I have not been the most pleased with Cam Cameron either, but I think that the dropped passes are the main issue. Now, an interesting debate would be about the impact that Cameron has on the rhythm of the offense and, conversely, the performance of the players. When you look at some of the better passing offenses in the league, they did not arrive overnight, sort of speak. Some of these teams put up a lot of yardage, but also turned the ball over often. However, the vibe I get is that the coaching staffs were willing to work through the kinks.
I have said this before. Manning's Colts were turnover prone before they became the efficient machine they are now remembered for. Green Bay's offense was also turnover prone. New Orleans' offense still 'seems' somewhat turnover prone.
If you do not give your passing offense enough opportunities to get into a rhythm, how does that effect their play? It has been said that WRs have a difficult time adjusting to a run heavy offense, only to then be asked to catch the ball when necessary.
I don't know, and I don't have the answers. I just thought that I might throw that out there. Dropped passes just seem like more of a personnel issue. So, if you change coordinators, how will that fix the dropped passes enough to see the fruits of better play calling?
There was another dropped pass, earlier in the game, that was very important. The Ravens offense was driving down the field, toward the end of the first half. On a third down, with less than a minute remaining, Joe Flacco hit Ed Dickson with a pass, right in his chest. I guess you could say that it was a difficult catch, because Dickson had to dip low and Flacco had to deliver it low, but he had it in his grasp and let the defender rip it away. They still had a TO left, if I am not mistaken, and could have moved closer to a FG. Dickson dropped the pass and they had to punt. You can take away the predictability of the play, but if guys aren't holding onto the ball........
Seems to me the most you can say is that the Ravens had Ray Rice and better defensive personnel, the Pats had Tom Brady and Wilfork and better offensive personnel. Not that the Ravens were globally the better team.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis out-rushed Ray Rice in the game.
Wilfork has 52 Tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 FF
Ngata had 64 tackles, 5 sacks and 2 FF.
Go down the list, player for player the Ravens were surperior in every aspect, EXCEPT at TE and QB, and like I said before Gronk was hurt.
As for BJGE outrushing rice in that game? Yeah by ONE yard. Neither team could run the ball.
And the only reason BJGE did ok against us in that game was because we where pretty much hell bent on stopping Gronk and the passing game.
All I am really trying to say, I guess, is that if you want to keep force-feeding Rice and leaving Flacco to pick up the pieces with his WRs/TEs, then you will continue to get the same results. Those results please us during the regular season, but pain the fan in us come playoff time.
How quickly this thread can degenerate into game specific plays that show the entirety of Flacco/Cam's season.....laughable
If I remember correctly, Flacco was trying to throw the ball when it was stripped.
It cracks me up when I read how Cam isn't getting "the most" out of his offense. The talent on this offense is severely overrated by many fans.
Do people really think a guy like Sean Payton would march in here and turn this offense into an elite (passing) offense with the current personnel?
I know I don't.
Also, considering the success of Brees and Rivers while under Cam and then under another offensive coordinator could logically lead someone to the argument that Cam's offensive philosophy isn't QB friendly and isn't WR friendly, ergo someone like Sean Payton could potentially get more out of the players on the Ravens' squad than what Cam has done.
Colston is in the same class as Mike Wallace, just below first tier of WR's. He is a good weapon for Brees, but not exactly a megatron or a Larry Fitzgerald. Meachem was a decent receiver for them, but he finished the season with less yards than Torrey Smith finished his rookie season for us. I will agree that Jimmy Graham is on a different level, and a top 3 TE in the game right now, probably his best weapon. Sproles is an underrated RB who is good carrying the ball, and receiving, but he isn't in the same class as Ray Rice.
The offensive line is a better unit overall, their tackles are nothing special, but do a better job than ours. They have the best left guard in football, but ours wasn't too bad either, and they have an overrated right guard that is secretly not as good as Marshall Yanda despite what a bunch of NFL network blog writers would want to tell you.
So yeah talent wise, they probably have an edge over us, but it's not quite as drastic as you'd believe. I am not a fan of Cam, but niether am I a hater of him, I think he has at times done a good job calling certain games for us. But lets not live in the clouds here, I am pretty sure Sean Payton would develop this offense into at least a top 15 overall unit.
I believe Payton is great at running his offense. But it doesn't work without incredible talent.
And again, I say the Saints have more talent than the Ravens on offense.
And I saw Torrey Smith make big play after big play last year as a RAW rookie who couldn't catch a thing in camp.