Ravens fans can stop complaining, as Cam Cameron is including Ray Rice in every game plan since the Ravens' drubbing at the hands of the Houston Texans.
That having been said, close observers have to find fault with Cameron's third-down play calling.
He is especially bizarre on 3rd-and-short. Often, Cameron will run either a long developing running play or a long pass. Predictably, these runs are stuffed and the passes fall incomplete.
Seemingly the only time Cameron runs a dive play is when he shouldn't. When Cameron ran a halfback dive on 3rd-and-short against the Steelers, it was stunning, as he almost never makes that call. Just as stunning was that he did it against a defense that was throttling the Ravens' offensive line all night.
Cameron seems to be afraid to make the easy call. On 3rd-and-inches, a QB sneak works better than any other play. Cameron refuses to make that call.
Not to be forgotten is the Ravens' performance on 3rd-and-long. How often does Joe Flacco complete a third-down pass, only to have his receiver tackled short of the first down? Please, attempt a pass that would actually get a first down.
Cameron isn't a bad play-caller. He does call some creative plays, and his system does help maximize the talents of most of his players. His third-down calls, though, are killing the Ravens.
Until the Ravens figure out how to handle third downs, they won't be competitive on the road.