We're talking about the offense as a whole.
QB is easily the more important ingredient.
Am I missing something?
Thats what i was hoping before i found out that CALDWELL isnt an Offensive Coord. He has only been an Assistant Coach and we all know who exactly the O.C was in INDY. And it showed when Manning wasn't on the field.
But hey , you never know. He might be by yrs end and i know for a fact he can't do any worse than Cam. And Maybe that will give Flacco more shots at calling plays.
Might be a blessing disguise
I tried skimming through all the responses -- maybe this point has already been made and I missed it. But isn't their a logical flaw in the original question asked in this thread?
Flacco is already playing at a relatively high level, albeit with some inconsistencies. If he starts consistently putting up solid numbers game in, game out, then you have to believe the offense will be really clicking. I can't imagine a season where we all agree that the quarterback has played great, but the offense sputtered.
If better QB play = better offensive production, then it's hard to imagine how better offensive production = fired offensive coordinator.
I understand that the original thought behind the question was that Caldwell would get the credit for getting an extra 10% out of Joe that Cam never got, but I just can't picture how that leads to leapfrogging the QB coach over the coordinator of a successful offense.
If anything, I'd be more likely to believe that Joe struggling, and the offense never clicking, would be the cause of Cam losing his job. And then I could see them thinking, hey, it wasn't Caldwell's fault. He and Joe have a good relationship. Let's just elevate Jim to the coordinator's job.
In short, upper management doesn't get fired when middle management performs well.
My take is that Cam wants another shot but he's probably not going to get it. We can all hope for this but as Joe gets better, it only entrenches Cam as our favorite OC.
I feel that Joe is going to take a major leap this year so that reality may bear itself out.
Shaslers probably put this in its proper perspective. The only way that I could see Cameron out is if he is offered another job at the college level that is really enticing. I do not see any other NFL positions opening for him, even if the offense is successful. Then again, Joe could make the promotion of Jim Caldwell a major factor in negotiations, by that point. I doubt that he would, but he could always give a little elbow nudge and whisper. lol.
It's not always as easy as it looks.
Here are the plays that did not go to Boldin:
Twice to Pitta, once to Rice, and once to Evans in the end zone. On the other plays, Flacco completed 4 passes for 60 yards to Boldin.Quote:
2-10-BAL 21 (1:39) (Shotgun) 5-J.Flacco pass short left to 88-D.Pitta to BAL 26 for 5 yards (25-P.Chung).
1-10-BAL 39 (1:09) (Shotgun) 5-J.Flacco pass incomplete short middle to 27-R.Rice (51-J.Mayo).
2-1-NE 14 (:27) (Shotgun) 5-J.Flacco pass incomplete short right to 83-L.Evans (29-S.Moore). (Should have been touchdown)
3-1-NE 14 (:22) (Shotgun) 5-J.Flacco pass incomplete short right to 88-D.Pitta (29-S.Moore) [52-D.Fletcher]
It's not like the Ravens ignored the matchup.
I just re-looked at that play-by-play. Is it possible that those passes to Boldin on the final drive were the first ones thrown his way, since 9:17 in the second quarter?!?? Is that possible at all??
Line is better.
TE is better.
WR are better.
Might Payton come in and somewhat improve the offensive production? I'd say so. But not nearly to the extent many believe.
The talent on the Ravens offense just isn't close to that of the Saints.
The Saints have a more overall talented offense built around Brees, and yes it would be easier for Payton to call in that defensively weak division, playing in one of the best domes in the league. But lets say you switch offensive weapons with Baltimore and New Orleans. We get Colston and all their other WR's, we also get Jimmy Grahame and Sproles. Sean Payton gets AnQuan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Ray Rice, Ed Dickson, Dennis pitta and a couple of young WR's with potencial (Tandon Doss, LaQuan Williams etc). The QB's and offensive lines remain the same on both teams. Would the Saints be all that less effective?
Collinsworth or whoever was doing the game noticed before the Ravens did, I think a whole drive or so before the Ravens noticed, and he was yelling about it. I think that gives us the impression that Edelman was out there forever, untargeted by us. But it wasn't really the whole game.
Drew Brees was drafted by the Chargers in 2001. His rookie year they Mike Riley, with Norv as OC. Doug Flutie was the started; Brees threw 27 passes. Marty and Cam came along the next season, so Brees was under Cam as a 2nd-year player. Brees played under Cam for 5 seasons, 2002-2005. He took over as the starting QB his first season under Cam, 2002, then missed 5 games and had a crappy season in 2003 (prompting the Chargers to draft Rivers), then made the Pro Bowl in 2004. So under Cam, Brees went from a young QB who had never been the starter, to an established Pro Bowl QB.
Here are Brees' stats under Cam:
Except for the blip in 2003 when he missed 5 games (2nd line above), this is nice steady growth for a young QB. Brees took a small step back in efficiency from 2004 to 2005, but 2005 is still a very solid season.Code:
Att Yards TD INT Y/A
526 3284 17 16 6 2
356 2108 11 15 5.9
400 3159 27 7 7.9*
500 3576 24 15 7.2
So what happened when Brees got to Sean Payton in New Orleans? Check out his pass attempts:
They just threw the ball a lot more. Brees was not a ton more efficient when he got to New Orleans. His yards-per-pass-attempt in 2006 was just a smidge above his ypa in his Pro Bowl season with Cam in 2004: 8.0 to 7.9. His TD pct was actually lower his first two seasons in New Orleans than it had been his last season under Cam: 4.7 and 4.3 in 2006-7, vs 4.8 in 2005. Even when his TD pctg started to climb in New Orleans, it still was not as high as in his best season under Cam (6.8 in 2004). It was not until this past season that Brees finally posted a TD pct in New Orleans that beat his best number under Cam.Code:
I don't mean to belittle Sean Payton or Drew Brees. Brees is a magnificent QB, and Payton is an aggressive, creative OC. But it's a volume passing attack. Brees puts up big numbers because they throw the ball a ton. Their run/pass ration is heavy to the pass. The Ravens believe in a balanced offense, and their run/pass ratio reflects that. (Which makes sense when you have Ray Rice.)
When you look at Brees under Cam vs Brees under Payton, the difference is that under Cam Brees was a young QB being groomed into a regular starter and Pro Bowler, vs under Payton Brees was already an established Pro Bowler so they opened up the offense.
Same pattern for Rivers. Rivers only played under Cam for 3 seasons, 2004-6. And Brees was the starter for those first two seasons. Rivers developed under Cam and made the Pro Bowl as a first-time starter in 2006. Rivers continued to grow after Cam left, and has become one of the most dangerous and productive passers in the league. That's a testament to Rivers; but it doesn't mean Cam was holding him back. In fact it looks like a pretty smooth progression, from not starting his rookie season to consistently posting passer ratings in the hundreds, other than a small regression the year after Cam left.
When I think of OC's who hold back QBs and retard their growth, I usually worry about the coach ruining the QB. I think there are a ton of QBs who never reach their potential, because they get bad coaching in the NFL. You see this all the time: guys who get shell-shocked as rookies, and never fulfilled their potential. Joey Harrington. David Carr. Alex Smith, although he had a good season last year.
When you look at Brees and Rivers, they clearly were not "ruined" by Cam. If anything, the opposite. The more reasonable interpretation is that Brees and Rivers built a good foundation of fundamentals their first few seasons under Cam, which they were able to continue to build upon as mature QBs, into consistent Pro-Bowl and All-Pro type performances.
Flacco will not improve.
He looks "sharp" every offseason, as much as you try, you cannot shine a turd.
Everyone raves about how great he played in
The AFCC, the fact of the matter is that he did not play great at all. Terrible footwork, pocket presence, holding on to ball to long, several bonehead throws including the awful Spikes pick, and another terrible pass right before the missed field goal. Caldwell is not going to fix Flacco, or make him any better, he has reached his ceiling.
Flacco is a average mediocre Quarterback and that's all he will ever be.
I've stated it several times and I'll say it again, Cam's offense is centered around the RB. Period. End of story. He has ever only had 2 receivers go over 1000 yards since becoming the OC in San Diego in 2002 and that was Derrick Mason in Baltimore and Antonio Gates in San Diego. It's extremely difficult for a QB to put up gaudy numbers in his version of the Air Coryell offense because it is RB-centric, whereas Norv's version is very QB-centric.
That's why many who are essentially on the anti-Cam wagon are interested in seeing what Flacco can do with a more innovative and modern offensive coordinator.