Ravens fire Billick

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- A day after completing a 5-11 season, the Baltimore Ravens have fired head coach Brian Billick.

Players were told of the dismissal as they packed up their lockers at the team's practice facility.

Billick compiled an 80-and-64 record in nine seasons on the job, winning a Super Bowl in January 2001.

Last year, he led the team to a franchise best 13-and-3 mark, but this season the Ravens lost a franchise-record nine consecutive games before ending the skid with yesterday's 27-21 win over Pittsburgh.

Billick's nine seasons with Baltimore tied him with Philadelphia's Andy Reid and the third-longest current tenure with the same team.

He led the team to the playoffs in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2006, but Baltimore won only one postseason game since its Super Bowl run after the 2000 season.

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