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Cam Cameron may stay in Baltimore after all

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The contract for Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is up, and there has been a widespread expectation that he won’t be brought back in Baltimore.

Florio heard via a league source that no decision had been made as of Tuesday night. While the Baltimore Sun thought Cameron was in trouble Wednesday, the tune has changed in Thursday’s paper.

Cameron reportedly called his offensive assistants Wednesday and gave them instructions for the next couple of weeks, which is a sign that Cameron will be back. Mike Preston has a source that believes Cameron will return, with the stipulation that the team hire a quarterbacks coach.

We think the predictability of the Ravens offense and Joe Flacco’s lack of development in 2011 are big marks against Cameron.  But coach John Harbaugh has a good relationship with Cameron.

The same source told Preston that Harbaugh’s relationship with defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano was somewhat strained after Pagano got into a heated argument with Harbaugh late in Baltimore’s win over the Texans.

“That would have been interesting to see how things would have worked out if Chuck didn’t get the job in Indianapolis,” said the source. “Their exchange was very heated.”

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52 Responses to “Cam Cameron may stay in Baltimore after all”
  1. petehemlock says: Jan 26, 2012 9:16 AM

    Looking good, Balto, real good. You might be better off hiring Kirk Cameron.

  2. istillbelieveinblue says: Jan 26, 2012 9:18 AM

    Harbaugh called Bob Kravitz of the IndyStar yesterday, and spoke very highly of Pagano.

  3. ftblfan9 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:18 AM

    Let’s see, Flacco doesn’t get along with the defensive coordinator, doesn’t get along with the offensive coordinator. What’s the common element? The offense is too predictable? Maybe it is all the QB can handle

  4. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jan 26, 2012 9:18 AM

    Cameron must have some compromising photographs of Harbaugh or is holding something else over his head.

    The big news in this is that Mike Preston actually has a source since it seems like nobody will ever talk to the guy and most of his articles seem to be created to just stir the pot. He is like the Skip Bayless of Baltimore.

  5. iluvwikileaks says: Jan 26, 2012 9:21 AM

    The Ravens are in disaray. I love it!

    GO STEELERS!

    HA!

  6. rr2000k says: Jan 26, 2012 9:21 AM

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. phillyphever says: Jan 26, 2012 9:22 AM

    Wow, what kind of info does Cameron have on John and Ozzie? I would have fired him a second after that horrible 3rd and 3 draw run. I feel your pain Ravens fans.

  8. knowerofallthings says: Jan 26, 2012 9:23 AM

    He was never the problem anyway; it’s a leaky Oline and receivers who can’t catch from a middle of the road QB. This is not the Saints offense you’re dealing with

  9. edgarpoe2 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:32 AM

    Once again, the media make up things that just aren’t there.

    Pagano and Harbaugh are on good terms, regardless of what happened in the heat of the moment on the field.

    After Pagano was hired in Indy, Harbaugh spoke highly of Pagano, mentioning his wife and kids by name when he did so. There is no doubt he’s be in Baltimore next year if he didn’t accept the Indy gig.

  10. djstat says: Jan 26, 2012 9:33 AM

    iluvwikileaks

    The Ravens are not in disarray. Let’s see your team just fired its OC against the wishes of your criminal QB. Your defense is aging and lost to TIM TEBOW and your $25 Million over the cap. Worry about your own team and not the Ravens. They are not in disrray at all. They are used to their DC becoming head coach. Unlike your DC who FAILED as a head coach.

  11. painkiller20 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:37 AM

    ftblfan9 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:18 AM

    Let’s see, Flacco doesn’t get along with the defensive coordinator, doesn’t get along with the offensive coordinator. What’s the common element? The offense is too predictable? Maybe it is all the QB can handle

    ummm… it says Harbaugh and Pagano, not Flacco. Trouble reading?

  12. southpaw2k says: Jan 26, 2012 9:37 AM

    First no Super Bowl, then Pagano leaves, and now Cameron will likely stay put. What else can go wrong here?

  13. noquickreactionshere says: Jan 26, 2012 9:42 AM

    @ ftblfan9 & Ilovewikileaks….

    First where do you get that Flacco doesn’t get along wtih the defensive coordinator? That post makes no sense because you seem to have made this part up yourself.

    Also Cam and Flacco are fine, they got to the AFC championship together this year and came within one play of the superbowl. I think that the Ravens can upgrade at OC but that doesn’t mean that they are in “disarray” because of this. Again you have taken half of a clip from a second rate news article and ran with it.

    The Ravens are NOT in disarray as a Ravens fan you come to understand that DC’s are going to come and go, they will be replaced in house, and the D will not miss a beat.

    The young, fresh Ravens offense will be fine and the new, young, Ravens secondary will continue to develop and be dominant. Look forward to your team enjoying their new spot as second fiddle in the AFC north for years to come.

    (maybe 3rd if the Bungles can keep it together)

  14. tcostant says: Jan 26, 2012 9:42 AM

    Interesting that they want a QB coach added. They had one in 2010 in Jim Zorn who Flacco loved. Cameron didn’t like that Flacco like the QB coach more than Zorn. Why not let Cameron go and bring in Zorn as OC, it what they should have done last year.

  15. noquickreactionshere says: Jan 26, 2012 9:43 AM

    iluvwikileaks says:
    Jan 26, 2012 9:21 AM
    The Ravens are in disaray. I love it!

    GO STEELERS!

    HA!

    ________________________

    And speaking of disaray…. did you forget that your QB is a little upset about the changes to your offensive coordinator?

  16. mnavia2 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:45 AM

    So the steelers get ousted by the Tebows, lose their offensive cord., have an unhappy qb because of such and the Ravens are in disarray??? I love you jaded steeler fans. See ya in September losers!!!

  17. golonger says: Jan 26, 2012 9:45 AM

    This is very disappointing….and it’s NOT GOOD!

    But,ok….if Harbaugh wants to risk HIS job on this loser…..than go ahead. Harbaugh is going to go down with the ship.

    Bye Harbaugh!

  18. jerrylb4 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:45 AM

    iluvwikileaks says:
    Jan 26, 2012 9:21 AM
    The Ravens are in disaray. I love it!

    GO STEELERS!

    HA!

    ————————————————–

    *Disarray

  19. gmsalpha says: Jan 26, 2012 9:47 AM

    Cam Cameron. What kind of a name is Cameron Cameron, anyway?

    Being an IU Hoosier and a Dolphins fan and having seen him “coach” my teams twice now, I feel so horrible for you guys in Baltimore. What did you guys do wrong in your previous life to deserve this?

  20. waitingguilty says: Jan 26, 2012 9:48 AM

    ZORNADO!

  21. cleverbob says: Jan 26, 2012 9:49 AM

    Cameron stays, Pagano leaves. I wonder if Ray Lewis is reconsidering coming back…

  22. clayton43 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:49 AM

    As a Steelers fan.. this is great news and Hopefully he will be there for a long time. Having the games best FB in Leach and one of the best running backs in the league and they dont use him as they should … I love it and Cameron doesnt seem to know what to do week to week as far as identity… I only say this because I know will be another 5 years that Balt and Pitt will be going head to head in division dragout battles so any little advantage helps !!! lol

  23. denverhighrize says: Jan 26, 2012 9:51 AM

    I’m surprised the Dolphins haven’t contacted Cam regarding the Head Coaching position.

  24. golonger says: Jan 26, 2012 9:52 AM

    The Ravens should have fired Harbaugh and Cameron and made Pagano OUR coach!

  25. broomehandle says: Jan 26, 2012 9:55 AM

    Come on now cameron is terrible #another year of coming up short fml

  26. conspiracygenerator says: Jan 26, 2012 9:55 AM

    rr200k, how did you get it to go across the entire screen outside of the text box? Made my day.

  27. ralphtherealravenfan says: Jan 26, 2012 10:01 AM

    I could see Harbaugh being pissed at Pagano in the Texans game. Andre Johnson had over 100 yards with a rookie qb throwing the ball. We got no sacks. And Arian Foster ran all over us. It’s not a stretch to think that would piss a head coach off in our first home playoff game in 5 years.

    As far as Cam Cameron…Flacco’s up and down year had less to do with Cam than it had to with the shortened offseason, rookie wideout’s, 2nd year tight ends, and an offensive line that you all saw get manhandled in the playoffs. The fact he didn’t throw more picks than 12 is amazing. I’m not a Cam Cameron fan, but he’s not missing blocks, cutting the wrong way, (RAY RICE), or dropping passes. We do have to open the offense up more though, because whenever Joe gets to do that, he lights up the scoreboard. We’ll see.

  28. ppdoc13 says: Jan 26, 2012 10:10 AM

    Hate to break it to the guys and gals that don’t like the Ravens. There is no more discord in Bmore than in Pigsburg. The fans don’t like Cameron. Neither does Joe. He wants a QB coach he can talk to. No big deal.

    Joe had nothing to do with Pagano. That is just silly. And as far as Pagano and Harbs, that is a heat of the moment thing. Harbs and Pagano are fine. Trust me. The insider sites say zippo about this.

  29. rocketcrab says: Jan 26, 2012 10:22 AM

    However this turns out, a word of caution on anything Mike Preston writes – he enjoys nothing better than stirring up the pot. I take whatever he writes with a huge grain of salt.

  30. wikidpissah says: Jan 26, 2012 10:30 AM

    Teams keep hiring Baltimore D coordinators because their defense is so successful. The Ravens D is consistently good regardless of who coaches them.

    Maybe it’s more because of Lewis, Reed, Ngata, Suggs etc…..

  31. youguysaretotalnerds says: Jan 26, 2012 10:32 AM

    Said this yesterday and I’ll say it again. Cameron isn’t the problem. Baltimore is not built for a shootout type of offense. Shootouts mean less rest for an amazing defense, which tires them out, makes them less effective, etc. Ravens aren’t built for that and don’t want that. They have a pro bowl running back, and a star studded defense.

    Cameron’s playcalling can be boring, yes. But everyone loves to judge with the benefit of hindsight. He wouldn’t call a play if he didn’t believe it would work. I trust him over internet trolls(no offense), and if every offensive player executes, every play on the field would work.

    A QB coach is a great idea. Flacco’s best year was when he had Zorn to help him. He’s still on the right track. It will be interesting to see who they bring in. There are some intriguing candidates out there.

  32. ogre2010 says: Jan 26, 2012 10:47 AM

    They will blame the Patriots Scoreboard Operator for keeping Cam Cameroon

  33. dennychimes says: Jan 26, 2012 10:49 AM

    First, The mans first name is Malcolm. Second, IMO both he and Pagano had excellent relationships with the H.C though looks could be deceiving. Third, and most importantly, if you have to rely on (A SOURCE) without a name, or title, nothing is of value. Cameron sure made his share of bonehead plays according to all of us Monday Morning Perfectionists thats true. Who throws a 15yd out pattern on 3rd and 2yds with Vonta Leach and Ray Rice in the Backfield? My feelings are that there IS a disconnect in Baltimore between the QB and OC and therein lies the problem. I think it has a direct effect on letting Flacco call his own plays and putting a leash on him. But, I dont feel (If its true) that Cameron is in a position to put demands on any new contract, i.e. QB coach (Though its needed.) He does have an Offensive mind and has had some better than average success in Baltimore. If he stays there, it wouldnt be the worst thing to happen to them. However looking at the faces on the players at the end of the AFCC, The worst thing to happen to them already occured. If he stays, and he should, I wish him Luck. If he leaves I hope the next OC has the strength to put up with the constant Criticism no matter how well they do…

  34. golonger says: Jan 26, 2012 10:53 AM

    “Having the games best FB in Leach and one of the best running backs in the league and they dont use him as they should.”

    It’s amazing how all these Squealer fans are so preoccupied with the Ravens and how they run their offense. It’s like they are so afriad that someday, we might have an explosive offense while they continue to toil in mediocrity. Just as an FYI,the Squealers would have been 7-9 this year (as every year) if they didn’t have Big Ben. He IS that team and when he is gone….Sqealers are in trouble!

  35. flapjackdaddy says: Jan 26, 2012 11:00 AM

    So…Ray Rice can be underutilized for another couple years?

  36. ravensruleandharbaughisgod says: Jan 26, 2012 11:01 AM

    Cam did not miss the tying field goal nor did he allow the game winning touchdown to be slapped out of his hands. He beats any viable alternative out there (read: Hue Jackson, Mike Martz) and with the condition that he hire a QB coach, offensive production will undoubtedly improve.

  37. golonger says: Jan 26, 2012 11:18 AM

    “Cam did not miss the tying field goal nor did he allow the game winning touchdown to be slapped out of his hands. He beats any viable alternative out there (read: Hue Jackson, Mike Martz) and with the condition that he hire a QB coach, offensive production will undoubtedly improve.”

    This is ridiculous…there are much better offensive minds out there CC. Did he miss the field goal or drop the pass?No…but you miss the point. The way our offense was playing (and this applies to a lot of games over the past few years),we should never be in that spot. His play-calling is stale, simple, predictable, inflexible and downright laughable at times…..which is why numerous analysts have said his offense is like one out of the 60s…..

  38. ziggy26 says: Jan 26, 2012 11:35 AM

    Mike Preston does not “stir the pot.” He’s writes objectively, and doesn’t act like a PR representative for the Ravens.

    The problem is, a lot of Baltimore fans just want to read about lollipops and rainbows, so whenever Preston writes something with a tinge of negativity, those fans lose their minds and bash him.

  39. supashug says: Jan 26, 2012 11:36 AM

    1) check the source, Preston is an idiot and has no source

    2) Cameron lost the game by not running the ball with 6 minutes left when the Pats were beat, Flacco should never get a pass play in that situation, that INT lost the game

    3) Cameron lost the game by not securing home playoff, how…by throwing the ball 52 times against the seahawks

    4) Harbaugh needs more control of the offense, its clear his special teams skills suck, maybe he should not come back…any coach would have called a time out, its not icing your own kicker, they needed the time out

  40. crawdaddy1212 says: Jan 26, 2012 11:40 AM

    Cam didn’t throw that 4th quarter interception, or fail to convert that crucial 4th&6 shortly after. He didn’t under-throw those two passes to Torrey Smith and he didn’t miss that chip shot of a field goal.

    I think it would be a mistake to get rid of this guy just because the PLAYERS on offense came up small in the playoffs. Although, I must admit it that it would be funny/interesting to see who the organization chooses to scapegoat in Cam Cameron’s absence.

  41. dontstabmeray says: Jan 26, 2012 11:44 AM

    This is great news for the other teams in the AFC North.

  42. infectorman says: Jan 26, 2012 11:51 AM

    Its hard to believe that any fan base could hate each other more than NE and NYJ, but the healthy “exchange” between Bal &Pitt fans is making me reassess

  43. billycundiff says: Jan 26, 2012 12:05 PM

    The good thing in all of this is that there is no talk of turnover on special teams…

  44. naanunaanu says: Jan 26, 2012 12:15 PM

    Cam sucks end of story- his plays and gameplans are flawed and he never makes adjustment – see how the O is usually off to slow starts 1 and 3rd quarters . We seen it for 4 years – he’s back ? You can look for my tickets on stub hub – we are not going to advance with cam !

  45. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Jan 26, 2012 12:17 PM

    petehemlock says: Jan 26, 2012 9:16 AM

    Looking good, Balto, real good. You might be better off hiring Kirk Cameron.

    ______________

    Yea but Kirk would bring far more growing pains for Flacco.

  46. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 26, 2012 12:19 PM

    “Mike Preston has a source that believes Cameron will return, with the stipulation that the team hire a quarterbacks coach.”

    Strange, I would think the Ravens would be hiring a quarterback “consultant”.

  47. patsfan87 says: Jan 26, 2012 12:36 PM

    The coach of the Baltimore Ravens in 2013 will be Rex Ryan. Rex wanted that HC job to began with and he still thinks he is running that defense. That is why the Jets are starting to fall apart at the seams. And that is WHY the Patriots are a model franchise.

  48. rockthered1286 says: Jan 26, 2012 1:26 PM

    I’m honestly okay with Cam staying. If you take into consideration the youth on offense, I can see no direction to head from here but up. Let Torrey get some more time under his belt, Pitta WILL become our #1 TE since Dickson has terrible hands, revamp the O-line, and let ‘em rip!

    The one I keep getting flack for, is the suggestion that we let Cam go and bring in Billick as the O-coord. There would be no backlash from Billicks former team since there are only about 5 players left from his last year, and he was an unbelievable OC prior to becoming the Ravens HC. I honestly think it would help him get his name back out there (since he won’t see a HC spot open up for him) and possibly bring in a fresh perspective for the O. Definitely someone who could help Joe grow.

  49. pittman2052 says: Jan 26, 2012 4:15 PM

    Predictable offense but made the AFC championship. Packers and saints explosive offense not even one playoff win

  50. golonger says: Jan 26, 2012 5:37 PM

    “The one I keep getting flack for, is the suggestion that we let Cam go and bring in Billick as the O-coord”

    This is the funniest thing I have read in a long time. Billick was a terrible OC. He had success because he was running an offense with a rejuvinated R. Cunningham and Randy Moss in his prime. His performance here proved he is NOT an “offensive guru”

  51. tsutton84 says: Jan 26, 2012 6:42 PM

    Flacco’s lack of development rests solely on Cam’s shoulders. He doesn’t rush Ray Rice enough, and his playcalling entails Flacco looking at his primary receiver, then immediately dumping it off on a 3rd yard flair to Rice. Either that, or fly patterns to Torrey Smith. The Ravens Offense has lots of talent, at TE, WR and RB… and a solid OLine… and, yet – every year under Cam, the Offense is stagnant. It has been ranked 18th, 13th, 22nd and 15th in Cam’s four years as OC. He needs to be replaced.

  52. charliegirl1 says: Jan 26, 2012 11:33 PM

    Another year of Scam Scameron? It’s time for the Ravens to move on

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