Did Cameron cost Baltimore the game?
After one of the worst play-calling performances of his career (and that’s saying something), the only reason why Cam Cameron has a job right now is because the Ravens are 9-3. That’s it.
Rice is the best player on Baltimore’s offense. Over the past three years, he’s averaged 1,962 yards from scrimmage per season. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that putting the football in his hands gives the Ravens their best chance to get the football in the end zone.
Well, Cameron sure isn’t a rocket scientist. And on Sunday, he couldn’t comprehend that calling more plays for Rice maybe—just maybe—would’ve been a bright idea.
With 1:52 left in the third quarter, the two-time Pro Bowl halfback ran off the right end for 10 yards. That was the last time he touched the football.
After an Ed Reed interception, Baltimore held a seven-point lead and the ball in the fourth quarter. If it had been trailing by multiple scores, abandoning the running game would've been justifiable. But how difficult is it to get the football to the starting halfback under the circumstances that the Ravens were in?
Even after Charlie Batch helped tie the game with a seven-yard strike to Heath Miller, Cameron could’ve gone to the ground. For crying out loud, Rice had racked up 78 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries through just three quarters. For Cameron, and those who can’t do that math in their head, that’s 6.5 yards a pop.
Now, brace yourself for this stat: Joe Flacco averaged 5.3 yards per pass attempt against the Steelers in their two meetings. Just to put that number into perspective, Nick Foles, Brady Quinn and even Charlie Batch boast a higher average this season.
Yes, you read that right. Flacco averaged fewer yards per pass attempt than Rice did running the football on Sunday evening.
And Cameron aired it out.
Bleacher Report’s own Chris Trapasso noted that there’s a distinct pattern of behavior between the offensive coordinator’s inability to get Rice the ball and the Ravens’ ability to win.
In the #Ravens' 7 losses since the start of 2011, Ray Rice has averaged 10.4 carries.— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) December 3, 2012
If Baltimore is held back by its offense on the squad’s latest Super Bowl push, Cameron must be fired.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.