The Baltimore Ravens have finally admitted what fans have been crying out for weeks, that their offense is under performing this season. Derrick Mason exclaimed it to the media in dramatic fashion after the game on Sunday night and head coach John Harbaugh told the media in his Monday press conference that the Ravens are “not good enough on offense.” While fans are pleased to see the head coach step up acknowledge the Ravens problems, they have to wonder if Cam Cameron will pay for the disappointing season.
Pointing the blame solely on Cam Cameron may not be entirely fair, but with the additions of Anquan Boldin, Donte Stallworth and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, mixed with an up and coming running back in Ray Rice, a Pro Bowl full back in Le’Ron McClain, a promising quarterback in Joe Flacco and a solid year from tight end Todd Heap, there is no reason that the Ravens should be ranked 14th in total offense, 15th in pass offense and 16th in run offense.
The identity of this powerful offense has never been established. It seems as though Cam Cameron has tried to make everyone happy, with passes spread to various receivers and a mix or rushes from Ray Rice. Unfortunately, those game plans never seem to correlate with the Ravens defensive opponent. Baltimore failed to establish the run against the Buffalo Bills, the 32nd ranked run defense in the league, but gave up on the pass for a running attack in the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL’s best run defense.
Cameron has also allowed to offense to fall asleep late in games with a lead. The Sunday Night matchup against the Steelers was no exception. The Ravens pounded the Pittsburgh secondary with an aggressive passing attack that included two receptions to Anquan Boldin for 75 yards, one for a touchdown, three to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and two to Ed Dickson in the first half. But in the second half, the Ravens scored just three points, then had two three and outs, a fumble and of course a turnover on downs. They held the ball for just three minutes and 41 seconds in the third quarter.
As Derrick Mason said, “If we were a good offense, we’d move the ball up and down the field. Especially with the people we have and the quarterback and the personnel we have. But we’re just not a good offense at times.”
At 8-4, the Ravens are looking at a Wild Card berth and would most likely play the Kansas City Chiefs on the road. Assuming that their offense continues to play at below their ability, it is my belief that Cam Cameron will fall on the sword and take the heat for the offensive failure during the most anticipated season in franchise history.