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Ravens' firing alters Broncos' plans

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08:03 AM ET 12.13 | In the eyes of many, diminutive Ray Rice ranks as the biggest reason the Ravens fired Cam Cameron. [Rice has had] four games with 13 or fewer carries this season and had three games in 2011 when he didn't have 10 carries in a game. So [Jim Caldwell] is expected to put the ball into Rice's hands more this week. People around the NFL believe that and the Broncos certainly believe that. "Oh definitely I think they're going to look to use Ray Rice more," is how safety Jim Leonhard put it. "He's a difficult match-up because of all the things he can do." Rice will stress the Broncos linebackers and safeties plenty in pass coverage and he continues to trouble defenses in the running game.

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December 13, 2012  08:10 AM ET

Rice doesn't play defense.

December 13, 2012  08:13 AM ET

Why didn't they use him when he was on the field ? All passing game ?

December 13, 2012  08:14 AM ET

The Broncos still plan to win, and I still think they will.

Like it or not, replacing your OC with 3 games to go isn't a good thing for a winning team.

December 13, 2012  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The Broncos still plan to win, and I still think they will.Like it or not, replacing your OC with 3 games to go isn't a good thing for a winning team.

Makes no sense. Besides calling a bad game what could he have done to deserve getting launched now?

December 13, 2012  08:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The Broncos still plan to win, and I still think they will.Like it or not, replacing your OC with 3 games to go isn't a good thing for a winning team.

Replacing your OC with someone who has never called the plays during a game before is an even worse thing.

December 13, 2012  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Makes no sense. Besides calling a bad game what could he have done to deserve getting launched now?

The only reason that makes sense to me is that they were getting rid of Cam anyway, and by doing it now it gave them a chance to hire Caldwell before anyone else got to him.

December 13, 2012  08:30 AM ET

Maybe Cam's insistence on passing the ball is what helped open up holes for Rice. It will be interesting if he can shoulder the load like A.P..

December 13, 2012  08:48 AM ET

Cameron and Flacco didn't mesh well. Caldwell has a much better relationship with the QB, and the thinking is he'll call plays with more of an eye to what Flacco is comfortable with and does well. And, of course, Rice needs to be much more of a factor in the game plan.

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December 13, 2012  09:16 AM ET

But can the Raven defense stop Peyton from lighting them up....Broncos get ahead quick ..the game then gets shifted to Joe Flacco...which is exactly what the Broncos want...

December 13, 2012  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

But can the Raven defense stop Peyton from lighting them up....Broncos get ahead quick ..the game then gets shifted to Joe Flacco...which is exactly what the Broncos want...

That's pretty much how I'd predict the game will go. Advantage - Denver.

Nice avatar, by the way.

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December 13, 2012  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

But can the Raven defense stop Peyton from lighting them up....Broncos get ahead quick ..the game then gets shifted to Joe Flacco...which is exactly what the Broncos want...

Denver has been more of a second half team this year. They're not getting off to fast starts.

It's very possible Baltimore can get Rice going early and play keep-away from Peyton while actually puttting some points on the board. I could see it going either way. We could have a good game on our hands.

December 13, 2012  10:14 AM ET

Altered their plans??, I bet Peyton still plans on winning the game...

December 13, 2012  11:06 AM ET

When a guy of Caldwell's pedigree is hired as QB coach , the writing was on the wall that someone was on borrowed time.

December 13, 2012  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Makes no sense. Besides calling a bad game what could he have done to deserve getting launched now?

Over the course of the past two seasons Ray Rice would be rendered invisible by Cam Cameron for long stretches and since he's the most talented offensive player they have, that's worth firing Cam based on that alone. I think most people would agree he's one the top 5-7 RB's in the league in terms of talent, yet he ranks 12th in carries. That's just bad play calling.

Also consider Cam and Flacco didnt mesh very well, it's easy to see why they made the move now. Before firing Cam they weren't likely to be a team that goes beyond winning one playoff game. Maybe this gives them some better continuity on offense and consistency, if it doesn't they aren't any worse off.

December 13, 2012  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

................. isn't a good thing for a winning team.

Should of said:

................ was a winning team

December 13, 2012  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Altered their plans??, I bet Peyton still plans on winning the game...

Peyton gonna help out the teams in the AFC North that are behind the crows.

December 13, 2012  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Rice doesn't play defense.

Why not?

 
December 13, 2012  12:07 PM ET

Why not?

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