Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.
September 18, 2011
We all know Cameron has been under a ton of pressure this season. He's been barbecued on message boards, on blogs, on talk radio and in the pages of The Sun. Some games, I think it's warranted, and other games, I think people blame him just because he makes a convenient and easy scapegoat.
But give the offensive coordinator some credit, too, for what he's done well. He's now called two very good games against Pittsburgh this season. And the last two games against Arizona and Pittsburgh, when it mattered the most, he's recognized the weak link on defense and picked on that person ruthlessly.
Against Arizona, the weak link was cornerback A.J. Jefferson, who simply could not cover Anquan Boldin. Against the Steelers on Sunday, it was cornerback William Gay, who couldn't cover anyone. Cameron shifted Boldin all over the field Sunday, but his decision to put Boldin in the slot in the second half gave the Ravens offense a much-needed boost. And when the Steelers made the decision to switch things up and put someone else on Boldin, Cameron called for Smith to go deep and Gay simply couldn't run with him.
If every time Flacco plays poorly, Cameron gets blamed, then he should get a little bit of credit when Flacco plays well. I know that's hard for Ravens fans to do, but Cameron deserves some praise. The Steelers thought they could play press coverage against the Ravens (probably because it worked for them against the Patriots), and Cameron countered that with some great calls on slants and go routes and quick outs. He didn't call a perfect game, because, obviously, the Ravens still have issues with their red-zone offense, but he made a lot of great calls with the game on the line.