Cam’s Not Going To Joe’s Pancake Social

Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron had some fun with Joe Flacco’s conservative talk.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Thursday, December 29th, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Ravens Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron had some fun with his quarterback’s comments from Wednesday.

When asked about the offense’s second-half problems against the Cleveland Browns last Saturday, Flacco playfully jabbed at the media for complaining when the Ravens throw the ball too much while trailing, but not speaking up when “we, honestly, played conservative.”

“I wish you guys would help me out and start complaining that we played too conservative so it would put pressure on our coaches to not do that,” Flacco said.

Cameron was asked about it at his press conference Thursday.

“No. 1, I’m not going to listen to anything you guys say,” Cameron said with a chuckle, drawing laughter from reporters. “But I will listen to what Joe has to say.

“I thought about going and telling Joe, ‘Those words are hurtful. I’m not coming to the pancake social.’”

Clearly joking, Cameron was referring to the Geico television commercial with the caveman and Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo.

“That’s why Joe wins. I really believe that,” Cameron said. “He’s a competitor. He wants the ball in his hands every play that matters. And that’s the case most of the time.”

Flacco has on multiple occasions talked about how he feels the best teams in the NFL are passing-focused teams. The Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers are one example.  At the same time, he and Cameron have both stated the importance of running the ball, especially with Pro Bowler Ray Rice in the backfield.

Cameron didn’t think he was overly conservative against the Browns. The Ravens had a 20-point, second-half lead so Cameron decided to put the ball in Rice’s hands and let a defense that had stuffed the Browns for most of the game do the rest. 

The Ravens ran the ball 22 times in the second half compared to 12 passing attempts. They threw just as many times in the first half – when they built a 17-point lead – as the second half.

“Every now and then I’m going to look out [to the field], and I’ll even say to Joe, I’ll beep in and say, ‘Hey, I’m being a little conservative here,’” Cameron said. “I didn’t say that a lot the other day to be honest with you.”

The strategy seemed to be working, but a punt return for a touchdown and an interception that set up a 12-play Browns drive led to a sweat-inducing 20-14 victory.

The Ravens took shots down the field in the second half and Head Coach John Harbaugh said the offense would have had drive-extending first downs had passes not been dropped.

“If we ever are conservative, it’s probably somewhat calculated,” Cameron said. “But it has nothing to do, at least from the play-caller’s standpoint, with what Joe Flacco has done. Sometimes it’s just common sense.

“The other day, sometimes lack of execution can make you look probably more conservative than you want to be.”

Cameron has long since moved on to the Cincinnati Bengals.

“We’re going to do what we need to do and run the offense we need to run to win the game, and people can figure out how they view it,” he said.

“But I know this, Joe and I will be on the same page.”

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