Cameron: Audibles Are Overrated

Joe Flacco had a big moment against the Steelers. Is being able to audible the next step?

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, October 7th, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Many have said that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco took a big step in his last-minute drive against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Is the next step in his development the ability to audible at the line of scrimmage?

Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron doesn’t think so.

“Audibling is overrated. It really is,” Cameron told reporters on Thursday. “I mean, it’s good to talk about, and I could sit here and let you guys think we do all this audibling and how clever we are and how tricky we are and all that stuff. It depends on how teams are playing you.

“We’re better off calling a play, making sure everybody knows what that play is and executing that play. That’s what’s best for us right now.”

In fact, Cameron said Flacco changed plays on the fly more during his rookie season in 2008.

Now, Flacco is showing maturity by accomplishing what Cameron calls from the sideline considering what the defense shows.

With all of Flacco’s new weapons joining the offense, such as Anquan Boldin, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and the rookie tight ends, Cameron said sticking to the original plan is key.

“We could, if we chose to, audible with him every down,” Cameron said. “But if it doesn’t fit who you’re playing, why do it? And we try to tactfully mix when we do it and when we don’t do it, but we also like just calling a play.

“Especially with new guys, just get up and call a play. Read the defense and let Joe do his thing.”

But that’s as far as Cameron would go towards explaining Flacco’s audible process.

So as to not tip his offensive hand, the longtime NFL coordinator was cryptic when further discussing what goes into an audible.

“First of all, don’t believe anything I’m going to tell you. We understand that?” Cameron asked. “The bottom line is we don’t audible now nearly as much as we did as a rookie.

“That may be true, but there’s no chance that I’m telling you, right? There’s just no chance.”

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