Every week, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of
You might have heard by now that the Ravens relieved Cam Cameron of his duties on Monday, firing the embattled offensive coordinator amidst his fifth season in Baltimore and replacing him with Jim Caldwell.
I was the last media member to ask Cameron a question in a podium setting (last Thursday, he interrupted my question about
The Ravens won the toss and started overtime with the ball at their 25-yard line. The offense either punted the ball or gave it away to the Redskins for much of the second half, but they had scored a touchdown on their last real possession of the fourth quarter.
On 1st and 10, Cameron called for a shot down the field.
Boldin and Smith streaked down their respective sidelines in an attempt to draw the attention of the safeties. Pitta shook free of a jam and ran straight up the seam, but he couldn’t get separation from linebacker
On 2nd and 10, the Ravens attempted to get back on track.
The Ravens lined up in the same formation as their previous play and did the same pre-snap motion. But this time, Flacco handed the ball to Rice, who followed Leach between Osemele and Pitta for a four-yard gain. (Guard
On 3rd and 6, the Ravens were forced to throw the ball again.
For this play, wide receiver
Rice stayed in to block after the snap. The three wide receivers and Pitta ran vertical routes. Pitta hit the brakes at the 36-yard line and curled back, stopping just beyond the sticks. But that window quickly closed, and Smith and Jones could not get open on deep out routes, so Flacco tried to make something happen. He bumped into the back of one of his offensive linemen, spun around in the pocket then rolled to his right. Seeing that he only had one defender to beat, he ran toward the first-down marker, but he couldn’t elude linebacker
Meanwhile, in the middle of the field, Boldin was running open across the Redskins logo and was waving his arms in the air. The Redskins had double-teamed him, but he shook free of them when Flacco started to scramble. It would have been a tough throw on the run -- especially for Flacco, who isn’t exactly