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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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Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:29 pm

Looks like Cam Cameron will return to Ravens

Cameron need to go his imagination is bland and Flacco will never take off with Cam still there.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:32 pm

Looks like Cam Cameron will return to Ravens

the raven offense has been better the last couple of years. used to be they could not score a touchdown. the quarterback was notthe reason they lost the game. frankly he played alot better than i thought he would. flacco made quite a few major league throws. the problem was not the ravens. it was that the pats are playing very well right now. they are peaking at the right time. brady is playing very well. when brady is playing that well the pats are very hard to beat. i would say that almost every thought the if the ravens made that field goal the pats would come back and win the game.

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:34 pm

Looks like Cam Cameron will return to Ravens

Well.... another year of coming up short Raven's fans... I hate Cam, I was never sold on him, he is more conservative at play calling than any coach, do you think Flacco is unreliable at QB? Well Cam really does... cuz he keeps his balls in a Mason jar. Ray Rice up the middle all game long? 2 yards a gain? That's Cam, maybe if the Ravens lost he would go, but unfortunately they win just enough I guess....: (

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 6:48 pm

Looks like Cam Cameron will return to Ravens

What?!!!  Are the Ravens starting to take tips from the Orioles?  Come on Ozzie, we need to move into the 21st century with our offense.  We had better play calling when I was in Pop Warner.  Cam has to be the least imaginitive and most predictable OC in the game. 

He even said this season that he doesn't believe in audibles!  Are you kidding me.  Why do you think he isn't getting any interviews for a HC job?  He is a joke.  Flacco will never be able to the QB that he can be under this clown.  

The Ravens won IN SPITE of Cam! 

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