RAVENS FIRE CAM CAMERON
Today, the Baltimore Ravens fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. I have, with permission reprinted the article by Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun below. Please check back later this afternoon as Alan offers his opinion on the firing of Cam Cameron. Alan will also tell you what you can expect from a Jim Caldwell run offense, and why, at least for this season, it may too late for the Ravens offense.
Be sure to join Alan tonight at 9:00 p.m. on Blog Talk Radio as he hosts Ravens Monday Night Quarterback. On the show Alan will recap yesterdays game and of course have all of the up to the minute news and audio from the players and coaches about the loss and Cameron's firing.
This is not the first time the Ravens franchise has fired an offensive coordinator during the season. Former Ravens head coach Brian Billick fired his good friend and former NY Giants head coach Jim Fassel back on October 17, 2006. At the time, the Ravens sat atop the AFC North, as they do now but were struggling on offense.
The Ravens scored only 10 offensive touchdowns in their first six games and were held to 16 points or fewer three times. Even though Baltimore was in first place, Billick felt a change in the team's offensive philosophy was imperative. Sound familiar?
11:36 a.m. EST, December 10, 2012
Tired with the offense’s inconsistency and the lack of significant progression from quarterback Joe Flacco, the Ravens today let go much-maligned offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and replaced him with quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell, according to team sources.
The surprising news comes a day after the Ravens’ 31-28 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins, dropping them to 9-4. The Ravens’ offense performed reasonably well in the game, as Flacco threw three first-half touchdowns and the running game racked up 186 yards against the NFL’s fourth-ranked rush defense. However, Flacco did commit two third-quarter turnovers that led to Redskins points, continuing a trend of uneven performance from the fifth-year quarterback and the offense.
Cameron, a former head coach of the Miami Dolphins, was in his fifth season as the Ravens’ offensive coordinator. With Cameron calling the plays, the Ravens have not ranked better than 13th in the NFL in terms of yards per game.
In what was billed as a potential breakout season for the offense, the group is ranked 18th in yards per game and ninth in points per game. However, Flacco hasn’t shown the progress that most expected this season, and he has recently shown outward signs of frustration with how the offense was playing.
In an interview with The Baltimore Sun last week, Flacco admitted that he was frustrated that the team had gone away from the no-huddle offense. Asked why that happened, Flacco replied, “I don’t know.”
Caldwell, the former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, was hired as the quarterbacks coach in February. During his time with the Colts, they had one of the NFL’s most prolific offenses and Caldwell meshed well with quarterback Peyton Manning.
The Ravens play Manning’s Denver Broncos on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.