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Looks like Cam Cameron will return to Ravens

Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:14 pm
 
CameronBy Josh Katzowitz

If a Ravens fan happened to be informed that one of the team’s coordinators would be fired from Baltimore before next season, that fan probably would have begun to rejoice that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron finally would move on somewhere else.

Unfortunately for those fans who wish Cameron would pack his belongings and go, the assistant coach to leave is defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, who was hired Wednesday to take over in Indianapolis. Even worse news for those Ravens fans: despite reports that John Harbaugh might replace Cameron, the Baltimore Sun says the opposite is true.

Apparently, Cameron has begun calling his offensive assistants to give them their instructions for the next several weeks, most likely a sign that Cameron isn’t going anywhere.

Writes columnist Mike Preston: “Neither Cameron nor Ravens head coach John Harbaugh returned phone calls Wednesday night, but the source was confident that Cameron would serve in the same capacity with the only stipulation the Ravens hire a quarterbacks coach. Cameron served in both roles last season.”

NFL film-watching guru Greg Cosell recently said that the Ravens look like an offense imported from the 1960s and that their receiving corps was the worst in the league at getting open vs. man coverage.

"They don't do a lot to help their receivers win versus man," Cosell said. "I'm not going to defend [Joe] Flacco, but I think it's very difficult to … it seemed that last week [against the Houston Texans] the route tree was a go route and a screen. … Every play, there was one receiver to the right, and one receiver to the left, often two backs or two tight ends, and that was every play, it seemed."

While the Ravens defense was the biggest reason Baltimore earned a No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs this season, the offense was a little better than you might think. According to Football Outsiders, the Ravens were the 13th-most efficient offense in the league, and behind Ray Rice and Vonta Leach, Baltimore was the 10th-best running team.

But Cameron’s play-calling came under fire when he repeatedly overused the passing game, especially when the fourth quarter was winding down and the Ravens were leading a ballgame.

It even led Ray Rice to say this midway through the season: "I'm never going to be the guy that talks about touches, but obviously we know five carries is not going to cut it. I know five carries is not going to do us any justice, but we found ourselves so deep in the situation that we had to climb our way out. We were looking for answers. Whether it was running or passing, we have to find our way out of a situation."

Still, the passing game under Flacco suffered (19th in the NFL), and there was said to be tension between the quarterback and the offensive coordinator. Which means 2012 could be awfully interesting. And for some Ravens fans, possibly infuriating.

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Comments

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:14 pm
 

Looks like Cam Cameron will return to Ravens

13-4 and 2nd seed in AFC is what 27 other teams would have loved for themselves
Dude, that has little to do with Scam Newton.
I meant to say, Scam Cameron.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:12 pm
 

Looks like Cam Cameron will return to Ravens

13-4 and 2nd seed in AFC is what 27 other teams would have loved for themselves
Dude, that has little to do with Scam Newton.



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:39 am
 

Looks like Cam Cameron will return to Ravens

Nobody said anything about blaming cam for the four losses. 

The point here is that in the 2011 *season*, the Ravens scored over 24 pts only 6 times (just over 23 ppg season average), but they held opposing offenses to *20* or less 11 times.  Look at the Jets - EXACT 23.6 ppg average - they finish 8-8 and out of the playoffs.  That's because their defense gave up and average of just under 23 and yours just over 16.   Sorry, but you have an offense that's playing not to lose.  If you keep this offense the way it is and the defense slips just a little, you'll go from your coveted 13-4 to 8-8 in a heartbeat.

Today's NFL is based on burning up the scoreboard - if you can't do that on a reasonably regular basis, you watch the superbowl from the sidelines - simple.  So bang your drums for Cam all you want, but that 13-4 record has little to do with his side of the ball.  Even the first game of the season - most of those inflated points were from 7 defensive turnovers!



Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:20 am
 

Looks like Cam Cameron will return to Ravens

You Cam bi-chers make me sick.  You dont know ANYTHING about football except what you see and hear on TV from your bar stool or sofa.  Get a clue.  Adjustments in 2nd half of games WON them.  Cam MADE adjustments to defenses he was playing.  13-4 and 2nd seed in AFC is what 27 other teams would have loved for themselves.  You jerks who want Brady ball or Packer ball are @$$holes.



Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:13 am
 

Looks like Cam Cameron will return to Ravens

Ravens season= 13-4   Yeah, blame Cam for the 4 losses ,idiots.  #2 seed in AFC!      Stop the bi-ching!!



Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:09 am
 

Looks like Cam Cameron will return to Ravens

There are a certain percentage of ALL fans that gripe about anything and anything. They are the minority.  I am relieved Cam is still running the offense.  He wasnt the one not blocking for Flacco, he wasnt the one dropping key passes.  His system works with the right people around.  get a grip and stop bi-ching.  Ravens were a dropped endzone pass away from the SB.



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:52 am
 

Looks like Cam Cameron will return to Ravens

I don't want to hear any of this from Ravens fans.  Most were *ecstatic* on this site when he was hired away from the Dolphins as your OC.  I said at the time that if you can win games by being content scoring 20 pts he's your man, otherwise you'll be playing for field goals.  Cam will never put in game plans that plays to all the strenghts of an offense equally, nor will he construct an offense that is effective in the red zone.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 8:18 am
 

Looks like Cam Cameron will return to Ravens

cant assess whether Cameron is simply a stubborn control freak who insists on running all aspects of the show, or if he simply sees Flacco as a "lunkhead" who's incapable of leading the team or running the offense. 
Yup. That's the crux of the problem, is Flacco making Cam look bad because he's incapable of doing anything else, or is Cam holding Flacco down with bland, unimaginative offense?  Weird problem, but it would seem that Harbaugh should quickly assess what the issue is and do something to fix, whether it's moving on from Flacco or Cam. it would seem that sticking with the staus quo will just bring more of the same.



Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:45 am
 

Looks like Cam Cameron will return to Ravens

To any true Ravens fan or follower this has to be interpreted as a loss.  In response to the previous comments, Im not certain if Flacco can ever rise to the level of an elite QB or not, but I am CERTAIN it will not happen WITH or under Cameron.  I cant assess whether Cameron is simply a stubborn control freak who insists on running all aspects of the show, or if he simply sees Flacco as a "lunkhead" who's incapable of leading the team or running the offense.  Either way, its painfully evident that the Ravens are woefully unable to regularly generate a consistent offense.  Why?  A great part of it is because we do not ADJUST.  Our offensive strategy seems "locked" in place, unable to improvise, and almost defiantly stubborn.  I recall Leron McClain (now with KC) commenting in 2010 on local talk radio... he said that Flacco was the ONLY 3rd year or better QB in the league that never called his own plays, and that he had NEVER once seen entrusted to audibilize.  That condition persists to this day.  Brees, Brady, Rodgers, Roethlisberger, both Mannings, Stafford, Rivers....they ALL read and react at the line. They audibilize, change the snap count, change formations, vary tempo, and respond to the individual situation.  Flacco and the Ravens do NOT and never have.  There is no opposing coach or QB in the league that doesnt realize that if we trail late or big we can seldom respond, will often rattle, and are ill prepared to cope.  Whether the fault lies in Cameron, Flacco or both is hard to determine...but together they are toxic for an offense.  As a fan and a knowledgable football follower its baffling & frustrating.  I can only imagine that for the likes of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and the members of a very solid defense that keeps us in every game only to often pull up short, it must be excruciating!




Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:03 am
 

Looks like Cam Cameron will return to Ravens

Cosell has turned into a blind senile idiot these days. I saw plenty of WRs running open but Flacco can never find or hit them. Hell, the announcers commented on the receivers being wide open and the replays showed this. Flacco just sucks. That was his best all time playoff game and a total fluke, usually he doesn't even do that much.

I remember when they first got Boldin from Arizona and tried to be a decent passing offense. Flacco would just blatantly ignore him, I thought for sure there must be serious issues between the two, but Boldin is still there and Flacco still sucks no matter how many WRs they get.

Peyton Manning is probably going to get cut, if the Ravens get him you will see the difference, it will be night and day. A lot of OCs look like crap with a shitty QB. Isn't Cameron's system the same one Drew Brees put up Pro Bowl numbers with? Sure he stepped it up with Peyton even more, but he wasn't exactly struggling with Cameron.


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