Friday, January 18, 2013
How Caldwell turned around Ravens offense
By Jamison Hensley
Ravens coach John Harbaugh wouldn't say specifically why he fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron last month, and Harbaugh won't say specifically what offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is doing differently than Cameron.
But there is a difference in the Ravens offense, especially when you look at the production. In 13 games this season with Cameron, the Ravens averaged 344.3 yards per game. In five games under Caldwell, Baltimore is recording 416.2 yards per game. As a point of reference, the Ravens' average yards per game under Caldwell would rank second in the NFL this season, only behind the Patriots (427.9).
So, why are the Ravens putting up such big numbers with Caldwell?
"One thing that coach [Jim] has done for us is that he lets us go out there, and we have a game plan," running back Ray Rice said. "Regardless of the situation, we have been sticking with it. Joe [Flacco] can tell you that we go in there with a plan that we are capable of executing."
The Ravens set a franchise postseason record with 439 yards of total offense in the wild-card victory over the Colts. That record lasted six days, as the Ravens broke it with a 479-yard performance in the double-overtime win at Denver (Baltimore had 412 yards of total offense when regulation ended).
Caldwell said his success comes from taking input from all of the offensive coaches and getting the players to execute better than they did earlier in the season.
"It doesn’t all rest on one guy and one guy making a difference in the system," Caldwell said. "These guys are mature and fought and worked over the years to get where they are. I just see everybody getting a little bit better at what they do and I’m happy to be a part of it.”