With the way the Ravens played this season and with the final result, it’s no surprise that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is on the hot seat as the team begins to evaluate the players and staff.
John Harbaugh said he would retain both coordinators and the rest of his staff at Monday’s news conference, but that hasn’t stopped fans and the media from speculating that things could change once the head coach sits down with owner Steve Bisciotti.
Comcast SportsNet’s Brent Harris has now added some fuel to the flames, saying he believes that the Ravens will dismiss Cam Cameron and hire former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress. Ravens Insider Aaron Wilson has also suggested that Jim Zorn will not return next season, either, so maybe the team isn’t as happy as they seem with the progress of Joe Flacco.
While it is merely speculation, not too many Ravens fans would consider that an upgrade. While Childress obviously won’t be the team’s head coach, his lack of control over the players in Minnesota is alarming to say the least. He certainly didn’t leave Minnesota with any support from the players, who all seemed less than pleased to play for him.
The hiring of Childress would make some sense because he’s an Andy Reid/Philadelphia guy who spent time on the same coaching staff as John Harbaugh The two are familiar with each other, making a reunion at least a possibility.
There are some out there that believe playcalling is overrated, but coaching is often the difference in the NFL. The Ravens refused to throw the ball over the middle of the field the entire season, then finally started to do it in the playoffs and had a lot of success. They torched Kansas City in the first round and did the same to Pittsburgh in the first half, but then got away from it after Ray Rice fumbled in the third quarter. The rest is history.
Players have to go out and execute, but they also have to be put in the best position possible to succeed. The Ravens have struggled in that area throughout the season, and the players haven’t hid their displeasure for Cameron’s play-calls. Certainly Cameron isn’t hiding his displeasure with all of the dropped balls from Saturday’s game, and there is certainly a lot of blame that should be assigned to those wide receivers for choking in critical situations.
Nonetheless, the job of the coach is still to put together the best game plan possible to beat the opponent in that given week, and there is little doubt that Cameron and even Greg Mattison have been inconsistent in their approach. Considering the team has made no progress over the past three years, it seems like it’s time for a change. However, it’s most likely the Ravens will stick with the same coaching staff, including Cameron, for one more season.