Late For Work 1/25: Many Think Cam Could Return

Pollard hopes Giants thrash Pats; Rice, Reed make Any Era team, Ngata pulls out of Pro Bowl.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 at 9:24 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Many Think Cam Could Return

Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron’s contract expires this offseason and reports, including from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, indicate there is no extension on the table at the moment.

A decision doesn’t seem likely this week, as a majority of the Ravens coaches left for the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., almost immediately after the AFC championship loss.

With the coaches out of town, one of the most talked about topics is whether Ravens brass and Cameron will agree to a new contract.

There are plenty opinions, but no consensus on what might happen. That said, many think there’s a possibility he could return.

Cam called a great year: “You can’t decide what the organization is going to do, but I know that Cam called a great game and we overcame a lot of things this season with Cam as our coordinator and that’s without having the offseason. Cam called a great year on my behalf. I had the best year of my career and we had a lockout. Whatever happens, me and Cam have a relationship and that’s up to the organization and whatever they plan on doing.” – Running Back Ray Rice, per ProFootballTalk.com

Yes, Cam will return, he’s been successful:  “The short answer is: I do [think Cam will be back]. Sure, Cameron and his play-calling have been the subject of much scrutiny – and scorn – from lots of Ravens fans over the last few years. And the state of his relationship with quarterback Joe Flacco has also been endlessly debated. (For the record, I don’t think it’s nearly as tense and adversarial as some people think.) But why would the Ravens get rid of their offensive coordinator after posting a great 12-4 regular-season record and nearly winning the AFC championship game? … I’m not saying it couldn’t happen. But it doesn’t make sense to me.” – Kevin Cowherd, The Baltimore Sun

A parting could be mutual; Cam has taken offense to two AFC title games:  “Mortensen reported Sunday that a new deal is not being discussed. But those discussions could always begin. If a parting occurs, it might be mutual. Cameron has taken a lot of heat in his four years, even though his offense helped the Ravens to a pair of AFC title-game appearances. He might want to get a fresh start where he’s more appreciated. And the Ravens might decide a new offensive approach is a good idea as Joe Flacco matures. On the other hand, [Harbaugh] is loyal to Cameron, who is more responsible than anyone else for Flacco’s development. Cameron’s offense ranked 15th in the league this season and ended on a strong note, moving the ball freely against the Patriots.” - John Eisenberg, CSNBaltimore.com

Harbaugh will take a hard look: “I think John Harbaugh is going to look hard at the apparent disconnect on offense, because the Ravens should be more productive than they are. It’ll be interesting to see what decision he makes, because the offense clicked well against the Patriots, and if Lee Evans hung onto that ball, they’d likely be going to the Super Bowl. What Harbaugh has to measure is whether Cam Cameron is maximizing the talents of Joe Flacco, and if the team should switch either to a different offense, or to an offense that would be more multiple than the one Cameron runs.” – Peter King, Sports Illustrated

Pollard Hopes Giants Put ‘Thrashing On’ Pats

Safety Bernard Pollard has a history of thrashing the New England Patriots.

Now he hopes the Giants will pick up where he left off in the Super Bowl.

“I really hope the Giants – I just hope they just put a thrashing on the Patriots,” Pollard said yesterday on KILT-AM in Houston, according to SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I really do. To lose to a team like that (with) the way we played. We played a good game.”

Pollard said he thinks New York’s defense is good enough to slow Tom Brady and the offense, and hopes the G-men watch the film from the AFC championship game to gain an edge.

“The dinking and the dunking, man? It’s just not going to happen,” he said. “They are going to have to take shots down the field. I think the Giants watch our film and watch the film of the season. They gotta take away their big-time players. [Tight end Rob] Gronkowski, I think he is coming off that ankle, so I don’t know if he will be 100 percent.”

Pollard’s history against the Pats is well-documented. He was the main catalyst behind ending both Brady and Wes Welker’s seasons with knee injuries in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Then he temporarily knocked Gronkowski out of the game Sunday, by twisting “that” ankle during a tackle.

“Everyone knows Bernard Pollard was sent from the future to destroy the Patriots’ dynasty,” wrote NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus. “That’s (probably) not true, though it sometimes feels that way.”

Rice, Reed Make ‘Any Era’ Team

ESPN is unveiling 20 players they believe have the toughness to play in any period in NFL history.

The “Any Era” team was assembled by votes from 20 Hall of Fame players.

Coming in at Nos. 14 and 13 are Rice and safety Ed Reed, respectively.

Perhaps just as fun as reading what Hall of Famers have to say about Rice and Reed (which you can read about here and here) are the Photoshop images of the two playing against teams from different eras.

Who would win the matchup between Mike Singletary and Rice? And would Hall of Famer Lynn Swann be able to evade Ed Reed?

 

Ngata Not Attending Pro Bowl

Defensive tackle Halot Ngata will not be attending the Pro Bowl Sunday, and has been replaced by the Dolphins’ Paul Soliai.

Ngata told Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times that he battled a thigh injury for the majority of the season.

Rice (family reasons) and Terrell Suggs (injury) have also pulled out of the Pro Bowl.

Reed, guards Marshal Yanda and Ben Grubbs (elevated from alternate status), fullback Vonta Leach and linebacker Ray Lewis are still listed by the NFL to attend.

UPDATE: Reed is no longer slated to play in the Pro Bowl. He will be replaced by Steelers safety Ryan Clark. Wilson reports that is not a surprise, “considering his nerve impingement in his neck, shoulder injury and left ankle sprain.”

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