Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron responded to Joe Flacco’s criticism that the media should get on the coaching staff for being too conservative in last Saturday’s 20-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns, adding some humor of his own.
“Number one, I’m not going to listen to anything you guys say,” Cameron said in his weekly talk with reporters, via The Baltimore Sun. “But no, we’ll listen to what Joe has to say. I almost thought of telling Joe, ‘Those words are hurtful. You’re not coming to the pancake social.’”
The Ravens went without a score in the game’s final 21 minutes, and Flacco threw the ball just four times in the game’s final quarter with the Browns trying to make up a 20-point deficit.
Flacco was asked on Wednesday about the team’s second-half offensive struggles and responded by saying:
“We kind of came out and we, honestly, played conservative. When we didn’t, we missed a couple of plays, whether it was a drop or a missed throw here. I wish you guys would help me out and start complaining that we played too conservative so it would put pressure on our coaches to not do that.”
His relationship with Cameron this season has been a rocky one to say the least. So, any statement he makes about his offensive coordinator, especially when it comes to the play-calling, has drawn publicity and debate.
“That’s why Joe wins. I really believe that,” Cameron said. “He’s a competitor. He wants the ball in his hands every play that matters and that’s the case most of the time. Every now and then … and I even say to Joe, ‘Hey now, I’m being a little conservative here.’ I didn’t say that a lot the other day to be honest with you. We’re playing a team offense. You look at out there, look at how your defense is playing, the special teams, you factor all those things in. I think that’s why we win. But at the same time, if we are ever conservative – this is probably the only thing that I’ll ever add to that – it’s probably somewhat calculated, but it has nothing to do at least from the play caller’s standpoint [with]anything that Joe Flacco’s doing. Sometimes, it’s just some common sense.”
Cameron went on to talk about the lack of execution, which made the Ravens offense appear more conservative than they planned to be.
“With that being said, we move on to Cincinnati. You guys know. They are a very good football team and we’re going to do what we need to do and run the offense we need to run to win the game,” he said. “But I know this, Joe and I will be on the same page.”
In any case, it’s time for both parties to step up, put their differencs aside and find a way to co-exist so this Ravens team can ultimately get where they to go.