had held onto that touchdown pass in the
would still be the offensive coordinator of the
. Maybe if
had a slightly faster mental stopwatch when he’s in the pocket, the Ravens would be 10-3 and it would be business as usual this week at the Ravens facility.
There are all sorts of things that led up to the decision to replace Cameron with quarterbacks coach
The Redskins offense was imaginative and exciting and, in comparison, the Ravens – even on what started out to be a very good day for Joe Flacco and
The Redskins, even with an emergency quarterback, got receivers open in big situations and made big plays, most notably the touchdown pass and two-point conversion by
Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan outguessed the Ravens when it counted. Cameron's offense went three-and-out after winning the toss and getting the ball first in overtime. It certainly wasn't his fault that the Ravens had a rare special teams breakdown on the ensuing punt, but I'm sure I wasn't the only one wondering why he called a vanilla run on a second-and-long situation on that first overtime series to put Flacco in another pressure-packed third down situation.
Those are the times when the big-time quarterbacks in good systems pick apart tired defensive secondaries, but the Ravens offense that already had let the Redskins off the hook with two turnovers in the third quarter just went to sleep again at crunch time. Between the flashes of brilliance from Flacco, Rice and
The Ravens need a new guy to call the plays and put together the gameplan.
It’s not all Cameron’s fault, of course.
If they wanted to give themselves a chance to go deep into the postseason, they had to do something in a hurry. Who knows if Caldwell can put the wheels back on the offense, but somebody has to try.