The pressure’s squarely on Cam now

Boy, what a thrilling Pro Bowl, huh?

There were eight total turnovers, nobody was interested in making a tackle, the NFC led 42-0 in the second quarter ... and I watched about 12 seconds worth of the action.

Why do I have a feeling that’s 12 seconds more than most sports fans stuck around for?

Something has to be done to make the Pro Bowl more watchable. I won’t pretend to be smart enough to know what the secret formula is, but those in charge of the event need to come up with some new ideas to spice things up.

There’s no reason why the tens of millions of football fans across the country (heck, the world) should be left so incredibly bored by the NFL’s all-star game.

In the wake of this weekend’s surprising Joe Flacco-prompted drama, I had one more thought on the offensive situation that I wanted to pass along.

When the Ravens decided to retain offensive coordinator Cam Cameron for the 2011 season, it was clear that there would be plenty of pressure on the 27-year coaching veteran to get the Baltimore offense back on track.

Yeah, Dan, ya think?

Then, Jim Zorn was fired as quarterbacks coach, and it was announced Cameron would play a bigger role in helping coach up the QBs. That meant more heat would fall on Cameron in 2011.

To top it off, Flacco was critical of the firing, and said he would have preferred it if Zorn would have been allowed to stick around and continue to work with the Ravens’ signal callers. Those comments shoveled even more pressure on Cameron to connect with his quarterback and get things heading in a positive direction.

Add it all up, and I’m left feeling like the tall, red-headed guy coming up with the Ravens’ offensive schemes will have more eyes watching his every move than will any other coordinator in the NFL.

Yes, Cameron has an opportunity to turn things around and show that - to borrow a line from Dennis Green - he is who the Ravens thought he was.

If Flacco puts together a Pro Bowl-caliber season, Cameron will get much of the credit. But if positive steps aren’t made, he’ll likely get all the blame.

Head coach John Harbaugh made the decision to keep Cameron for next season, and he’ll also be helping Cameron draw up the weekly offensive game plans during the year, so he’ll shoulder some of the load as well.

But Harbaugh is set to receive a contract extension sometime in the near future. Regardless of what happens next season, his job is secure for a little while.

The same can’t be said for Cameron. He was on shaky ground throughout parts of this season, and now that he’s been handed even more responsibility over the last couple weeks, it could only get worse unless improvements are made in 2011.

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