Monday, January 17, 2011

Cameron safe...for now

So we learned today that John Harbaugh intends to keep Cam Cameron around as the offensive coordinator next season. But Harbaugh chooses his words wisely almost always allowing for a way out. After stating that he intends to bring Cameron and the entire coaching staff back, Harbaugh was asked if there was any chance that could change.

“I'm not going to say things can't change.”

Enter Steve Bisciotti.

You may recall that following the disastrous 2007 season Bisciotti announced that Brian Billick would return to coach the team in 2008. But after a meeting with key veterans, Bisciotti concluded that the damage attributed to Billick in the Ravens’ locker room was too insurmountable and that he had lost the team.

So the owner did what owner’s can do – change his mind.

And so he fired Billick, despite having to pay him for four more years at $5 million per.

As Harbaugh and his representatives hammer out a contract extension for the head coach with team president Dick Cass, don’t be surprised if Bisciotti holds court again with key veterans on offense to determine the fate of Cam Cameron.

And when he has that little sit down I hope that Bisciotti is reminded that the Ravens are 3-11 against the AFC’s elite (Colts, Patriots, Steelers) since Cameron’s arrival with 2 of those wins courtesy of the Ben Roethlisberger-less Steelers. Does anyone expect this to change without changes?

Bisciotti wants a franchise quarterback. What NFL owner doesn’t? He also wants to keep the window of opportunity for the Ravens perpetually open. He wants to be a regular participant in the NFL’s post season dance. But as the defense gets even longer in the tooth and Ray Lewis eventually succumbs to Father Time, can Flacco with Cam Cameron pick up the slack?

We’ve all heard the stats about Joe Flacco’s post season record and that he along with three others share an all-time NFL record for road wins in the playoffs. But let’s be real here. Flacco has Trent Dilfer-ed through the playoffs. He’s ridden the backs of the defense. Sure he may be 4-3 in the post season but the truth be told he’s really only been a contributor in one of those wins (Kansas City) and a huge deterrent to winning in the three losses. Tally up all 7 Flacco playoff games and you get these daunting numbers: 98 of 184 attempts; 1,050 yards; 4 TD’s; 7 INT’s; Passer Rating of 61.63; two lost fumbles. Against the Steelers his post season passer rating is 38.6.

That’s just downright painful to read, isn’t it?

Back to Bisciotti…

If he concludes after his sit down with the vets that a change is needed, Bisciotti will play the role of the fall guy and he’ll pull rank again. Harbaugh and the Ravens can then spin it that Cam wanted a change and a chance to get back to the college coaching ranks. They’ll tell us that Cam is a great teacher and teaching is best suited for the world of college athletics.

And so on and so forth…

Or is this just wishful thinking?


Fran the Fan said...

Wishful thinking? I hope not, Tony. I would love to be on a fly on the wall at the Castle when Harbs and Ozzie sit down with Bisciotti to give their "State of the Ravens" debrief.

Steve's not stupid. He's both an owner and a fan, and he can't ignore the blistering comments from the fan base. (I hope)

Harryos29 said...

Harry OS 29 Jan 17th
... I say this all the time, "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
Albert Einstein

.. I have confidence that the owner will step in and do the right thing with the offensive coordinator. Come on: 3 years: the same thing over and over again?
Mr Bisciotti paid an awful lot of money to get Boldin and TJ in here for coach Harbaugh to improve the offense. 64 catches for 837 yards and only 7 Touchdowns. That type of performance does not justify spending that much, and only using a player that sparingly.
...As far as the public knows, Boldin was healthy for all 16 games plus the two play off games. He came to the Ravens with an Excellent Record: and he has recent SUPERBOWL Experience with his former Team, the Arizona Cardinals. True that in Baltimore he does not have Larry Fitzgerald on the other side of the field: However, with his size and hands he should have been targetted a lot more than he was; WHO Called the Plays?
...I rest my case, while awaiting the 2011 draft and the stettlement of the CBA issue.

Jerry B said...

This coaching staff has demonstrated that it does not know how to beat championship caliber teams. Bringing Cameron back after, a.) he failed to utilize the weapons that were acquired and, b.)the offense has digressed each of the past two years is not just a mistake, it's ludicrous! Einstein once defined insanity as doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. By that definition, bringing Cameron back is....nuts!!!

Harryos29 said...

Harry OS 29 Jan 18th
i heard someone say both drew brees and phillip rivers got better once they got away from cameron. I think busciotti will have the last word.