It is no secret that the Baltimore Ravens are a very good football organization. However, regarding the recent firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, I can only say one thing.
Is Cameron a good offensive football mind? Sure. However, he had it all wrong with the Ravens offense. I mean, when you have a top three runner in football, you need to build the play-calling around him, first and foremost. Ray Rice is just averaging 16.7 rushing attempts per game through Week 14, which is lower than his career average of 18.4. The team is a staggering 24-5 when Rice carries the ball 20 times or more. Coincidence? I think not.
Under Cameron, the Ravens often ran a no huddle offense. My question is why? Joe Flacco isn’t the type of quarterback you’d want leading a no huddle offense, in my opinion. This style of offense took a significant amount of touches away from Rice, hindering his fantasy value for owners. It should be interesting to see if they continue to implement the no huddle under new offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, who supported it all year long. However, if he wants this offense to be successful, they must run through their stud from Rutgers.
Also, fantasy owners have been a bit frustrated of seeing a fair amount of Bernard Pierce. Yes, every team obviously needs a change of pace back, but when under the no huddle, Pierce tends to stay on the field, keeping Rice on the sidelines. And even if you are going to continue using the no huddle, Caldwell needs to make sure Rice is on the field, as his receiving skills out of the backfield are among the best in football. It’s all in the statistics, when Rice is on the field, the Ravens win ball games. Not to mention, so do your fantasy teams.
It’ll be intriguing to see if the play-calling does in fact change, but one thing is certain. This ball club won’t go far in the playoffs without using Rice as their bell-cow.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.
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