Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cameron's Firing Adds to Pressure on Harbaugh, Flacco in Baltimore

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cameron's Firing Adds to Pressure on Harbaugh, Flacco in Baltimore

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BALTIMORE -- Ravens coach John Harbaugh put on his big boy pants Monday and fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

It might have been a year or two too late, but the Ravens replaced the often criticized Cameron with quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell, who spent the four previous seasons as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

With this move, the Ravens are hoping to breathe life into an offense that had no identity for the past five seasons, but it also puts more pressure on Harbaugh as well as quarterback Joe Flacco.

For Flacco, there can be no more excuses. We don't want to hear about the lack of quality receivers or his poor offensive line. We don't want to hear about his strained relationship with Cameron because now he is working directly with one of the best in the NFL.

As for Harbaugh, he is the next man up.

When a coach fires a coordinator, he eliminates a buffer or a sponge to soak up the criticism. In a sense, Cameron is the scapegoat for a player personnel department that put together a poor offensive line and drafted a quarterback who has no pocket awareness, and lacks consistency.

There is no more Cameron to beat around now. All fingers are pointed directly at Harbaugh.

"There is a very human side to this. Cam is my friend, he taught me a lot about coaching, and he is an outstanding coach," Harbaugh said. "Personally, this is the hardest thing I've ever had to do as a coach. Cam has been a significant contributor to all of our successes over the past four, almost five, seasons. Deservedly, he is highly regarded, and we owe thanks to him for what he did for the Ravens"

It's what he didn't do that got Cameron fired. He didn't develop an offense with an identity or a good enough quarterback. Except for Flacco's rookie year when the Ravens became a run-oriented offense, the Ravens failed every year afterwards in trying to become a passing team. …

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