Brian Billick Hire Would Be Brilliant Move for Atlanta Falcons and Matt Ryan

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IJanuary 12, 2012

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 11:  Head coach Brian Billick of the Baltimore Ravens directs his team against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Staduim on November 11, 2007 in Baltimore, Maryland. Cincinnati defeated Baltimore 21-7.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Jason La Canfora of is reporting that the Atlanta Falcons are targeting former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick, among several others, to be their offensive coordinator in 2012. 

Hiring Billick would be a brilliant move for the Falcons and Matt Ryan

Many people forget that Billick was considered to be an offensive-minded coach due to the dominant defenses that the Baltimore Ravens featured in his coaching days.

These days, Billick has a cushy broadcasting job, and it seems like those are tough to turn down (see Jon Gruden). The thing is, the Falcons actually have quite the appeal. 

Ryan needs a stabilizing presence in his life and Billick shows the same kind of even-tempered approach we've all seen in "Matty Ice." The two would be a great pair. 

One of the more overlooked aspects of what makes a team great is the ability of players to translate their coaches on the field. The offensive coordinator or head coach—whoever is calling the plays—needs to have an almost mind-meld kind of relationship with their quarterback. 

Ryan and Billick seem like they fit together like ice cream and chocolate syrup. 

Ryan isn't the only toy Billick gets to play with, either. The Falcons have some of the best playmakers in the league at every skill position.

If anyone can redeem the price tag for Julio Jones, it would be Billick. He could design an offense that would utilize the strengths of each of his receivers, much like the one he designed in Baltimore. 

Tony Gonzalez has already said he's not done. He'll be back in 2012, and he is always one of the best at his position.

Michael Turner is one of the best running backs in the league, while Jacquizz Rodgers has rare and unique abilities that need a creative mind like Billick's to figure out how to use him.

The Falcons need to do whatever it takes to convince Billick to coach this talented offense.