Brian Billick on D&C: Tom Brady deserves MVP
|12.23.10 at 7:53 am ET|
Fox Sports NFL analyst Brian Billick made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning, joining guest hosts Bob Ryan and Chris Mannix to talk about the Patriots and news from around the league. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Billick, who formerly coached the Ravens, was asked about Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs‘ proclamation that he was leaving Tom Brady off his Pro Bowl ballot. Said Billick: “I hate it when the players use something like this, because I think it discredits the rest of those that are deservingly, obviously. in the Pro Bowl. You understand the back and forth; they’ve been battling each other all year long and it’s kind of amusing. But I really do hate to see it come out in this way, because that is something that is important to players.”
Billick said Brady is his MVP pick, because of how critical he is to the Patriots. “I’m not sure New England without Tom Brady is a playoff-caliber team,” he said. “That’s the difference-maker for me.”
Turning to the Jets and their recent struggles, Billick said oft-criticized quarterback Mark Sanchez isn’t the key reason for the drop-off. Rather, it’s the defense not being as dominant as it was through the first half of the season.
“I think the surprise is defensively,” he said. “They’re still very good, make no mistake. They seem to be having trouble putting pressure on the quarterback with a standard four-man front. Now, Rex [Ryan] has a remedy for that now. He’s going to bring guys in a very creative way. They’re going to bring pressure. And they’ve got the back end that can write those checks and match up man for man. But their lack of ability to put pressure on you with just a four-man front I think is probably the biggest Achilles’ heel I see right now.”
Looking at Ryan’s issues with foot-fetish videos apparently featuring his wife that surfaced this week, Billick said it could be a big problem for the team. Said Billick: “Particularly this time of year, every second, every minute you’re not focused on your opponent, you leave yourself vulnerable. ‘¦ For Rex and [wife] Mickey to have to deal with this, it’s unfortunate. It is an invasion of privacy, in my opinion. But that’s the world we live in right now. They’ll rally around it and they’ll hold it at arm’s length and say it’s not something that’s going to affect them. But as I said, every second you’re not focused on your opponent is an advantage for your opponent.”