Cameron committed to getting ball to Rice

But offensive coordinator also wants to be balanced

November 18, 2011|By Edward Lee

In light of Ray Rice’s season-low five carries and 13 total touches in the Ravens’ 22-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, there’s been a fair amount of criticism directed toward offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and utilization of the Pro Bowl running back.

For his part, Cameron said he is committed to giving the ball to Rice.

“There is nobody that wants to get Ray [Rice] the ball more than I do, or we do as a staff,” Cameron said. “Sometimes circumstances dictate. Now you are starting to try to throw it to a guy instead of handing it to him. That has its challenges. In an overall sense, by the end of this season, he needs to be a guy who is getting the ball as much or more than anybody in the League. That gives us the best chance to win. Philosophically, you get the ball to your best players, and he is one of them. Whether it’s [wide receiver] Anquan [Boldin], [tight end] Ed Dickson, [tight end] Dennis [Pitta], [running back] Ricky [Williams], all of our guys. Hey, I feel you guys. I feel everybody when it comes to Ray, continually keeping him involved. I don’t know how he stacks up across the league. We really don’t care how he stacks up across the league. It’s bottom line, giving him an opportunity to help us win.”

That said, Cameron said his ultimate goal is brandishing an offense that can run and throw the ball and attack any defense.

“There are a lot teams – there is one in Denver, there is one in San Francisco – that are winning, and they are running it, running it, running it and setting up the pass. Then, there are other teams when that when you have a quarterback who can throw it, who is accurate, you have guys that can catch and run, and you have the ability to spread people out. For us, it’s a little bit of both,” he said. “We don’t need to revisit what we talked about earlier, but every team is a little bit different. Even with every team, every game can be a little bit different. You go against a great run defense, you might go one direction. If a team is struggling in pass defense, you might go another. We’d like to think at some point in time – hopefully sooner than later – we can do it either way. And I think we have proven we can do that.”

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