We've made the playoffs every year since he's been here.
It's well known Steve B wants to win a Super Bowl, as does every owner, but I think he feels (As do most of us) that this team has had the pieces to go to or win a Super Bowl. If Steve and OZ feel the pieces are in place andwe're not getting there (to or winning a SB) he's not going to keep Harbaugh because he is stocking the trophy case with AFCN titles.
Saw the post game presser with Harbs, Caldwells introduction as OC, and the comments from Flacco. The small items that kept coming up?
Tweaking the offense incrementally and "listening to everyone." Based on those two main points this wasn't a knee jerk firing of Cam.
This was a cumination of a few years worth of Cam "knowing better than everyone."
It wasn't that Cam was a BAD offensive coordinator, He wasn't. He was decent enough and helped the ravens improve. But each year there was no new scheme, and the "explosion" everyone expected never happened. Despite the added offensive weapons and extra years working together. You still had Cam "outthinking everyone" by running on obvious passing downs and vice versa. Ray Rice gashes the Skins for 10+ yard runs? "Lets put the ball into Flacco's hands to win it!"
Cam didn't seem to have a good feel for game flow. It often felt like he was calling whatever type of game he wanted to instead of riding the hot hand and palying to what was working. How often did we see a first half (or set of plays) work ridiculously well, only to never see those plays again? Cam did what he wanted.
In the pressers Harbs said it was all about tweaking the offense a tad. The plabook won't change. The order and how the game is called likely will. Hopefully for the better.
It seems that the team believes the talent is there, but the odd decisions to do whatever he wanted, even when it was obviously not working or SMART was wearing thin. Cam was stubborn and didnt take advice. He sure as hell wasn't going to do what legions of ravens fans wanted him to do and feed the ball to Ray Rice 10 more times a game. But that was just another example of his stubborness. Given what Harbs said, it sounds like Cam didn't even listen to his assistants. It was not listening to his assistants AND likely Harbaugh (who was likely listening to Ozzie and Steve) that ultimately got Cam fired.
Caldwell often gets criticized for his quiet demeanor and deer in the headlight appearance. But I wouldnt judge a book by its cover in this instance. No one here is priivy to what he knows, how he coaches, what happens during the week or the practice field or what the players think of him.
I'm willing to give Caldwell a chance because Cam couldn't get the job done.
Steve Bisciotti believes in Joe Flacco and recognizes that he is going to have to pay Joe Flacco a significant amount of money, one way or the other. I think that Steve recognizes that you don't pay a QB what you are about to have to pay Flacco, to not have an offense tailored more around him and to deal with the inconsistency that you have dealt with.
Think about it. If we see the picture, we can only imagine what Bisciotti's stance is on the issue.
To be honest, I don't even think the question is money with Bisciotti. That just seems to come with the territory for him. He had a number in mind for Ray Lewis and didn't back off of it. He had a number in mind for Ray Rice, but was flexible. Now, Ray Rice is the guy that we all should have figured would have the least trouble getting paid quickly, from a talent perspective. Yet, his deal came down to the wire.
The record and big games have shown that Joe is a good, capable NFL starter (that can play well in tough games) and deserves a new contract.
Its those inconsistent games that are trying to be figured out.
The concensus seems to be that Cam, although decent enough, had too strong a personality and role in the offense and may have been the cause for the ups and downs.
Caldwell is not a proven OC. But he's been around pro football enough and long enough to likely be good enough, possibly VERY good, if he plays to team strengths and rides the hot hand. I imagine this is a move to see what Joe can do with an OC that understands the offense, and is willing to play to the team
strengths instead of ego.
Now Steve is letting joe "prove it" to see how flexible he needs to be come contract time.
Step 1: Get to the Playoffs. Harbaugh has shown that he can at least get his team into the post-season.
Step 2: Get to the Super Bowl. He hasn't achieved this yet, but has come very VERY close.
Step 3: Win the Super Bowl.
If he can't get them over the hump, then it is time to make a change and get fresh eyes on the situation.
Maybe Mason is biased/egotistical in thinking few others have his talent to run all the routes in the route tree. Maybe Mason's view is based on a raw Torrey Smith when he was fresh out of college. Maybe he knows something we don't want to admit. (He also mentioned that in his opinion Brian Billick refused to consider the limitations of his receivers and was trying to install the kind of vertical passing attack he favored, without consideration of the fact he had receivers who were not capable of executing it).
We kind of heard the same suggestion in the past that Joe Flacco was not being allowed to throw between the hashes because Cam didn't think he could be trusted. Eventually that changed, but I do wonder if one of Cam's problems was not trusting his playmakers to make plays. Maybe Cam thought he already knew the negative outcome of going in a certain direction, and was too stubborn to try it. We have been led to believe he wasn't good at receiving input.
I'd rather he try and fail than never try at all.
That being said, I don't think there is any question Joe doesn't have a great internal clock (it remains to be seen how much this can be improved), blitz recognition (I think this can be improved quite a bit) and ball security (he will need to improve his internal clock to really improve this)
I have to say this is pretty ironic and funny.
Before the season (when Mike Tomlin was "interviewing" Caldwell) Ravens' fans were laughing and hoping he became the Steelers OC. A bulk of this board was cutting the Steelers down for even considering this guy.
Now he is the Ravens OC, he's going to be GREEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!
so.... we can thank Charlie B-atch and Kirk Cousins for getting rid of Cam? Never really thought of it that way but there's some truth to it.