Now that Steve Bisicotti has made his stamp on the team, establishing that he is indeed the football boss in Baltimore, where do they go next? The "who" has a lot of candidates. Names being thrown around in the short 24 hours since the release of Brian Billick are endless. There are established NFL head coaches, college coaches, qualified assistants, and several others. I am not as concerned with the "who" as much as I am concerned with the "what".
What do we want in a head coach? More importantly what do we need? Do we need another so-called offensive guru, such as Jason Garrett (Cowboys) and Josh McDaniels (Patriots)? Do we need the established NFL leader like Bill Cowher or Marty Schottenheimer? Do we go to the college ranks? Pee Wee? High School? Just kidding.
What is it we need in a head coach? We need a motivator, we need someone that can come into the existing system and succeed. This team was built around two things, running the ball and defense. The offensive line are best at opening holes for the run, not pass blocking. The problem Billick had was trying to change that. I will not rehash things I have already written, but in order to make the Baltimore Ravens suddenly become the New England Patriots, or the recent St. Louis Rams would require and entire offensive personnel change. There is no Randy Moss in Baltimore. There is no Tom Brady here.
Baltimore has a pretty good Running back, and a decent one waiting in the wings if Cory Ross was his real self against the Steelers. Troy Smith has shown constant improvement in the three games he has played (ratings: 58.5, 77.7, 90.2), but again he is not Tom Brady, he is Troy Smith. But he has shown the confidence and poise that is needed in the NFL.
Do we want a head coach that is going to come in and totally change the face of the team? I want a head coach that can take what is there and make it better. I like the smash mouth pressuring defense. I like the grind it out clock eating running game. No more offensive genius' please.