OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Ravens coach Brian Billick accused the
New York Jets of using an "illegal" ploy to draw Baltimore
offside during Sunday's game.
Billick said Monday that the Jets' defense shouted out signals
to intentionally throw off the Baltimore offense. Billick claimed
the tactic led to the three illegal procedure penalties against the
"They did an outstanding job. I credit the New York Jets. Their
defensive line and linebackers did a very, very effective job of
illegally simulating the snap count," Billick said. "They did it
the whole game long. It needs to be caught."
"That's not an excuse by any stretch of the imagination. But it
is illegal," Billick said. "Our guys have to deal with it. I
don't know how to help my linemen with that because, you're in the
heat of battle and you're calling the snap count, and the guy
across from you is also calling a snap count -- which is illegal."
The Ravens won the game 20-13. Baltimore took a 20-3 lead into
the fourth quarter but nearly wilted under a comeback by the Jets,
who benefited from four fourth-quarter penalties against Baltimore.
For the game, New York received two penalties for 10 yards and
the Ravens were penalized 11 times for 100 yards.
"You have to look at the nature of the penalties. First off,
the fact that we had 11 penalties and they only had two and we
dominated the game," Billick said. "I have a hard time
understanding that the team that was playing so well and dominating
had so many penalties and the other team had only two."