Had Baltimore not ditched Trent Dilfer for Elvis Grbac, they might’ve been the first dynasty of the new millenium. Just ask Trent Dilfer. From the Baltimore Sun’s Jamison Hansley.
Six years removed from being the Ravens’ Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Trent Dilfer is more emotional about the events that followed the victory.
“He grossly misunderstood the talent of that football team, myself specifically,” said Dilfer, who is working for the NFL Network at this year’s Super Bowl. “I totally agree with so many things he did. But to this day, I am so sad I didn’t have the chance to face the challenge of repeating.”
Dilfer was highly complimentary in regard to Billick’s handling of the leaders and personalities of the Ravens’ Super Bowl team, but he is still steaming about being the first quarterback in NFL history to win the Super Bowl and lose his job before the next season.
Since winning the Super Bowl, Dilfer said he has not had a substantial conversation with Billick.
Dilfer said he has spoken with former teammates Rod Woodson, Shannon Sharpe and Brandon Stokley, all of whom said they wished he could have returned as quarterback.
“Those guys will go to their graves swearing to God that we would have won two, three Super Bowls if they would have kept me,” Dilfer said. “I’m not going to say that; I have no idea. But I sure would have liked the chance to face the challenge. I would have loved that opportunity.”
Dilfer’s name has become a popular one at this Super Bowl, but it’s not been used in a positive light.
The national media are labeling Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman as one of the worst quarterbacks to reach the Super Bowl, a group that often includes Dilfer. In fact, Grossman is trying to become the first quarterback not rated among the top 10 passers to win an NFL title since Dilfer.
Asked whether he could relate to how Grossman has been repeatedly beaten up by the Super Bowl media corps, Dilfer said: “Yeah, I lived it. The difference is I didn’t listen to it as much. Listening to him talk, he obviously hears it.”
Meanwhile, Grossman himself proved to be something less than a master of public relations, telling the Chicago Sun-Times’ Roman Modorowski, “”To me, you’re just trying to sell papers. It doesn’t matter. It’s frustrating when some of you guys don’t put too much thought into it and you’re just trying to go off the fans’ reaction or you don’t know much about what we’re doing on offense. Just realizing how ignorant some of you guys are — and I don’t mean that necessarily in a bad way. I mean, like just understanding that you may not be correct and accepting that fact and not paying attention to it much.”
”He’s right, there are a lot of people in the media who give very little thought to their product, whichever medium it is,” WMVP-AM host Dan McNeil said. ”But he put very little thought into trying to call his second [consecutive] timeout against Seattle a few weeks ago.”
”It’s understandable because he’s been taking a beating all season,” WSCR-AM (670) host Mike North said. ”But why say it now when everybody is backing him? And I didn’t know the subtleties of the offense called for a 1.3 passer rating.’‘