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.