Cam Cameron fired by Ravens; Jim Caldwell to step in
- By Gregg Rosenthal
- Around The League editor
- Updated: Dec. 10, 2012 at 12:07 p.m.
Baltimore Ravens fans have wanted a new offensive coordinator for years.
On Monday, late during an otherwise successful season, they finally got their wish.
NFL.com's Albert Breer confirmed multiple reports, via a source informed of the decision, that Cam Cameron is out after five seasons with the team. Former Indianapolis Colts head coach and current Ravens quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell will be promoted to take over. Cameron told ABC2 in Baltimore that he had been fired.
Cameron's offense was wildly uneven this year, like much of his tenure in Baltimore. But we're still stunned at the timing of the decision. The Ravens are still 9-4 despite their two game losing streak, and up two games in the AFC North. Baltimore put up 28 points in Washington and it was their defense that couldn't hold on to a lead late. Caldwell has never been a coordinator before, although he has been a head coach.
We just haven't seen these types of in-season moves during General Manager Ozzie Newsome or owner Steve Biscotti's tenure. A lot must have been going on behind the scenes for such a drastic change to happen now.
Sunday's game in Washington was typical of Cameron's run as offensive coordinator. There were flashes of brilliance, with three touchdowns in the team's first four possessions. But then the offense bogged down; nine of their 13 drives lasted four plays or less. The lack of use of Ray Rice was a constant concern, and there were reports of frustration with the team's no huddle approach during the season.
Coach John Harbaugh is taking one of the biggest risks of his career by letting go of Cameron now, rather than in the offseason. Harbaugh, like a lot of fans, finally had seen enough.