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So Why was Cam Cameron Brought Back Again?

It’s a question that I’ve been asking for the past several days and I’m slowly realizing that I’m in the minority in my opinion that Baltimore should have not re-signed Cam as the Offensive Coordinator.

Most fans point to the simple fact that Ravens were a few seconds and a dropped pass away from playing this weekend in a Super Bowl. Plus if Billy Cundiff makes a relatively easy Field Goal who knows what happens in Overtime. Why get rid of Cameron now when the team was so close to achieving its goal of a championship?

While that point has some validity I prefer to look at Cam Cameron’s entire 4-year run as the leader of the Baltimore offense in assessing if he should be retained and not just one or a few games.

Luckily for me there are others that do agree with me, like Scot Kleinfeld at Ravens 24 x 7 who lays out quite a compelling argument as to why Cameron should not have been brought back.

Let’s Take a Look at the Numbers.

Statistic
2008 / (rank)
2009 / (rank)
2010 / (rank)
2011 / (rank)
Regular season PPG
24.1 (11)
24.4 (9)
22.3 (16)
23.6 (12)
Post season PPG
18 (3 gms) (6)
18 (2 gms) (8)
27 (2 gms) (4)
20 (2 gms) (T-8)
Games scoring 20 pts. or less*
8
8
8
8
Rush Yards / game
148.5 (4)
137.5 (5)
114.4 (14)
124.8 (10)
Pass Yards / game
175.5 (28)
213.7 (18)
208.4 (20)
213.9 (19)
3rd Down %
41% (T-12)
42% (T-10)
39% (16)
42% (T-7)
Red Zone %
48.3% (22)
51.6% (15)
49.1% (22)
50% (T-18)
Rush % of total plays
55.9%
46.1%
47.8%
44.3%
Pass % of total plays
44.1%
53.9%
52.2%
55.7%
Flacco QB Rating
80.3 (22)
88.9 (13)
93.6 (7)
80.9 (18)

* Includes playoff games

So just ask yourself this question, Is this offense better than it was when Cam Cameron inherited it?

I’m not sure how you can answer yes to that question. This group has scored fewer points over that span while the 3rd Down Conversion rate and Red Zone percentage have remained constant. Another glaring negative is that the team averages scoring less than 20 points in almost half their game every season. Is that the sign of an offense headed in the right direction?

I don’t think so.

I can understand the concept of continuity especially from a franchise that usually has it’s coaches on one side of ball get promotions almost every season. I can also acknowledge the fact that Cam has been a part of a lot of success with John Harbaugh, 49 Wins (Including playoffs) is pretty impressive an he deserves some credit. However I also think a case needs to be made for improvement over time and I just haven’t seen it. Not when you have better personnel.

So what do you guys think? Do you agree with the Ravens decisions to rehire Cameron?


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