Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron responded to quarterback Joe Flacco's playful suggestion Wednesday that the media should get on the coaching staff for being too conservative last Sunday with some humor of his own.
"Number one, I'm not going to listen to anything you guys say," said Cameron in his weekly talk with reporters. "But no, we'll listen to what Joe has to say. I almost thought of telling Joe, 'Those words are hurtful. You're not coming to the pancake social.'"
The Ravens were held scoreless for the final 20 minutes, 50 seconds of a 20-14 win over Cleveland, and Flacco threw the ball just four times in the fourth quarter with the Browns trying to erase a 20-point, third-quarter deficit.
Asked about the team's second-half struggles, Flacco said, "We kind of came out and we, honestly, played conservative. When we didn't, we missed a couple of plays, whether it was a drop or a missed throw here. 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 laughed after he made the comments. However, the fourth-year quarterback's relationship with Cameron has been greatly scrutinized and any statement that he makes about the play-calling has always attracted great attention and debate.
"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. Every now and then … and I even say to Joe, 'Hey now, I'm being a little conservative here.' I didn't say that a lot the other day to be honest with you. We're playing a team offense. You look at out there, look at how your defense is playing, the special teams, you factor all those things in. I think that's why we win. But at the same time, if we are ever conservative – this is probably the only thing that I'll ever add to that – it's probably somewhat calculated, but it has nothing to do at least from the play caller's standpoint [with]anything that Joe Flacco's doing. Sometimes, it's just some common sense."
Cameron also alluded to a "lack of execution" making the Ravens look more conservative than they intended to look.
"With that being said, we move on to Cincinnati. You guys know. They are a very good football team and we're going to do what we need to do and run the offense we need to run to win the game," he said. "But I know this, Joe and I will be on the same page."