Posted by Josh Katzowitz
One of the more interesting themes of this week has been the questioning of whether Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will ever become an elite quarterback. After leading a Ravens offense that bordered on embarrassing in their disappointing loss to the Jaguars last Monday, one has to wonder whether Flacco, in his fourth year in the league, can ever make the jump to top-five status.
As Baltimore coach John Harbaugh pointed out a few days before the loss to Jacksonville, a quarterback should be critiqued by his winning percentage (and Flacco Iwin twice as many games as he loses) and that Flacco doesn’t care about labels. But Flacco followed that up by not leading his team to a first down until the third quarter of Monday’s game.
Yet, perhaps too much of the blame is being placed on Flacco. What about Baltimore’s offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, whose squad is 22nd in the league in total offense (after finishing 22nd last season)?
Team owner Steve Bisciotti was cool with Harbaugh bringing back Cameron for this season, but if the Ravens defense wasn’t ranked No. 1 in total defense, how bad would this team be playing? As it stands, Cameron is no pariah at Baltimore headquarters.
“We are a tight group,” Cameron told the Baltimore Sun. “I know our offensive staff, defensive staff. I know [defensive coordinator] Chuck [Pagano]. I have known Chuck for a long time, our defensive guys. It’s not one of those places where no one will look at you. Some people really have a tough time with it, but not our coaches, not our staff and not our players. This building, I think you guys know, you get to come around here, this is a special place. We are all in this together. John doesn’t just say that -- he lives it. That is part of this business.”
For now, Harbaugh seems to have Cameron’s back.
“Cam has broad shoulders,” Harbaugh said, via the team’s official website. “We all deserve fingers pointed at us with the way the offense played Monday. It was just a bad performance, and everyone knows it.”
That’s true, but it’s also true that if the Ravens offensive numbers don’t improve, Harbaugh might not have a choice whether he can bring back Cameron next season.
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