With much consternation over the offensive play-calling swirling around the Ravens these days, one might think that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron would be an embattled figure with a continual grumpy look on his face as he walks through the hallways of the team's training facility in Owings Mills.
Quite the contrary, Cameron was in a chipper mood during his weekly media briefing this morning. In fact, he went so far as to assert that he enjoys the many comments from armchair quarterbacks about his play-calling.
"There are going to be game situations where if things don’t work out, you can always look back because we all know how it works," Cameron said. "Anything you didn’t do would have worked, but we all know that’s not true either. But that’s what makes this game so great. That’s why I love being a play-caller. I love being in the situation that I’m in because everybody wants to be a play-caller and everybody has the call that you need to have made, and I’m no different. I’m just fortunate to have been doing this since I was 15 years old, and I’ve experienced all these things after you get beat – what you didn’t do, you should’ve done. But we as coaches and players, we look at it as we’ve got to execute better. You’ve got to look and say, ‘Whatever the circumstances and the plays that were called, could we have executed at a higher level to help us win that game?’ The players here are saying, ‘Absolutely.’ And the coaches are sitting there saying, ‘We could’ve given them some better opportunities.’ And that’s why we’ll eventually pull out of this thing."
Cameron then paused before continuing. "Does that make sense to you guys?" he asked. "I love the fact that everybody’s that interested in what we’re doing. But we all know and we’ve got to remember that everything you didn’t do is not always the answer to solving whatever happened in the game. I think you guys all know that."
When another reporter then asked Cameron if he enjoyed the suggestions from fans, he replied, "I love it. I love it because if you live in my world or the NFL quarterback world, it’s 365 days a year. That’s what we get. If I go to Five Guys, I’m telling you, somebody is either telling me what a great call or why didn’t you make this call. I’m getting one of the two. And I go there usually every Friday afternoon or Saturday. And now they know I’m coming. So that’s what makes it great, the love and how everybody’s excited about it and football. I think the minute you can’t handle that criticism at this position, it’s time to move on. I love it personally."