The hot topic of discussion among Ravens fans following their team’s playoff exit on Saturday has been the future of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
Despite the addition of wide receivers Anquan Boldin, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Donte’ Stallworth and two young, athletic tight ends, the Ravens’ offense dropped from 13th in the league in 2009 to 22nd this season.
They averaged 2.1 fewer points per game this season than in ‘09, and failed to show much improvement as the season went on, even as the newer additions got more comfortable in Cameron’s system.
On Monday, in his season-ending press conference, head coach John Harbaugh said that he was moving forward with Cameron as his offensive coordinator, and today, team owner Steve Bisciotti said he supports Harbaugh’s decision.
“I know that there’s been a lot of heat on Cam,” Bisciotti said. “John’s feeling is we like Cam under fire as our offensive coordinator next year. Sometimes it’s easier to replace him and the fans, their frustration can’t lead us to offer somebody up for sacrifice for the things that went wrong. Because I have a litany of examples of our defense letting us down, too, that caused a lot of these things.
“I’ll speak specifically to the Atlanta game when we came back on the road, and Joe threw two touchdown passes and scored 14 points in the fourth quarter against a very good team and the defense gave up a touchdown in the last 65 seconds. So, if you want to go through things, every position group had a failure, every coach had a failure, and it all added up to 13 wins and five losses. The fans legitimately can be frustrated, and (as) the frustration level is higher, the better we get.”
It sure looks like the main fall guy for the lackluster offensive effort this season was offensive line coach John Matsko, who was fired yesterday.
The Ravens were not happy with the performance of the O-line and their inability to get the running game going this season. More on that to come.