I don't expect a sudden conversion into the Greatest Show on Turf, but I do hope to see more use of quick passes and the middle of the field. Caldwell would be making a mistake to get away from Rice, and I'd hate to see Leach get left on the sideline.
This team can't be all one or the other. It has to be balanced on offense. It needs to eat up clock. Our O-line isn't going to dominate pounding the rock. They aren't going to keep Flacco protected enough to just air it out.
It should make sense why Joe Flacco looks inconsistent from the first half to the second half. Think about how often we have criticized Cam Cameron for his lack of adjustments in the second half, while opposing defenses change up with success. It comes from the top.
Look at how long it took Cameron to handle the overload blitz that Haslett started sending in the second half. The first miscue was on both Joe and Cameron. Cameron for the setup and Joe for not getting rid of the ball quickly and taking the points. The rest were on Cameron, because you just don't see a quick outlet for Joe. The one time they beat it on third down, was when they put Joe in the gun, kept Rice in the backfield and were able to hit Boldin with time.
The Eagles game is another example.
If Jim Caldwell can adjust to the changes made by the defense in the second half, that in itself could improve the offense.
The offense is currently a top 10 in scoring (9th) And that's without risding the hot hand or makign changes.
The firing says it all. You can whitewash it all you want but it's a scathing criticism of Cam.
The team is at the point in the season where the offense will remain unchanged. Same playbook.
Except hopefully Caldwell will ride the hot hand, play to strengths instead of a predetermined gameplan and perhaps tweak a protection or two when necessary.
It's sad that Cam was so stubborn that he couldn't see or do those things.
Well it helped Dean outQuote:
Ravens: Jim Caldwell says he plans to be in the booth, not on the sideline.
I'm not sorry Cam is history, but the Pitt and Skins' losses are on Pees. Yeah, he's got injuries to deal with, but damn, can't our 3rd stringers at still try to get to a QB? Call the play and if it fails, then it's on them, but not to even dial up pressure is squarely on Pops Pees.
Listening to Caldwell speak i heard to things that excite me even more..."each game is it's own entity", love to here that, i think the best OC's understand that and are prepared to win games in different fashions depending on what the defense is doing or what their strengths are. Also he says he wants to put the personnel in their best positions to succeed. Cant wait to see how we look on sunday!
Beg to differ and yes it is a possibility. Should Caldwell become successful in getting this team out of this current offensive funk. The FO may finally start to wonder what exactly does John Harbaugh do as HC of the Baltimore Ravens. Does John Harbaugh game plan well? Does John Harbaugh have control of his hand picked staff? Does John Harbaugh allow input from his players? Does John Harbaugh make NFL in game decisions? And perhaps most importantly, has John Harbaugh brought home a Lombardi? The Caldwell hire and now his elevation to OC should be seen as a shot across Harbaugh's bow. This is a smart football and business move by the FO.
It didn't work for Pops Mattison, and it's not for Pees. It's not so much about the pressure, but disguising the pressure. A Pees D looks like Easter Island statues.
Your position was the same as Pops against Ben in the '10 playoffs and with all of the time in the world Ben connected.....and Harbaugh watched the SB on TV.