The Baltimore Ravens have extended the contract of coach Brian Billick, less than a week after their exit from the National Football League playoffs.
Despite their defeat the 52 year old still had reason to view his eighth season in charge as a success.
He guided the Ravens to a franchise-best 13-3 record, the AFC North Division title and a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs.
But despite boasting the NFL's top-ranked defense and former Most Valuable Player Steve McNair at quarterback, the Ravens stumbled in their divisional round match up with the Indianapolis Colts, failing to score a touchdown in a 15-6 home loss Saturday.
Billick though was positive about the future.
"We have fewer unanswered questions going forward than any time since I've been here with regard to our personnel, our quarterbacking situation, the direction of the offense, the personnel that will be staffing it," he said.
"There are a lot of things to be optimistic about, and I'm excited about it going forward."
Offence still remains the area of most concern in the Ravens lineup.
Thanks to McNair and a rejuvenated Jamal Lewis at running back, the Ravens ranked 17th in total offence and 12th in scoring this past season.
But Baltimore was woeful offensively in each of the prior three seasons, failing to crack the top 20 in total yardage.