OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WJZ) — Cam Cameron has been fired as the Ravens’ offensive coordinator.
This comes after a 31-28 overtime loss to the Redskins on Sunday.
Cameron has been highly criticized during his five years with the Ravens.
Although the Ravens did play better on offense Sunday — scoring 28 points — the offense struggled in the past several games against the Steelers and the Chargers. The Ravens have lost two straight and are still striving for consistency in the running and passing game.
Quarterbacks coach and former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts Jim Caldwell has been named to take over for Cameron as offensive coordinator.
Most Ravens fans Jessica Kartalija spoke to are pleased with the decision:
Head Coach John Harbaugh released this statement:
“My charge – our responsibility as a coaching staff – is to maximize the opportunities for our team to win, and we can still reach all of our goals for this season. We have a motto we follow on this team: W.I.N. – What’s Important Now – and what’s important now is to find ways to get better, win the AFC North and advance to the playoffs.
“With our coaches and players, the solution is in the building. We are going to make the most of our opportunities going forward, and this change gives us a better possibility to achieve our goals.
“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. 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 not about fair or unfair, right or wrong. My responsibility is to the whole team and what’s best for them right now. We need a change. Our plan and our goals are to win games, win our division and get to the playoffs.
“We have a lot of work to do, and we have the coaches and players in place to achieve our goals this season. We are working on that right now. I’m excited about where we are and where we are going.”
Caldwell accepted his position as the new offensive coordinator Monday morning.
“It’s not a system change. Obviously, the Ravens offense is the Ravens offense. It’s not a philosophical change. John sets the philosophy here for this team, and we follow suit. We have a bunch of willing young men that are certainly going to do a tremendous job at trying to push us forward,” Caldwell said.
Harbaugh declined to reveal whether Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti had a hand in the decision to make a change in the team’s offensive coordinator.
The Ravens stand with a 9-4 record this year.
With another win they could clinch a playoff spot. But they face three tough teams ahead, including the Denver Broncos who come to town on Sunday.