Baltimore Ravens: Will Cam Cameron Survive?

Kirk McEwenContributor IINovember 4, 2011

The clock is ticking on Cam
The clock is ticking on CamRob Carr/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens under head coach John Harbaugh have played as well as any team in the league during the regular season.

Harbaugh’s coaching at a .673 clip (37-18) in his three-plus season’s at the helm, leading the team to seven playoff games, winning four.  Baltimore was even able to reach the AFC Championship game in his first year with a rookie quarterback, Joe Flacco, before losing to their bitter rival the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Though the Ravens defense has been up to the task, the offense has sputtered, leading many fans and pundits alike to wonder aloud about offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.  His conservative play selection and inability to get former first-rounder Flacco into the upper echelon of NFL signal callers has many calling for his ouster. 

Cameron’s had success along the way as an offensive coach, which makes his Baltimore tenure that much more curious.  As offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers he was named Offensive Assistant of the Year following the 2004 season after the Bolts scored 446 points, third highest in the NFL that year.

He was also able to get Drew Brees and Philip Rivers on track to become top-tier quarterbacks under his tutelage.  His time with Joe Flacco since both joined the Ravens in 2008, however, has not lived up to expectations.

This season, Flacco’s completion percentage has been a hot topic of debate, hovering around 50 percent, and Cameron appears to be a big part of the problem.

This season Baltimore lost to teams they should have beaten (Titans, Jaguars) and barely squeaked out a win at home against the lowly Arizona Cardinals.  Cam Cam’s unimaginative script has long been a source of concern, especially now that Flacco’s at a point in his career where he should be comfortably running the offense.

Baltimore is once again sitting at the top of the AFC in total defense (first against the run, third against the pass) and it’s time for the offense to step it up.  It’s a miracle Ray Lewis and the rest of the defense glare at their teammates as they pass each other on the field!

The window on this team is closing and John Harbaugh is under contract through 2014.  If Cameron’s offense doesn’t come around and carry this team deep into January, there just may be a new offensive coordinator next season.