fire Billick. He is a horrible analyst who adds nothing to the broadcast other than nonsense. With Brad Childress out as Vikings head coach hopefully he decides he’s better at coaching and gets the Minnesota job. Anything to get this buffoon off the broadcasting airwaves.