Cam Cameron embracing pressure of raised expectations

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We’ve heard a lot about the Ravens offense this offseason.

Some of it had to do with running back Ray Rice’s successful bid for a new contract and some had to do with quarterback Joe Flacco’s thus far unsuccessful bid for the same, but most of it had to do with the team’s talk about being a more aggressive and potent offense this season. We’ve seen signs of it in the preseason, including a healthy dose of no-huddle against Jacksonville last week, and that’s served to bump expectations for better offensive days to a higher level.

Expectations come with thorns for the guys being held responsible for reaching them. Flacco’s contract push will suffer if he isn’t considerably better than he was in the regular season last year and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will feel some heat as well. That doesn’t appear to be a problem for Cameron.

“I hope so,” Cameron said, via Kevin Cowherd of the Baltimore Sun. “I really do. If you don’t thrive on that … You talk to the coaches that retire, you talk to the players that retire — that’s what they miss. That’s what you would miss. I get to actually do it. I’m not behind a microphone on TV talking about it.”

If all goes well for the Ravens offense this season, Cameron will have plenty of those TV people saying nice things about him over the next few months. If it doesn’t, there are going to be calls for Cameron to join them.

That sets the stakes pretty well for what’s expected of the Ravens offense this season.