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Ravens hire Cameron as offenisve co-ordinator

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Cam Cameron was hired as the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator Wednesday, the latest offensive expert to take a shot at jump-starting a sluggish attack.

The 46-year-old Cameron was fired as Miami Dolphins coach after going 1-15, with his lone victory coming at the expense of the Ravens.

Cameron is the first assistant to join new coach John Harbaugh's staff.

"I'm excited to be coming to Baltimore," Cameron said in a conference call. "I really look forward to and am excited to be part of the staff that John Harbaugh is putting together. There will be a lot of evaluation over the next few months. Obviously, there's some things in place. The important thing is how much can we improve."

Cameron was the San Diego Chargers' offensive coordinator for five seasons before his one-year stint in Miami. In 2006, the Chargers led the NFL in scoring with 492 points.

However, the Dolphins finished near the bottom of the league in yards and points last season. Cameron was fired Jan. 3 by new Dolphins executives Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland.

"In life, we all get stung on occasion," Cameron said. "If you're in the NFL long enough as a coach or a player, you're going to get stung. The sting has gone away."

The Ravens had several offensive coordinators during the nine-year tenure of former coach Brian Billick, who was fired Dec. 31. However, the team finished in the top half of the NFL in total offense just once under him. Billick called the plays for the majority of the past two seasons after firing offensive coordinator Jim Fassel, who followed Matt Cavanaugh.

Cameron will call the plays for the Ravens, who finished 23rd in passing last season. Cameron has connections to Harbaugh, who worked as a defensive backs and special teams coach when Cameron was the head coach at Indiana in 1997.

"We're excited to get Cam because he's a fine coach and a good person," Harbaugh said in a statement. "He had other options. Like me, he's a coach's son who lives and eats football. Because of that, we share many of the same philosophies about the game. Getting Cam makes this a very good day for the Ravens."

Added Cameron: "John is extremely bright, one of the hardest-working coaches I've been around. He's a great teacher. He has all the things you look for in a football coach."

In San Diego, Cameron led an offense that featured Pro Bowl in running back LaDainian Tomlinson, quarterbacks Drew Brees and Philip Rivers, and tight end Antonio Gates. Cameron began his coaching career at the Michigan working under Bo Schembechler, coaching wide receivers such as Desmond Howard and Derrick Alexander, and quarterbacks like Elvis Grbac, Todd Collins and Jim Harbaugh, John's brother.

Cameron had other potential options in the NFL next season as an offensive coordinator, but chose the Ravens.

"The Baltimore Ravens reached out to me early in the process," Cameron said. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for the organization, having competed against them. I'm glad this came together."

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