Cameron: Nobody Wants Rice With The Ball More Than Me

Cameron believes Rice should have as many touches by season’s end as anyone in the league.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Categories: Garrett Downing, Week 11 vs Bengals

Amidst all the talk about the run-to-pass ratio in the Baltimore Ravens offense, one person who emphasized the importance of getting running back Ray Rice involved in the gameplan is Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron.

“There’s nobody who wants to get Ray the ball more than I do,” Cameron said Thursday.

The Ravens are coming off a game where they passed 52 times and Rice had just five carries, plus eight catches for a total of 13 touches.

Rice and some of his teammates said earlier this week that he should get more touches.

Cameron agrees.

“By the end of this season, he needs to be a guy that’s getting the ball as much or more as anybody in the league,” Cameron said. “That gives us the best chance to win.”

The lack of touches for Rice against Seattle was a factor of the circumstances, Cameron explained, as the Ravens fell behind early because of turnovers. Once they trailed 22-7 in the second-half, they had to try to move the ball through the air.

“We’d like to be more balanced, but circumstances, meaning score, field position, all those things factor in,” Cameron said.

Quarterback Joe Flacco, along with Head Coach John Harbaugh, supported the team’s run-pass ratio.

“We didn’t have a lot of possessions, we weren’t perfect, but we weren’t terrible either,” Flacco said. “When you look at the run-pass ratio, watch the football game, and you should understand why we threw the ball that many times and why we ran the ball that many times.”

The switch to almost entirely a passing offense worked against the Cardinals and nearly worked in Seattle.

Ideally, however, that’s not the way the offense wants to operate.

 “If you look at our two Pittsburgh games, if you look at the Jets game, if you look at the Texans game, that’s what we really want our offense to look like,”  Cameron said.

In those four victories, which came against teams with a combined 19-10 record, the Ravens offense was much more balanced:

Pittsburgh (35-7): 29 passes, 31 rushes
New York (34-17): 31  passes, 40 rushes
Houston (29-14): 33 passes, 30 rushes
Pittsburgh (23-20): 47 passes, 27 rushes

“We’re capable of executing both,” Cameron said. “We’ve got to get better, and when we get better I think you’ll see more balance.”

A key to running a more balanced offense is playing with a lead, which the Ravens didn’t do in losses to Tennessee and Seattle, and in the comeback victory over Arizona. In all of those games, turnovers were a key part of the problem.

“Our number one issue is ball security,” Cameron said. “Our goal is to keep our defense on the sideline, and if we put them back out there, make sure those men don’t have a short field behind them.”

Cameron said he understands fans’ frustrations and is focused on making Rice a key element in the offense, but also knows that evening out the run-pass ratio is not the most important challenge facing the team.

“Let’s get back to the fundamentals of how you win games in this league,” Cameron said, “and it’s not how you run or pass, it’s how you execute and how you work as a team.”

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