Big-play opportunity for Cameron, Ravens

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Cam Cameron can't afford to think about the past today because he has too many problems in the present.
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Since: Aug 08

Chestertown, MD

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#1
Oct 19, 2008
 
You keep thinking that Cam. We've heard it before. Not that us fans aren't optimistic about things. Many of us loved Billick and what he did for this franchise but felt that we needed an offensive overhaul, from personnel to playcalling, something Billick was not willing to give up.

But we all knew that this would take some time.

Sometimes, I take a look at the overhaul of pulls and screens that Cam calls and I scratch my head, because against a team such as Indy, I would have expected him to minimize their speed with power running up the middle. However, I understand that this offense doesn't need spoonfuls. It needs an OVERHAUL. With that being said, Cam needs to implement heavy dosages that he is, because he needs to see who can swim and who will sink. From the look of things, the offensive line is set for the future. We have a young running back with a great burst through the open hole(rice) and RB/FB guy who can run you over(McClain) and a Veteran wide reciever who, arguably( outside of Marvin Harrison perhaps), runs the best routes in the league and has exceptional hands(Mason). We have a young quarterback who can make every throw on the field with more running ability that most expected. He has shown a rookie's vision, but that will improve over time. Just look at how quickly he has picked up the offense. Flacco just needs a better grasp of the ratio between the defender's close in speed and the strength of his throw, which will come with practice.

Everything else on this offense...uh....I don't know what to tell you. Heap has become a physical liability. Clayton lacks the toughness, consistency and doesn't run the best routes. Williams is a taller more athletic version of Clayton and Williams tends to short arm alot of passes as well. You would think that at his height he would pull alot more down. He's not tall and big, but neither is Randy Moss. Not saying that he should be Moss, but you know what I mean.

I can see that McGahee may have friction with the new regime. It's just a feeling that I have based on what all's been going on.

Ozzie, Harbaugh and Cameron will need to do a lot of work this offseason.

As a fan, I love ya Oz, but you need to come through this offseason big time.

Since: Aug 08

Chestertown, MD

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Oct 19, 2008
 
Here is what I propose, though there is no guarantee to go on to know that this could happen.

Stock pile on draft picks.

Trade McGahee. This was an experiment that went "okay", but it would be better to count our loses now. Running backs come by so often and go so quickly, to think that McGahee will continue to persevere through countless injuries(One of which in college that he shouldn't even have got back on the field from), would be a big risk. Trade McGahee for draft picks. Yes, I know, Oz got him for draft picks, but none of them were very high considering the circumstances. If we can get some back, dealing with the different of one late round draft pick would not be the end of the world.

Trade Todd Heap. Something I would never thought I'd say, but I say do it. Especially if his numbers manage to blow up later this year. Now, that doesn't sound like it makes sense at first glance, but can we really rely on a proven injury issue to be healthy for the two or three years? Take what you can get for him. I'd rather stick with Wilcox(Who has our only TD reception) and for Quinn(wait for him to get healthy) then to wait for Heap who seems to be made of glass.

And that's just the offense.
Mike B

Waynesboro, PA

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#3
Oct 19, 2008
 
you are only as good as the talent you have to work with, Harbaugh would have been more on point had he said Cameron has done a good job with what he has to work with on the Ravens roster . Cameron has the same no-talent bunch of bums that the Ravens have had for years. What is that old saying?"You are a fool if you keep doing the same thing expecting diferent results", If the Rvens are going to get any better thay have to get rid of the "Bum" talent they have on offense, remember Cameron had TALENT to work within San Diego!
Bob

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Oct 19, 2008
 
Waite until next season !..They will be much improved !! Hey..new system..new coaching..it takes time...but it will come around ..
Sun Columnist

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Oct 19, 2008
 
Still, Cameron said "without question" that the Ravens have the players in place to stretch a defense.
Yea, they "have the players in place". It's just some other place because they sure aren't on this team. I'm finally starting to believe that it doesn't matter who CALLS the plays, but who EXECUTES the plays and it's obvious we don't have the talent on offense to EXECUTE.
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#6
Oct 19, 2008
 
The future is the future. Today we have a game. After the last 3 weeks 2 of which were as tough a loss as possible, and then the no effort against the Kolts. Today we need to kick ***. We have a great defense? Than lets prove it and play 4 quarters. As far as the offense, it's time to score. Hell, it's only football. Let's score. If we are the "RAVENS" than we should go down there AND kick a**.
Kelly

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Oct 19, 2008
 
Bob wrote:
Waite until next season !..They will be much improved !! Hey..new system..new coaching..it takes time...but it will come around ..
Two games into the season most fans were talking playoffs. Now everyone is talking next year. What happened? We got two easy wins and then had to play some real football teams. This team is 4 years away from even seeing the playoffs so stop day dreaming.
Macadamia

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#8
Oct 19, 2008
 
The Chargers had LT, Gates, and an OL as well as receivers better than ours. We are seriously lacking in offensive playmakers. McGahee has been banged up and looks slow. Heap is a non-factor after two prior injury-marred seasons. D-Mase is our only WR worth a damn. It's going to be another long year offensively.
Mongo

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#9
Oct 19, 2008
 
Aside from the Colts game, this team was 2 turnovers away from beating the Stillers and the Titans. Those turnovers came as a result of passing plays, marking a significant difference from the Billick regime. Billick, who largely built the team as it stands, would have sat on the lead in each of those games, run the ball almost exclusively, and relied on the foot of the punter and the Baltimore D to win the field position battle. Looks like Cameron is determined to change the offensive scheme regardless of the personnel limitations.

Expect some more heartbreak losses this year. Also, might as well get the backup WRs involved and see who can run routes, get open, and perhaps catch a ball downfield.
Gary

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#10
Oct 19, 2008
 
Prediction:

NC State – 27
Maryland - 10

Maryland will finish with a 5-7 record.

Penn State will crush Maryland in recruiting this year - I am so happy that Penn State is ranked number 3 in the country - and soon to be ranked number one.

I am happy that Maryland is no longer recruiting Tavon Austin.

Jelani Jenkins, Travis Hawkins and Isaac Holmes will be signing with the University of Florida.

Go Tar Heels
Cut_Clayton _Now

San Antonio, TX

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Oct 19, 2008
 
Gary wrote:
Prediction:
NC State – 27
Maryland - 10
Maryland will finish with a 5-7 record.
Penn State will crush Maryland in recruiting this year - I am so happy that Penn State is ranked number 3 in the country - and soon to be ranked number one.
I am happy that Maryland is no longer recruiting Tavon Austin.
Jelani Jenkins, Travis Hawkins and Isaac Holmes will be signing with the University of Florida.
Go Tar Heels
"Yawn" Wrong thread numb nuts, this is the pro's not College. Anyhow Penn State verse Md. in recruiting? Gee you think? What a loser

Since: Jul 08

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Oct 20, 2008
 
Kelly wrote:
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Two games into the season most fans were talking playoffs. Now everyone is talking next year. What happened? We got two easy wins and then had to play some real football teams. This team is 4 years away from even seeing the playoffs so stop day dreaming.
hmmm that's funny, because i could've sworn that we've outplayed every team we've played this year except for the Colts. We even had the game against the undefeated Titans blatantly stolen from us by the ref....We could easily be 5-1. And considering the state of the AFC, as of rite now we're in the mix for a wild card spot. That's not opinion, that's fact. Look at the standings...so you, sir, must be day dreaming to count us out already.

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