Cam Cameron was fired as offensive coordinator of the Ravens, who have lost 2 straight and are still trying for consistency in the running and passing game.
Cameron ran the Ravens offense since the start of the 2008 season for Coach John Harbaugh. Since that time, the Baltimore’ attack has repeatedly taken a back seat to the team’s defense, and this year the offense ranks 18th with 344.4 yards per game.
Jim Caldwell, who was hired as quarterbacks coach before the season, will think Cameron’s duties. Caldwell was head coach of the Colts from 2009-11. Sports scores
The timing of the move is a little surprising because Ravens remains on course for its 2nd straight AFC North title – and 5th straight playoff appearance – notwithstanding being mired in its 1st losing streak since October 2009.
”It’s not about fair or unfair, right or wrong. My responsibility is to the whole team and what’s best for them right now,” Harbaugh said. ”We need a change. Our plan and our goals are to win games, win our division and get to the playoffs.”
Harbaugh believes the move is going to enable the Baltimore Ravens to reach those objectives.
”With our coaches and players, the solution is in the building,” he announced. ”We are going to get the most from our opportunities going forward, and this change gives us a better chance to achieve our goals.”
Ravens (9-4) scored 7 points after halftime Sunday in a 31-28 overtime loss to the Redskins. Quarterback Joe Flacco passed for only 182 yards lost a fumble and was intercepted in the 3rd quarter.
Baltimore’s running game ranks 17th in the NFL in spite of the presence of Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, who has topped the 100-yard rushing mark only 3 times (compared to 6 times last year). Rice led the NFL in yards from scrimmage in 2011.
Flacco, meanwhile, has been uncertain while operating the no-huddle attack and has showed little improvement from a year ago.
Flacco has committed significant turnovers in the last 2 games, but those defeats can be attributed heavily to the defense. Two weeks back, the injury-riddled unit couldn’t stop Steelers 3rd-string QB Charlie Batch in a 23-20 loss, and the Washington Redskins moved downfield rather easily during a beat-the-clock touchdown drive in the waning minutes of regulation.
Cameron, 51, went 1-15 as head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2007 before being chosen by Harbaugh to run the Ravens offense. The Baltimore made the playoffs in each of his previous 4 seasons, and under his direction Flacco became the team’s career leader in passing yards, touchdowns and completions.
Harbaugh worked as an assistant coach for Cameron in 1997 at Indiana. After taking over for Brian Billick in Baltimore, one of his first moves was to hire Cameron.
Caldwell, 57, was quarterbacks coach for Peyton Manning at Indianapolis before taking over as head coach. He will make his NFL debut as an offensive coordinator on Sunday against the Denver Broncos (9-4).