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Slumping Ravens fire offensive coordinator Cameron


Slumping Ravens fire offensive coordinator Cameron

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Cam Cameron has been fired as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, who have lost two straight and are still striving for consistency in the running and passing game.

Cameron ran the team's offense since the start of the 2008 season, when current coach Jim Harbaugh replaced Brian Billick. Since that time, the Ravens' attack has repeatedly taken a back seat to the team's defense.

The move came Monday.

Jim Caldwell, who was hired as quarterbacks coach before the season, will assume Cameron's duties. Caldwell was head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-11.

Baltimore (9-4) scored seven points after halftime Sunday in a 31-28 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins. Quarterback Joe Flacco passed for only 182 yards, lost a fumble and was intercepted in the third quarter.

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Mark Andrews fumbles ball away during failed attempt to hurdle defender

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Mark Andrews fumbles ball away during failed attempt to hurdle defender

In any NFL game, there are plenty of obstacles to hurdle. Ravens tight ends have taken that literally this season, to mixed effect.

On occasion, the Ravens’ trio of tight ends have managed to add a few extra yards after the catch by hurdling a would-be tackler. Sometimes, it doesn’t go as well.

It’s always scary seeing huge NFL athletes high up in the air. What goes up must come down, and the potential for injury is rarely more pronounced than during an attempted hurdle.

Ball security is typically a lesser concern, but it certainly was an issue for Andrews on this play. This was the second consecutive week the Ravens have turned the ball over in their own territory late in the first half.

The defense managed to hold Cincinnati to a field goal, but against a less talented team, turnovers are a good way to make games closer than they should be. 

In an offense with a lot of unproven talent at wide receiver, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens have turned to their tight ends more often than usual. In fact, Jackson has targeted a tight end on a higher percentage of passes than any other quarterback in football.

This has given Andrews, Nick Boyle and Hayden Hurst more opportunities to leap over defenders, even though the reward is minimal and the risk is major.

Maybe Andrews’ fumble will give the unit pause the next time they’re face to face with an oncoming defender.


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Stock up, stock down: Jackson’s legs carry Ravens to a 23-17 win over the Bengals

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Stock up, stock down: Jackson’s legs carry Ravens to a 23-17 win over the Bengals

BALTIMORE — Lamar Jackson’s legs carried the way to a Ravens 23-17 win over the Bengals on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. 

Here are a few Ravens whose stocks are up and down after the win.

Stock up: Lamar Jackson

His legs once again stole the show as he finished with 152 yards on the ground. 

The Bengals entered the game with one of the NFL’s worst rushing defenses, and Jackson made them pay with his scrambles and shiftiness on the outside.

It was a career high in rushing yards for Jackson, who proved too much for the Bengals to handle.

Stock down: Pass rush

Cincinnati has one of the worst offensive lines in football, but it didn’t seem that way on Sunday.

The Ravens defense only had two sacks on the afternoon, on a day they should have feasted. The team's first sack came with just over three minutes left to play in the game, courtesy of Tyus Bowser. The numbers at the end of the game made the day look much better than it really was.

Stock up: Run defense

While the pass rush struggled, the Ravens' run defense was excellent. 

They allowed just 31 yards on 13 attempts, as the Bengals were mostly one-dimensional for the entire game. 

Joe Mixon, who had seen his usage ramp up in recent weeks, was held at bay the entire afternoon and only registered 10 yards on eight carries.

Stock down: The kickoff team

The Ravens opened Sunday’s game hot. After the first 12 seconds. 

Baltimore allowed Cincinnati to return the opening kick for a touchdown as the Ravens fell in an early hole. 

Despite the defense’s strong performance, the Bengals were constantly in the game thanks to the opening touchdown. After a strong performance in Pittsburgh last week, the unit saw a drop-off in week six.

Stock up: Josh Bynes

A week after Bynes intercepted a pass in Pittsburgh, he tipped an Andy Dalton pass that landed in the arms of Marlon Humphrey for an interception. 

Bynes finished with three tackles, tied for second on the defense, and the tipped pass that led to the interception.

In just his second game as a Raven, he’s already proven himself to be an incredibly valuable commodity.

Stock up: The rushing attack

Setting aside Jackson, the rest of the Ravens' rushing attack was excellent on the day as well. 

Mark Ingram had over 50 yards and a score, and Gus Edwards and Justice Hill each averaged over five yards per carry. 

As a team, the Ravens rushed for over 250 yards against a Bengals defense prone to allowing big plays. 

Stock down: Mark Andrews’ hurdling

Andrews by himself is a stock up. His hurdling, well, not so much. 

In the second quarter, Andrews tried to fly over numerous Bengals defensive backs with a hurdle. It didn’t work. 

The ball was popped out and the Bengals recovered, in what likely will be the end of Andrews’ days trying to leap over defenders.

Stock neutral: Justin Tucker

It’s literally impossible for Justin Tucker’s stock to go up any higher. He was perfect once again on his extra points and field goals. He also became the fastest kicker in NFL history to reach 1,000 points, a feat he accomplished in just 118 games. 

The NFL’s best kicker proved, once again, why he’s the best.