The Baltimore Ravens are grasping at straws.
As you have probably heard by now, Cam Cameron was fired on Monday after five years as John Harbaugh’s offensive coordinator.
Why now? What does it accomplish?
The Ravens have lost two straight games but still sit at 9-4 and almost certainly will make the playoffs. Let’s be honest, they shouldn’t have won all those games, but wins are wins. They’ve been playing mediocre football all season, but now, with three games remaining it’s time to retune your offense? It just doesn’t make sense. Cameron has proven his worth; I would think he would have earned a little bit of respect in Baltimore. Yet he has been routinely criticized for “conservative” play calling and has now officially been made the scapegoat of a franchise that doesn’t know what to do.
I can tell you the problem with the offense and it has nothing to do with Cam Cameron. Joe Flacco isn’t a good quarterback, end of story. He’s a game manager that has ridden the coattails of a strong defense and a strong running game for his whole career. He is 15th in the NFL in quarterback rating, and is even trending downward in that stat. People seem to think he is Ben Roethlisberger. He isn’t. Roethlisberger may be a fair comparison some of the time, but he has shown he can come up big when it counts. Third downs, fourth quarters, Super Bowl winning drives. Can Joe Flacco do the same? I doubt it.
Let’s break down this Ravens offense. They rank 18th in pass attempts, 16th in passing yards, and 18th in passing TDs; about league average across the board in the passing game. Where do the fans and the management want these numbers to be? They have a game managing quarterback and a receiving corps led by a 32-year-old that was hard pressed to find a job a year ago. So what do they want to do with this offense? Do they want to compete with the Saints in passing yards? Because I can tell you right: Joe Flacco isn’t Drew Brees.
Be careful what you wish Baltimore fans – you just might get it. Opening up that offense may prove to be the worst decision you could make. Regardless of the outcome of the last few games, the decision to fire Cam Cameron was a bad one. It was a knee-jerk reaction and the guy deserved more respect than that.