Ravens vs. Patriots: Why Cam Cameron Will Doom the Baltimore Ravens

Ryan AlfieriCorrespondent IIIJanuary 22, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 01:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron celebrate as they walk off of the field following the 24-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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When you look at the Baltimore Ravens offense, they have talent at every position. The problem is, their offensive coordinator is holding them back from being as good as they can be. 

I am usually not a big proponent of always blaming the offensive coordinator for everything that goes on during a game, but in this case, I cannot find a way to defend Cam Cameron

There is no problem with Joe Flacco throwing the ball, the issue for the Ravens is their receivers' inability to beat man coverage. Anquan Boldin is showing his age, and Torrey Smith is just too raw of a route runner to shake defenders. 

However, Cameron is not doing anything to help his players. There are very simple and easy ways to beat man coverage with route concepts, whether it's rub routes or bunch formations.

For some reason or another, Cameron refuses to utilize any of these "man beaters," and Flacco is forced to move the ball by having to throw the ball into tight windows. 

Like Greg Cosell said on the "Shutdown Corner Podcast" with Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports, watching the Ravens offense is like watching football in the 1960's. Every play, they line up with two receivers to each side, and run "nine routes" with the occasional screen. 

On top of all of this, the Ravens have built a legendary tendency of running the ball on first down. Because of this incredible level of predictability, it is difficult to sustain a ground attack with one of the most dynamic backs in football. As a result, Cameron is quick to abandon the run, putting more pressure on his suspect edge protection.

When going against a coach like Belichick, you can bet that he is going to take advantage of these tendencies. If the Ravens hope to keep up with the New England Patriots offense, it is going to be up to Cameron to make a lot of adjustments and put his players in a better position to succeed.