On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Dec. 03, 2016 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST Ravens Report Hosted by WUSA-TV's Kristen Berset, Ravens Report, the flagship program of the Baltimore Ravens that showcases life in the NFL. Created by Ravens Productions, this magazine-style show features behind-the-scenes access to Ravens players and coaches as they prepare for each week's opponent.
  • Sat., Dec. 03, 2016 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST Ravens Report See the plays, hear the sideline conversations and feel the hits on Ravens Wired, the only behind-the-scenes show featuring a Ravens player wired for sound during each week's game. Go behind the Ravens bench for in-game adjustments and inside the locker room for Head Coach John Harbaugh's post-game speech. Produced by Ravens Productions, Ravens Wired is hosted by WBAL-TV's Keith Mills.
  • Sun., Dec. 04, 2016 1:00 AM - 1:30 AM EST Ravens Unscripted Ravens beat writers Ryan Mink and Garrett Downing join our host to tackle the latest Ravens headlines and hottest topics. Each week's show, brought to you by Ravens Productions, also features a special guest, including prominent sports media, front office staff, players or other Ravens insiders.
  • Sun., Dec. 04, 2016 12:30 PM EST Live Game Audio Broadcast Listen to the live WBAL broadcast of the Dolphins vs. Ravens on BaltimoreRavens.com.
  • Sun., Dec. 04, 2016 4:10 PM EST Live Post Game Presser John Harbaugh and key players will address the media following the game.
  • Mon., Dec. 05, 2016 4:00 PM EST Live John Harbaugh Presser Ravens head coach John Harbaugh will address the media.
  • Tue., Dec. 06, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST Purple Wine & Dine The night will include appetizers, a gourmet dinner served in front of each attendee by our stadium chefs, open bar and a custom Ravens giveaway. Ravens players will be in attendance to meet with all attendees, sign autographs, take photographs and mingle throughout the evening.
  • Wed., Dec. 07, 2016 12:30 PM EST Live Press Conference Head coach John Harbaugh and key players will address the media following practice.
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 3:00 PM EST Army vs. Navy Football Don't miss one of the greatest events you can ever attend! The Army-Navy Game presented by USAA returns to M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, December 10, 2016
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST Ravens Report Hosted by WUSA-TV's Kristen Berset, Ravens Report, the flagship program of the Baltimore Ravens that showcases life in the NFL. Created by Ravens Productions, this magazine-style show features behind-the-scenes access to Ravens players and coaches as they prepare for each week's opponent.

News

Print
RSS

Cam Cameron Offers His Philosophy On Balance

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Cam Cameron suggests that there’s an element of preserving Ray Rice for the long haul.


Balance.

It’s something everybody wants, all the way from Ravens fans to Ravens coaches.

But it’s not a statistic that ensures victory, nor should it be judged on a game-by-game basis, Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron said Tuesday. Balance should be looked at when the season is over.

“We’re always wanting to be as balanced as we can be, but it’s not going to be the same every week,” Cameron said Tuesday. “Balance isn’t as big of a priority for us as it is for everybody else, I can just tell you that.”

Cameron formulates the game plan each week based on what he feels will work best against the opposing defenses’ weaknesses and tendencies. It’s not about trying to get a 50/50 split.

“It’s about attacking the defense we’re playing,” he said. “We may throw it every down some games. If we think that’s what we need to do to win the game, that’s what we’re going to do.

“We want to be balanced over the course of time, but every given week, in all likelihood, we’re not going to be balanced.”

Here’s the Ravens’ track record of balance over the past four years:

2008 – 433 passes, 592 rushes (most rushes in the NFL)
2009 – 510 passes, 468 rushes
2010 – 491 passes, 487 rushes
2011 – 544 passes, 459 rushes

Of the four seasons, the Ravens offense posted its lowest offensive ranking (22nd in average yards per game) in 2010 when they were the most balanced. The unit’s two best statistical years were in 2009 (13th) and 2011 (15th) when it passed the most.

Cameron also pointed to his track record in regards to giving the ball to running back Ray Rice, another topic of frequent debate in Baltimore.

Rice has touched the ball more than any non-quarterback in the NFL over the past two seasons.

Last year, he led the league in touches with 367 (291 rushes, 76 receptions). In 2010, he was second to Houston’s Arian Foster with 370 touches. He ran a career-high 307 times. In 2009, Rice had 332 touches, finishing fifth in the league. He wasn’t a full-time starter in 2008.

“If we as a staff gave Ray Rice the ball as much as everybody wants us to, he would wind up like the rest of the backs in this league,” Cameron said, making a reference to tailbacks who break down early in their careers.

“We’re not going to let that happen.”

While Baltimore isn’t going to be over-protective of Rice, Cameron made it clear that he’s also mindful of the load he puts on his franchise running back, who signed a five-year contract extension this offseason.

“I think there’s a sweet spot on how much you can use a three-down back in this business over a 20-game-plus season,” Cameron said. “We think we’ve found that sweet spot for him.”

Against New England, Rice ran the ball 20 times for 101 yards. He caught five passes for 49 yards. In a loss to Philadelphia the week prior, Rice ran 16 times for 99 yards and caught six passes for 53. He had his fewest touches (13) in Baltimore’s Week 1 offensive explosion and blowout win.

Last year, Rice ran all over the Browns. He rushed 29 times for 204 yards and a touchdown in Week 13, then followed that up with 23 carries for 87 yards and three catches for 48 yards (including a 42-yard touchdown) three weeks later.

That doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a heavy serving of Rice this week, however.

“This is a different [Browns] team, different year,” Cameron said. “I think everybody knows, every week in this league takes on, almost, a life of its own.”

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Recent Videos

Recent Photos