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Everyone on Ravens pointing fingers at offense

Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:03 am
Posted by Will Brinson

The Ravens looked downright dreadful on the offensive end of things on Monday in their 12-7 loss in Jacksonville. As such, the critics came calling, with many a pundit ripping Joe Flacco and even Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs questioning the playcalling after the game.

Suggs was baffled about the number of touches that Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice received. That number -- eight! -- apparently didn't sit well with head coach Jim Harbaugh, who said he's on the "same page" with Suggs re: touches.

"I listen to all of our guys and definitely I listen to Terrell Suggs, especially with the way he’s playing," Harbaugh said. "And then, the things he says are right. But, that’s what we’re trying to do. It’s not like we’re not trying to do the things he’s talking about doing. So, I think we’re all on the same page with that."

So that's not good news for offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Although our own Mike Freeman reported Wednesday morning that Harbaugh isn't happy about the way Suggs criticized Cameron publicly, so perhaps it's Suggs that should be worried.

Indeed, reported late Tuesday that Harbaugh and Cameron huddled up and discussed the offensive problems and determined that everyone's at fault.

"It’s warranted for all of us,” Harbaugh said. "I think we all deserve to have fingers pointed at us when the offense plays like that. That’s tough."

Oh, right, and add Flacco to the list of people that deseve blame, according to Cameron.

"That’s part of our deal," Cameron said. "Heat on me, heat on Joe. The coordinators, quarterbacks, we can all do better. It goes with the territory."

Flacco deserves criticism for making bad throws, of course. But it's not Flacco's fault that the offense is plodding through a late-game situation, or that Rice only got eight carries.

Now, there's an argument that the Ravens weren't moving the ball well on the ground -- Rice averaged just 3.5 yards per carry and Ricky Williams picked up just five yards on three carries.

But the problem with that argument is that 12 total carries for your running backs in a game that doesn't feature more than 19 points is simply illogical. 19 total points means that a game's either a defensive bloodbath or a sloppy offensive game. Either way, mistakes and the other team's opportunities can be mitigated by running the ball and looking to run it more effectively.

Cameron could have worn down the Jaguars defense and limited Flacco's mistakes if he'd simply given Rice the ball more, but for some reason, he didn't feel interested in doing so; when the score of a football game is 6-0 at halftime and still takes two hours to play, something has gone amiss in the respective offensive gameplans.

"Eight carries is never going to be a winning formula for Ray Rice," Harbaugh said. "There is no doubt about it."

Indeed it isn't, and Cameron should probably heed Harbaugh's words and perhaps take a look that the coach had on his face during Baltimore's next-to-last drive of the game. Cameron didn't go with a no-huddle offense initially, and melted nearly 1:30 off the clock with three plays that picked up a whopping 23 yards.

After finally letting Flacco put his foot on the peddle, the offense moved the final 60-plus yards in less than two minutes, scoring their first points of the game.

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Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 1:20 pm

Everyone on Ravens pointing fingers at offense

Suggs is a Idiot anyway ,

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:22 pm
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Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:34 am

Everyone on Ravens pointing fingers at offense

First things first.....

Players calling out coaches is not good and now shows a team in disarray. Harbaugh needs to tell Suggs, although a great defensive player he is just that, a defensive player and he needs to shut up.

Cameron calling out Flacco and placing some of the blame on him?....WHAT? Cameron just broke another cardinal rule of placing the blame on one of HIS players. Harbs needs to bring Cameron into his office right after Suggs.

Harbaugh finally on Tuesday took blame for the poor performance, FINALLY. He is ultimately the whipping boy for this dismal preformance and should bear the brunt of the criticism. He should be shielding his players from the blame and needs to have some real strong words for Cameron and Suggs that could include some financial restitution.

This shows that the Ravens are in total disarray and need a checkup from the neckup. Flacco is lost, it shows. He moves like a snail in presure situations. He has no sense of urgency with little to no time on the clock. He stands on the sidelines all alone by himself and not looking for guidance from his boss, the offensive co-ordinator Cam Cameron.

Cam Cameron will most likely be fired after this season but the Ravens are not the kind of team that does things like this. They try and let tbhings work themselves out but if it doesn't Cam Cameron will be the first to be replaced. For Flacco's sake I hope it doesn't happen but I feel it will if Cameron continues with his see-saw offensive play calling.    

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:30 am

Everyone on Ravens pointing fingers at offense

I don't see the need whatsoever to find a replacement for Flacco. He had a crap game along with the rest of the O, and while it happens every so often for the Ravens O, it hasn't kept them from playing football in January for the last three or four years.

That game was downright awful, and playcalling is at the top of that shyte-pile. Clock management is number two, and a subpar O line performance is third. 8 carries is crap, and keeping Ricky in for an entire series of handoffs is also on the crap list.

Now, if that horseshyte helmet-to-helmet call wasn't made in the third, this score would have been in favor of the Ravens. Since damn near everything else is reviewable now, how about making those "personal foul" calls reviewable as well? Maybe not pass interference, but at least the H-T-H calls.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:58 am

Everyone on Ravens pointing fingers at offense

That number -- eight! -- apparently didn't sit well with head coach Jim Harbaugh, who said he's on the "same page" with Suggs re: touches.
Wrong Harbaugh, guys.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:38 am

Everyone on Ravens pointing fingers at offense

I'm not so sure we're at that point yet. Flacco had a pretty damn good season last year and has a career QB rating of 86. To say they should start looking for another QB because he's sturggling this year is like saying the Chargers should do the same with Rivers and their QB situation since he's had a sub-par year by his standards.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:24 am

Everyone on Ravens pointing fingers at offense

All the rules are slanted for passing, and Flacco still sucks.  You can't hide a QB in this league anymore.  It also doesn't take 5 years to develop a QB either.  This is I believe Flacco's 4th year.  I'd say the Ravens should seriously start looking at getting another QB. 

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