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Fox’s Billick not worried about Packers

October 1, 2010 by  
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Oct 1, 2010 ~ by Bob Wolfley

~Former coach Brian Billick of Fox Sports, who called three Packers games for his network last season, will be on the call Sunday when Green Bay plays the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.

Before this season, when Jim Mora Jr. joined Fox, Billick and ESPN’s Jon Gruden were the only coaches working regularly as network analysts on National Football League game telecasts since John Madden retired.

Billick acknowledged that the loss of running back Ryan Grant is significant and that the Packers' running game is an area of concern.

Both Billick and Gruden are excellent analysts, capable of easily decoding what’s happening in a game and sharing that with viewers. Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that engaging game analysis is coming from first-rate former coaches whose teams won Super Bowls.

In a telephone interview Thursday, Billick said he considered the Packers a “good football team” even though they were a team doomed by too many penalties and the special teams’ snafus in the game Monday night against the Chicago Bears. Billick said he considers Green Bay a better team than the Bears, but on Monday night they were not.

“It appeared to me Green Bay could move the ball at will,” Billick said.

When asked what he would do after his team committed 18 penalties to assure it wouldn’t happen the next game, Billick said, laughing: “Maybe I’d use a cattle prod.”

Billick considers Mike McCarthy one of the most “focused and detail-oriented coaches around” and does not think Green Bay’s penalty problems are a sign of an undisciplined team.

“I admire Aaron Rodgers, Dom Capers and Mike McCarthy,” Billick said. “Clay Matthews. What a pleasure it is to watch that young man.”

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