When some people think of coaches or in this case coordinators they might think of a mad scientist sitting scrunched over huddling around notes strewn across the room. Small diagrams litter the room. Beakers filled with purple liquid and smoke, lots of smoke.
A bolt of lightning. A loud scream.
Eureka! We have it – the magic play.
The play that will score every time, much like a touchdown cheat on Madden 2009. That one play that regardless of who calls it, runs it or tries to stop it will result in paydirt glory.
But, for years Ravens fans have been hungering for some of that video game scoring. Even dialing back to the championship season of 2000 (Has it been that long?) that offense was ahem, shall we say adequate or even watchable. The same offense led by Tony Banks, not the keyboard player from Genesis, but perhaps he may have had better footwork. Who was then replaced by the gritty but no less inconsistent Trent Dilfer. Coaches, Cavanaugh, Fassel or even Neuheisel. Take your pick. Were they all just a front for Supreme lord of the offense, Brian Billick? Weather it’s the players or the coaches, the bottom line was the watching the Ravens on offense was like listening to Ben Stein read the phone book. Predictable and Boring.
So when fans learned that offensive guru, Cam Cameron would be on the new coaching staff most Baltimore fans were looking at his work in San Diego and not that he just lead the hapless Dolphins to a 1-15 record. Baltimore will allow him to be our city’s football version of Ray Miller. Great specialist, lousy head coach. Will he wave his magic clipboard on produce touchdowns on Demand, Comcast style?
The way I see it the offense will be improved for at least a few reasons. The overall offensive scheme and mindset will be different. A true fresh perspective has been long overdue. No matter what new OC was called in they still were running Brian Billick’s offense. Dividing those duties should also provide better use of coaching resources. Cameron also appears to tailor the offense to the strengths to his personnel. Huh? A novel concept. We could see Troy Smith on plenty of rollouts or a solid dose of McGhee and Rice and certainly lots of Todd Heap. Whatever the case of who plays it at least appears that he will try and get the most out of them and put them in positions to succeed at what they do best.
Finally, we should remove some of the old predictability from the play calling. It’s always easy to second guess when a run gets stopped, you obviously should have passed. But, the early word was that Cameron had installed gadget plays, nothing but gadget plays. So, it should give the fans a little something that they aren’t used to on offense. Excitement and plenty of firepower.
That being said. They won’t be the Colts or Patriots overnight. It will take time. But, at least there should be more to watch on the offensive side instead of Matt Stover trotting out for another three.