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Ravens fire Cam Cameron, promote Jim Caldwell

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That change we were expecting on the Ravens’ coaching staff has arrived: Baltimore has fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and promoted Jim Caldwell to take his place.

A couple of hours after Dan Patrick first reported on his radio show that a change was coming in Baltimore, several reports emerged that Cameron had been fired. Cameron later confirmed to ABC 2 in Baltimore that the Ravens had let him go, while ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell had been installed as the new offensive coordinator.

It’s rare for a team that’s heading for the playoffs to make a major shakeup on its coaching staff with just three weeks to go in the regular season. But the Ravens, who started the season 9-2, apparently felt that they needed to make a change after back-to-back losses.

Cameron has been the Ravens’ offensive coordinator since 2008, when he got the job following his one season as head coach of the Dolphins. Caldwell was hired as quarterbacks coach this year after being fired as head coach of the Colts.

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  1. flipper14 says: Dec 10, 2012 11:41 AM

    100 wins in 9+ seasons as NFL offensive coordinator. Two Pro Bowl QBs. Four Pro Bowl RBs. A dropped pass away from a Super Bowl trip last year. He isn’t perfect but a lot of people would like to have that resume.

  2. vikingsvoice says: Dec 10, 2012 11:42 AM

    Ravens just boosted their chance at playoff success dramatically. Cameron has absolutely held that offense back with frequently curious playcalling.

  3. tindeaux says: Dec 10, 2012 11:43 AM

    the chargers can re-hire this guy as oc, bring back marty… then we can have a close team to 14-2 LOL… Defense has been doing great this season. so no need to change.

  4. felonius1 says: Dec 10, 2012 11:43 AM

    This was needed. Next on the hot seat is flacco. Wish we didn’t need to make moves like this during the season but now is the time for flacco to show whether we pay him or not this offseason. Best of luck to all.

  5. reed20fence says: Dec 10, 2012 11:44 AM

    Well I certainly take that back. Apprently it was a serious move.

    If we’ve said it once we’ve said it time and again – 4 years of riding the defense’s coattails to the playoffs doesn’t mean YOU made the playoffs. All it means is you managed to stay out of the way.

    Best of luck to Mr. Caldwell.

  6. ravensgrl says: Dec 10, 2012 11:44 AM

    I think this was long overdue, but the timing is curious… we didn’t lose yesterday because of Cam Cameron.

  7. flipper14 says: Dec 10, 2012 11:45 AM

    Flacco and fans don’t have their convenient scapegoat anymore.

  8. Barnes says: Dec 10, 2012 11:45 AM

    The city of Baltimore likes this post

  9. steelpenbucs87 says: Dec 10, 2012 11:45 AM

    Interested in what changes in scheme this may bring for the Ravens. Obviously when he was in Indianapolis he had a HOF QB to work with and was able to put together a consistently strong passing offense.

    Given the primary perceived deficiency in Cam’s offense was not getting Ray Rice enough touches (especially in space) I have to imagine that will be priority numero uno for Mr. Caldwell.

  10. jimmygrahamchrisivory says: Dec 10, 2012 11:45 AM

    Hard to tell if this will help Baltimore’s offense since Caldwell was the coach of Flacco’s position, but he can’t do any worse than Cameron. Maybe he’ll call more plays thats suitable for Flacco .

  11. humbleminded85 says: Dec 10, 2012 11:46 AM

    Wow. Not since Billick dropping Jim Fassell mid year have we seen a move during the season like this. Not can we put Mckenny at RT and Oher back at LT were they BOTH belong?!?!

  12. matt14gg says: Dec 10, 2012 11:47 AM

    Does Caldwell know he may need to speak into that head set occasionally?

  13. jamaltimore says: Dec 10, 2012 11:47 AM

    I’m glad they got rid of CAM and looking forward to see what the offense does without him. Joe better wake up as this is the first shot across his bow as well. No more excuses.

  14. azarkhan says: Dec 10, 2012 11:47 AM

    What if the problem is Flacco?

  15. willysantos says: Dec 10, 2012 11:48 AM

    As long as they start taking on the reins off of Flacco and let him throw more the Ravens will win it all. He’s an elite QB who doesn’t get to throw enough.

  16. felonius1 says: Dec 10, 2012 11:48 AM

    Flipper you keep referring to his record like the offense carried the team every year. Tell me, if the chargers had the defense we had the past 5 years would norvs record be much better and would we all be calling for his head still?

  17. newmarketmaulers says: Dec 10, 2012 11:48 AM

    If Caldwell calls the plays, does that mean he has to speak into the headset? I have never seen him speak.

  18. flipper14 says: Dec 10, 2012 11:48 AM

    Last season the Ravens played ELEVEN games against defenses ranked among the top 10 in the NFL and were one drop away from a Super Bowl trip.

  19. thedonnilhama says: Dec 10, 2012 11:49 AM

    Jim Caldwell today Promoted Curtis Painter to Quarterback saying the team needed a “Veteran” presence in running a team into the ground. His ball handling abilities are second to none.

  20. passthepeppa says: Dec 10, 2012 11:49 AM

    is there a more generic team in the NFL than the ravens?? and they wear purple!

  21. FinFan68 says: Dec 10, 2012 11:49 AM

    Look at the picture. That guy just seems clueless. He was clueless in Indy and it showed every time he opened his mouth. I don’t see how this works out well unless it has something to do with Flacco and his contract issues. Cameron had some head scratching calls but all OCs do. He should have used Rice more but how much of that is Flacco changing the plays?

  22. zaggs says: Dec 10, 2012 11:50 AM

    Maybe they should look at Mr. “Top 5″ Flacco.

  23. bmoreballers says: Dec 10, 2012 11:53 AM

    This needed to be done, whether this makes us better or not. We’ll find out if it was cam or joe in these crucial 3 games. Careful what you wish for though cause Caldwell has never been a OC

  24. rivercitydawg says: Dec 10, 2012 11:53 AM

    Doesn’t bode well for the Baltimore Ratbirds. When was the last time that ANY team went deep into the playoffs after firing an offensive coordinator 13 games into the season?

  25. rajbais says: Dec 10, 2012 11:55 AM

    This firing is overdue, but the Ravens’ chances of winning a Super Bowl are officially gone.

    History shows that when teams change the offensive scheme and/or Coordinator during or the next season they do not go to the Super Bowl.

    Since 2003 this has been the case and since 2007 when teams have a QB and/or head coach that have won at least 1 playoff game in a prior season they go to the Super Bowl.

    The Ravens’ chances of going to SB 48 next year will be better with Caldwell as the OC.

  26. andrewluckdontgiveawhat says: Dec 10, 2012 11:55 AM

    The Ravens offense must be in shambles. Caldwell was a puppet here in Indianapolis. Peyton Manning was the real OC after Tom Moore left. This reeks of desperation. This move blows my mind. Cam Cameron must’ve slept with Harbaugh’s wife or something.

  27. ravensrooster94 says: Dec 10, 2012 11:55 AM

    Many fans (including me) have been calling for this move for years. Much was expected from Cameron, coming as he need with a lot of cred from his Charger O.C. days but he couldn’t deliver what was expected. His play calling has befuddled many a Ravens fan.

    When the Ravens hired Jim Caldwell in the off season, I knew he was the O.C. in waiting.

    Now….Joe Flacco can’t hide behind the play calling anymore and if he want’s that big contract extension next year, he has to step it up in a big way.

    Finally, I know Flacco hasn’t been happy with the play calling and game management. I’m just wondering….if he had any input into this move?

  28. serenaundercover says: Dec 10, 2012 11:56 AM

    This is fortuitous for Norv and Cam. They worked well together in San Diego. That chemistry will be a great bond for them while they both stand in line at the unemployment office and will be able to compare notes while updating their resumes on how to explain they were a failure at their last few jobs.
    Or just have George O Leary write the resumes for them and take a long lunch.

  29. vietnambob2473 says: Dec 10, 2012 11:57 AM

    Oh I get it, cam Cameron was the one who gave up 34 points yesterday, gotcha

  30. humbleminded85 says: Dec 10, 2012 11:58 AM

    I meant can we put Oher back at RT and Mckenny at LT…not the other way around. No coffee this morning.

  31. causeisaid says: Dec 10, 2012 11:59 AM

    Can he coach the defense also because last I checked – the defense was just as much to blame for embarrassing blowup losses to the Steelers and Redskins in games they had won late in the game.

  32. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Dec 10, 2012 12:00 PM

    Cam Cameron, Tony Sparano, Norv Turner, Chan Gailey, Brian Daboll, Scott Linehan,

    The Dolphins legacy of past offensive braintrusts reads like a Who’s Who of Who’s Not.

  33. jimfix says: Dec 10, 2012 12:00 PM

    I know that Ravens fans are glad to be rid of Cam, but I wouldn’t be jumping up and down yet. You just replaced him with JIM FREAKING CALDWELL. I’d take Cam over Caldwell any day.

  34. sdb0ltz says: Dec 10, 2012 12:01 PM

    Hey Cam the Chargers will take you back with open arms!!

    Can’t believe the Ravens let him go after 2 losses, he’s been so effective there.

    Cam back as the O-coordinator. Wade Phillips the Head coach with our defense… put the band back together and turn this baby around.

  35. flipper14 says: Dec 10, 2012 12:01 PM

    Flipper you keep referring to his record like the offense carried the team every year. Tell me, if the chargers had the defense we had the past 5 years would norvs record be much better and would we all be calling for his head still?

    _________________________

    No, I’m not saying his offense carried the team in Baltimore. However, in his 10 seasons as an NFL coordinator his offenses have ranked first in scoring once, ranked in the top five three times, and have been in the top half in 9 of this 10 seasons. Jon Gruden, in his 12 seasons, has seen his offenses in the top HALF in scoring only four times in 12 years.

  36. britishteeth says: Dec 10, 2012 12:02 PM

    Anybody in The Bears front office reading this? He may be the greatest OC of all time, but at least he’s done it before.

  37. causeisaid says: Dec 10, 2012 12:03 PM

    azarkhan says:
    Dec 10, 2012 11:47 AM
    What if the problem is Flacco?

    The problem is Flacco – his contract would be a huge hit to the Ravens and would marry them another 4-6 years with Salary cap implications. Cam would have been fired at the end of the season and Flacco would play 2013 under the franchise tag and a new OC. Would be shrewd front office move – their hand was forced by Flacco’s play this season.

    Now they get another year to ask the real Joe Flacco to please stand up.

  38. seamhereseamthere says: Dec 10, 2012 12:03 PM

    This hardly resembles the kind of moves Super Bowl winners make.

    What I remember from Caldwell during his time as head coach is not impressive.

    Pretty easy to see where Dan Patrick/PFT got their “scoops”. Caldwell called his NFL sponsor Dungy with the good news and Dungy told his co-workers last night while they were all hanging around at 30 Rock.

  39. ontboltfan says: Dec 10, 2012 12:04 PM

    The Ravens are awful on the road against halfway decent D’s running Cameron’s idiot vertical passes when they should just be pounding the rock w Rice. They only put up 9 pts vs KC.

    Losing to a beat up PIT team at home w Charlie Batch at QB likely was the last straw. Up 10 pts, idiot Cameron kept calling pass plays vs letting Rice chew up clock and they kept giving the ball back until they lost.

  40. jagsfan1 says: Dec 10, 2012 12:04 PM

    Cam Cameron was horrible….but Jim Caldwell is cut from the same mold. He will be lousy in his own way.

    Cameron needed to go – but they can do better than Caldwell as a permanent replacement.

  41. grs27 says: Dec 10, 2012 12:05 PM

    Wonder if Caldwell could have stopped Charlie Batch.

  42. mrgroovesd says: Dec 10, 2012 12:06 PM

    Wow, winning record and you fire the OC. Why hasn’t that happened to the Chargers with their recent losing streak with the HC and GM? Take note Dean of what the Ravens did.

  43. htowntexan says: Dec 10, 2012 12:06 PM

    I love that the Harbaugh brothers are blowing up their teams during the season. couldn’t happen to a nicer family of cry babies.

  44. footballfan01 says: Dec 10, 2012 12:07 PM

    The Ravens’ defense is pitiful … and they fire the OC. Makes perfect sense.

  45. flaccotoboldin says: Dec 10, 2012 12:09 PM

    The loss yesterday was not really Cam Cameron’s “fault”. It was a classic bad second half of offense, which I would attribute partly to Cam though.

    But when Kirk Cousins and Charlie Batch can beat this offense is successive weeks . . . what happens when the Manning Bros come to town?

    The problem is, there isn’t a move to be made on defense. The defense is injury riddled. Webb, Suggs, Lewis, Smith, Ngata, McBean, Ellerbe, etc etc

    That isn’t Pees fault. And there isn’t a suitable replacement for Pees in building anyway.

  46. jgedgar70 says: Dec 10, 2012 12:09 PM

    First time I ever saw Caldwell was in ’93. Wake Forest had just went to a bowl in ’92 for the first time in like 100 years, Bill Dooley retired as coach, and Caldwell was hired. Wake immediately went back into the toilet, and stayed there until Jim Grobe was hired, at which point they began going to bowl games most of the time. Next time I see Caldwell, he is getting the Colts gig when Dungy retires. Colts start 13-0 in ’09 and Caldwell pulls the plug. Says he agrees with his GM that going 16-0 is an illegitimate goal.

    That’s a long-winded way of saying that Caldwell has never displayed any real ability to have a positive impact on a football team on which he coaches. Good luck Ravens; you’re gonna need it.

  47. shlort says: Dec 10, 2012 12:11 PM

    Harbaugh musta had some sort of stink wth Camron.

    The Ravens’ problem isnt the OC, it is the QB. The days of the “Game Manage” under center are over. It was a brief experimen, but an exeriment based on luck.

    Here s an idea. Get a QB who is consistent. A good QB makes coaches look genius.

  48. stumpy456 says: Dec 10, 2012 12:11 PM

    You know, I can understand wanting to fire him for his vanilla play calling, but I guarantee a lot of those plays was Flacco changing the play into a pass. No sympathy here, sorry. Your head coach should step in and alter the play calling based on what he likes and is working. Or giving them the best chance to win. That’s on Harbaugh.

  49. nattypoes says: Dec 10, 2012 12:11 PM

    This is the kind of news that just makes you wanna hug your neighbor. What a joyous day!!!!! Glad that nightmare is over!!!

  50. gordoom says: Dec 10, 2012 12:12 PM

    Honestly we get a chance to find the answer to the offensive questions weve had for years.
    Its a contract year for joe. If the offense turns around and goes on a run( Giant,Broncos,Bengals) Then you can justify joes contract.
    If the offense plows into the rocks then that adds leverage to the ravens.

    Its a smart move. By a organization that doesn make too many wrong ones.

  51. vikesfansteve says: Dec 10, 2012 12:12 PM

    You only scored 28! Can em. Baltimore’s problem has been their D not holding leads. The Ravens put up 50 a couple weeks ago. Lee Evans dropped their SB appearance last year. Instead of calling timeout or taking the 5 yd penalty they rush their kicker into a missed FG. None of this is the OC’s fault. The Vikings would kill to put up 50 or even 28 each week. Come to MN Cam.

  52. ravensgrl says: Dec 10, 2012 12:14 PM

    Harbaugh was going after Cam at one point in the game yesterday… not sure what that was for, but it must’ve been the last straw for Harbaugh.

  53. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 10, 2012 12:14 PM

    Joe Flacco is now officially out of excuses.

  54. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 10, 2012 12:14 PM

    Remember at the beginning of the season when the Ravens killed the Bengals on national TV and everyone said “Now the Ravens have a great offense to go with that great defense”….

  55. barbasol11111111 says: Dec 10, 2012 12:15 PM

    Easier to can Cameron than Flacco, especially since Cameron has a long and illustrious career of mostly mediocre offense, and has seen several QBs flourish after leaving his system. This is the right move for now. Flacco should get nothing more than a contract where the team can opt out after next year. I don’t think he really deserves more than that headed into his sixth year.

    You can’t say, Flacco just wins games, or look how close they came with Cameron, because if you watched the games and you look at the stats it’s pretty obvious that the Ravens’ defense has carried the bulk of responsibility for the wins earned during the Harbaugh/Flacco years.

    Doesn’t mean a good offense isn’t possible, especially now, but I thought that either Flacco or Cameron needed to be switched in order to get some clarity on where the problem lies. Like I said, canning a hack coordinator is a better first move than throwing out a QB who is inconsistent, but still relatively young.

  56. bloomingtonindy says: Dec 10, 2012 12:15 PM

    Yeah, good luck with this decision…

  57. 6ringsandarapist says: Dec 10, 2012 12:17 PM

    this is almost as good as a day as when they ran billick out of town. good riddance to bad rubbish

  58. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Dec 10, 2012 12:18 PM

    Sure wish the Raiders would fire someone…and I sure hope Reggie is considering it.

  59. Sarcasm says: Dec 10, 2012 12:21 PM

    Good luck with that Baltimore. That is going from dumb to dumber.

  60. 1oldpro says: Dec 10, 2012 12:23 PM

    Somebody had to be executed. After all, they have the “best quarterback in the NFL”, according to someone.

  61. steelersownyou says: Dec 10, 2012 12:24 PM

    Holy crap. The old colts head coach??? I thought he was at a 7 eleven somewhere! Wow he’s awful! I so much enjoy the dysfunction that is the baltimorons!!!

  62. godzilla111111 says: Dec 10, 2012 12:27 PM

    Harbaugh knows this cannot help in the short term so I doubt it was his call.

  63. givemericewiththat says: Dec 10, 2012 12:27 PM

    I’m not a coach, so I don’t know if Flacco is the problem or if Cameron is the problem. But I do know that the two of them together was not working.

    Is the team pinning all the blame on Cameron? Maybe not: the fact that Flacco remains unsigned tells you that the team is not blind to his weaknesses.

  64. massappeal12345 says: Dec 10, 2012 12:31 PM

    All I know is that I would hate to play Texas-Hold-Em against Jim Caldwell.

  65. 4evrnyt says: Dec 10, 2012 12:31 PM

    And Ken Whisenhunt still has a job how?!?!

  66. dankinator says: Dec 10, 2012 12:33 PM

    WTF are they thinking? As has already been said, the losses certainly weren’t on Cam.

    And they think the answer is Jim Freakin’ Caldwell? The best thing to happen to us Indy fans was getting rid of that clueless hack.

    Sorry for your luck Ravens fans, but I don’t even remotely see this as a good move for your franchise.

  67. rayray5227 says: Dec 10, 2012 12:35 PM

    Finally!

  68. ravenator says: Dec 10, 2012 12:35 PM

    Ravens fans everywhere are rejoicing. This is a great move, and Im excited to see what Caldwell can do with Flacco in the no huddle. No more 1960′s offense, Ravens will be flying high, bank on it.

  69. dowhatifeellike says: Dec 10, 2012 12:38 PM

    Let Flacco call the plays. This is his 5th year in this offense. He knows the playbook, he knows what does/does not work for him, and he knows he’s a better passer when they commit to giving Rice the ball 25 times per game. Let Joe show what Joe can do and then they can decide how much he gets paid.

    Cameron was creative his first year and it worked. Flacco caught a 29 yard pass. They did a flea flicker for a touchdown. Then it was straight vanilla for 2 years with the occasional failed double reverse. Last year the no-huddle hurry up worked well for a stretch, then they went vanilla again even though Flacco is more comfortable in the no-huddle and has time to adjust protection at the line. When they huddle they walk to the line with 10 seconds left on the play clock, take 5 seconds to get set, glance at the defense and snap the ball.

  70. chb74 says: Dec 10, 2012 12:39 PM

    I’m honestly still not even convinced that Jim Caldwell is alive, let alone equipped to serve a major role on a football team. He’s yet another guy who was graced with an elite QB that made him look far, far better than he actually is. I think anyone looking for him to be some sort of savior in Baltimore is in for a disappointment.

  71. flanders9er says: Dec 10, 2012 12:41 PM

    A much needed change, though it would have been nice had this happened prior to the season.

    I’m interested to see how Caldwell handles the offensive, especially after inheriting arguably the best quarterback of all-time(Peyton) and a very good team in the Colts.

    Needless to say Flacco needs to step up if he wants to earn his keep. I think we should finish out the season and then franchise Flacco. Give him one year to prove himself as a capable quarterback who can lead his team to the Super Bowl.

    I think while we take a look at Flacco in his one year tryout that we also take a look at Harbaugh and give him one more year to prove that he is able to lead this team. I worry that his background in Special Teams has hurt the team while having Cameron as Offensive Coordinator. I think that his limited background has led to him overlooking the abysmal play-calling that us fans have had to sit through on numerous occasions. It has been well-documented how easy Cameron’s schemes are to prepare and defend yet until today, we have not seen one change to alter this in a positive way.

    I wish Jim Caldwell all the best in his campaign as OC and hope that he has seen enough incomplete passes of over 40 yards that he safely eliminates 5 or 6 incomplete passes a game and focuses on getting Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce amble touches to offset the sub-par defense we have. The team will have better success if we can keep our defense off the field by sustaining long drives that utilize our RB’s and milk the clock.

    GO RAVENS

  72. amaf21 says: Dec 10, 2012 12:44 PM

    “You’re welcome.”

    -The Warshington Redskins

  73. tformation says: Dec 10, 2012 12:45 PM

    Got no beef with the Ravens, but this move is curious. Can’t recall ever seeing a team inches away from a playoff berth and/or division title firing their offensive coordinator after a 2-game losing skid. Reeks of panic to me.

  74. iamthefootballjerk says: Dec 10, 2012 12:47 PM

    As a Ravens fan, it has been far too long to watch Cameron and Flacco together. You can’t fire Flacco right now, so here’s the next best thing.

    I don’t think Caldwell will do much worse, but I will be shocked if this makes Flacco any better. The Ravens have kept adding offensive weapons around Flacco, have very few offensive injuries (with a boatload on D), and no improvement. This was a long time coming, just wish they did it before the season.

  75. habsman says: Dec 10, 2012 12:47 PM

    So, did the Raven just promote their QB coach in the hope of getting Rice more touches?

  76. skinsfaninnebraska says: Dec 10, 2012 12:49 PM

    “Flacco is an elite quarterback”, said nobody with any common sense, ever.

  77. msstiller58 says: Dec 10, 2012 12:52 PM

    Of 36 NFL QBs, Flacco is ranked #21.

  78. stevepea says: Dec 10, 2012 12:53 PM

    Glad to see Cameron finally go.
    But the timing is odd.
    It’s not like they can retool the offense overnight.
    That is something best done in the offseason

  79. sportfandc says: Dec 10, 2012 12:54 PM

    The Ravens’ defense is at least as big a problem.

    Was it Cameron’s or Harbaugh’s decision to not go for 2 points after they scored their final touchdown? That’s a big reason they lost the game. (2 points would have put them up by 9, not a tie-able 8)

  80. steelerfansareretards says: Dec 10, 2012 12:55 PM

    vikingsvoice says: Dec 10, 2012 11:42 AM

    Ravens just boosted their chance at playoff success dramatically. Cameron has absolutely held that offense back with frequently curious playcalling.
    ————————————————————-

    You absolutely hit the nail on the head. If you take a step back, the Ravens O has never been horrible and Cam has a very good resume. But over the past 3 years Cam has killed the Ravens with head scratching playcalling.

    The game plan changed from game to game. First they were a no huddle spread pass team. Then they were a run heavy team. Then they were a run first to set up the play action team. Take yesterday’s game for example. The Ravens were running all over the Redskins yet they ran only 1 or 2 play action passes.

    Cam also had a tendency to call the same 5 plays over and over — run first down, run second down, fade patters on third down from shotgun.

    At the very least, I think you’ll see some type of identity from this team which is something they haven’t had in years.

  81. ulfarthelunatic says: Dec 10, 2012 12:55 PM

    I don’t recall any “dropped pass” keeping the Ravens out of the super bowl last year.

    There was a brilliant defensive play by Sterling Moore though :)

  82. tatatoothy says: Dec 10, 2012 12:59 PM

    In related news, the Ravens have chosen to rest all of their starters until the playoffs

  83. all4patriots says: Dec 10, 2012 12:59 PM

    it’s like replacing the spoiled cheese dip with spoiled bean dip

  84. ihateravens says: Dec 10, 2012 1:00 PM

    Ha!

    This is a move of desperation. Deep down everyone knows the Ratbirds are a .500 team. This is a team that will be one and out in the playoff’s and have to realize their elite QB Flukeoo is not the QB of the future. For that matter this team is ready to implode.

    I’ll take the core group of players the Brownstains have over this group for the future.

    Baltimore – you deserve this implosion.

  85. Cereal says: Dec 10, 2012 1:01 PM

    Tall order for Caldwell Wk1 on the job with Von Miller & the Broncs coming to town

  86. pastabelly says: Dec 10, 2012 1:01 PM

    They put up 28 points on the road in Washington and fire Cameron. Go figure. One thing we do know is that the Harbaugh brothers have huge egos and that Caldwell is a figurehead and Harbaugh is really taking control of the offense for himself.

    All of those years they had a great defense and a crappy offense. Now they have a decent offense and their defense is getting old. They can thank Evans and Cundiff for not taking advantage of the Ravens’ short window being open. The current team looks to be an 11-5 team, at best, assuming they can beat either Denver or NY Giants.

  87. restonraven says: Dec 10, 2012 1:02 PM

    This is not any sort of knee-jerk firing by the Ravens. This has been building steadily over the last two years. The offense would go on long scoreless droughts that would last 5,6 or 7 quarters at a time. There were too many times over the last few years where a third and short would ice a game – e.g. a QB sneak or Rice behind Leach behind Yanda and Cameron would call a pass play or pitch wide. There was way too much inconsistency game to game and half-to half and no adjustments made. Flacco was lighting up the Skins secondary in the first half, and they only put up 7 in the second half and really looked ragged offensively. It was an old movie. I really think a new perspective and play calling rhythm was needed. I like the move.

  88. nannymcsack says: Dec 10, 2012 1:05 PM

    “Hey diddle diddle ray rice up the middle”

    not the most difficult job in the world. get ray the ball, and i’m a pats fan

  89. bmoresteal says: Dec 10, 2012 1:06 PM

    This move wreaks of desperation. When was the last time a team fired a coordinator (in season) and it propelled them to the Super Bowl? Just ask the Eagles how that philosophy is working out…

  90. mrchainbluelightning says: Dec 10, 2012 1:08 PM

    Notice all the Ravens fans jumping to throw this guy under the bus because they know it provides an excuse for why Flacco is still just a run of the mill QB.

    Not even close to elite

  91. theysone says: Dec 10, 2012 1:09 PM

    Now both Harbaughs have made huge, ill-timed changes to their offenses in the midst of the playoff race…both moves may very well come back to bite both coaches.

  92. dikshuttle says: Dec 10, 2012 1:14 PM

    Scapegoat.

  93. bingobrown12 says: Dec 10, 2012 1:16 PM

    Better the OC you do know then the OC you don’t know.The Jets went from Schottenheimer to
    Sparano Yikes!.

  94. infectorman says: Dec 10, 2012 1:18 PM

    Ray Rice + The Ball + a few inches of space + a second or so = Ravens Success

    Joe Flacco + The Ball + extra time + moving out of the pocket = Some of the Stupidest decision known to PigSkinners everywhere

  95. infectorman says: Dec 10, 2012 1:24 PM

    What the hell happened to Torrey Smith yesterday?

    Was visiting the White House or something?

  96. ishudbgm says: Dec 10, 2012 1:31 PM

    Harbaugh has had a loaded Ravens team for some time now. Yea, they were one dropped pass from the Super Bowl, only problem is a year later and they are still running around mentioning it. Cam Cameron has been the weak link on that team for years now. Makes me question Harbaugh and what might have taken him so long…Cam has been suspect ever since leaving Miami and him drafting Ted Ginn and Ginn’s family. You have to have a “mad scientist” type of OC these days, Cam just looked “mad” without the “scientist” part.

  97. ahostiletakeover says: Dec 10, 2012 1:47 PM

    This should have happened last year from a business perspective, regardless of how close they were to the big game. Then at least you have a year of Flacco under contract to truly evaluate him as a QB in a different system. Its not a coincidence that Brees and Rivers’ first four years with cam as their OC resulted in eerily similar stats to Flacco’s first 4 years. At worst, it should have happened after the Houston blowout (even though the points allowed might have led one to believe the defense was solely to blame, the offense’s putrid play in that game was just as much to blame) because then you at least get half a season to decide if Cameron was truly the problem. Now you have the potential of adding new plays and schemes with 3 weeks left in the regular season and a very small sample to look at Flacco before he becomes a free agent. If I’m the owner, no matter good or bad Flacco is in these 3 games, its not enough of a sample to say in the offseason “I’m going to resign/ not going to resign this player.” As a Ravens fan I love the move itself, it was just the worst possible time and makes me think “too little, too late.” They probably would have been better served just waiting until the season is over to fire him at this point…

  98. FoozieGrooler says: Dec 10, 2012 2:00 PM

    Who’s next up on the chopping block
    - because you know they’re going to lose the next two games too.

    hell, they might still lose the division…

  99. opneon says: Dec 10, 2012 2:06 PM

    For those who do not follow the Ravens this was a long time coming. If you had one of the best RBs in the league (Ray Rice) and he was not used one time in the 4th quarter against your arch rival (Steelers)…would you be fine with your Coordinator? Especially when that same scenario occurs several times a year?
    Cam is so frustrting! Everytime you think they are going somewhere with no-huddles and a good game plans, he will instantly panic or flip-out and start throwing every down. It’s crazy. And he’s cold, stubborn, non-communicative, and wouldn’t have been here this long except for connections with the Harbaugh family. Don’t know that Caldwell is the final answer, but hopefully Harbs is taking control and will tell Jim what he wants. And Flacco will be better with an actual game plan, a running threat, and a faster game.
    It was time for a shake up – and definitely past time for Cam to go!

  100. iamthefootballjerk says: Dec 10, 2012 2:25 PM

    Anyone that is NOT a Ravens fan has zero clue about any of this. You know what you are fed through the media. Desperation would be the Colts or the Steelers firing their OC. Cameron has been with the team 5 years. The Offense has been mediocre during this time, despite being on the cusp of five straight playoff berths (no other team can match that). Yet, everyone thinks they know. The sad thing as a Ravens fan is that this was a season and three quarters too late. They had a real shot last year with the talent, and a good OC may have made the difference.

  101. wtf2812 says: Dec 10, 2012 2:54 PM

    And now all the excuses are gone. All I’ve heard the last couple of years why this team hasn’t been a Super Bowl champion is because Cam Cameron holds it back. “Cam this” and Cam that.”

    The scapegoat is history.

    Cam is now gone. Let’s see how far the Ravens go without him in the playoffs. My guess is one and done.

  102. clayme52 says: Dec 10, 2012 3:04 PM

    Cam’s problem was that he was convinced that Flacco is a better QB than Rice is a RB

  103. whenimrightimright says: Dec 10, 2012 3:06 PM

    Harbaugh is the problem.

  104. mdravensfan says: Dec 10, 2012 3:10 PM

    Will they hire Zorn back as quaterbacks coach? Flacco did much, much better with him there.

  105. yyyass says: Dec 10, 2012 3:16 PM

    Thank God the Ravens are playing the Broncos next. Caldwell can just walk across the field and ask Manning what it was “they” used to do. The Ravens just paired Rip Van Caldwell with Sleepy the quarterback dwarf. A good time will be had by all.

  106. stew48 says: Dec 10, 2012 3:21 PM

    It is interesting to read all of this, especially the number of times Ray Rice is mentioned. When they play the Steelers, I am always pleased that the Ravens under-use Rice. In fact, according to these comments, he is under-used a lot. Well, there is a reason that is seldom mentioned. Just look at the years a super RB has; it is unually limited to 2-4 at most. A singular exception was the “Bus”, but let’s not get into that. Just study the RB’s, and it appears to me the top management of the Ravens is trying to “save ” RR for more years than most running backs get. Now, don’t get excited and shout out those who have lasted longer; look at the overall. There is a limit.

  107. johnnyhambone says: Dec 10, 2012 3:24 PM

    don’t be surprised if harbaugh brings his old friend from philadelphia marty mornhinweg to baltimore to eventually be the offensive coordinator when caldwell fails miserably

  108. jacktheraven says: Dec 10, 2012 3:40 PM

    I didn’t know there was a problem. How many, 1st place by 2 games, 9-4 teams fire coaches and OC?

  109. dwight123 says: Dec 10, 2012 3:42 PM

    LOL!

    Signed-Dolphins fans.

  110. hotdog113 says: Dec 10, 2012 3:43 PM

    NFL history shows that if a head coach does not win a Super Bowl by his 6th season, he never will. Only 1 coach has done it (Cowher) and he had some help from the officials.

    Harbaugh must go as well. Bring in a new coach and a new quarterback, draft some defensive tackles and linebackers and this team will go places.

  111. jacktheraven says: Dec 10, 2012 3:43 PM

    For you fans ” predicting” Ravens lose the next 2 or 3 games. Betcha you predicted steelers beating the Chargers too? I would stop with the crystal ball.

  112. valid1 says: Dec 10, 2012 3:46 PM

    This has been four years coming. Any Ravens fan that isn’t happy today is very stupid person.

  113. jimfix says: Dec 10, 2012 3:54 PM

    it is absolutely baffling to me that so many ravens fans think that a 9-4 division leader and virtual playoff lock has problems enough that they need to fire their OC and bench their starting quarterback (who in 4 years holds almost every franchise passing record).

  114. opneon says: Dec 10, 2012 4:13 PM

    Ravens fan know that Cam isn’t the reason they couldn’t stop the Steelers or DC. But he COULD have gotten more points on the board and not put the game in Flacco’s hands to lose.
    They are saving Rice to an extent…but that doesn’t mean that you don’t use him AT ALL in the 4th quarter against the Steelers. We should have controlled the game and the clock with the run. Then the Steelers would have had less time to take the game. Pretty basic stuff – and Cam just did not get it.
    You don’t “save” your RB for the playoffs when you have a chance to knock out your biggest rival!!! Now, Rice may be so well rested that he’ll be watching the playoffs from his couch.

  115. samarirolleout says: Dec 10, 2012 4:24 PM

    This is a low risk/high reward move. There is only one scenario that the Ravens don’t make the playoffs at this point, and one of the three parts of that scenario involve a Steelers/Bengals tie when they play. Making this move now gives you the opportunity to see Joe under a different coordinator, see what Caldwell can do as coordinator, and gives you three games to work on how Caldwell wants to run this offense before the playoffs.

    I’m not going to write Caldwell off just because he was a miserable HC. Plenty of guys are terrible HC’s but decent or better coordinators. Going to give him a chance and see what happens.

  116. stevepea says: Dec 10, 2012 4:30 PM

    He should have been fired after the Jacksonville game last year.
    That game said it all about the “offensive” coordinator

  117. gbeltonjr55 says: Dec 10, 2012 4:37 PM

    Maybe people should stop laying the blame on a coaching staff that has a pretty good record of success and place some blame on having the most overrated QB in the NFL?

  118. tdrundmc says: Dec 10, 2012 5:03 PM

    What a horrible move. Jim Caldwell is clueless.

  119. 5150cd says: Dec 10, 2012 5:23 PM

    Caldwell should be great, Peyton taught him a lot.

  120. Nickstixx says: Dec 10, 2012 5:37 PM

    Jim Caldwell is thinking “Okay, when does Peyton get here too? I kind of just made sure he was calling the plays…. “

  121. iceburgskin202 says: Dec 10, 2012 5:40 PM

    I was at the game yesterday and the flacco int was his fault good call poor QB execution. He held on to the ball too long got hit while throwing taking at least 3 off of the board. 5 WR means the ball has to come out quick. Ravens fans will shift blame to Flacco now. And is partly to blame

  122. steelchampions says: Dec 10, 2012 5:43 PM

    Caldwell gets the job because there isn’t anybody else that’s better to give it to. Just be glad he isn’t the one calling time-outs so the other team can have time to re-group (remember the Jets/Colts game?).
    I read somewhere he’s never called plays at the pro level. I hope the Ravens implode like the Colts did last season.

  123. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Dec 10, 2012 6:08 PM

    Whats the saying coaches coach players play?

    Players still need to execute plays no matter what they are(no matter how head scratching they maybe)

  124. steeldominance says: Dec 10, 2012 8:25 PM

    Does it matter? If they make the playoffs, they are one and done. Flacco would look good in a Cards uniform. The Ravens are unraveling.

  125. tdrundmc says: Dec 10, 2012 9:01 PM

    Why does Caldwell keep getting jobs in the nfl? He should be coaching pee wee football. Look at the picture, he’s clueless.

  126. tonyarnold2 says: Dec 10, 2012 9:11 PM

    “gbeltonjr55 says:
    Dec 10, 2012 4:37 PM
    Maybe people should stop laying the blame on a coaching staff that has a pretty good record of success and place some blame on having the most overrated QB in the NFL?”

    MOST OVERRATED QB IN THE NFL!? Hilarious. Flacco is incredibly underrated. He leads a comeback victory over the Patriots and people talk about the reffing. He throws for an almost perfect game against the Raiders with 341 yds and 3 TD’s and no one even talks about the game. He throws for 355 yards and a TD against the Chargers and leads a comeback victory and people just call the Ravens lucky. He throws 3 TD’s and tears up the Skins’ defense and is instead blamed for an interception that was tipped twice and was caught by a diving linebacker. He leads an artful comeback over the Patriots in the AFC Championship that his kicker and receiver give away and all anyone can talk about is Billy Cundiff. If anything, Flacco is underrated. People forget about his great games like they don’t happen and focus on his bad ones like that’s all he does. By the way? His 3 worst games this year (Steelers twice and Texans) were against top 5 defenses. But I’m sure those are the games you think of when you think of how good Flacco is, right? Come on. Give the man some credit. It’s amazing how quarterbacks like RG3 can get seemingly infinite praise for a pretty strong rookie season and how Flacco gets seemingly infinite criticism for a solid career and an outstanding playoff record.

  127. valid1 says: Dec 10, 2012 10:33 PM

    While I agree with the people saying Peyton Manning deserves the lion share of the credit for the Colts offensive success but that isn’t a strike against Caldwell. Manning demands excellence from everyone hes involved with and if you think Caldwell didn’t have a big hand in working out that offense you’re missing the whole picture. Besides Cam Cameron had the worst play calling I’ve ever seen from any OC or HC, I would be astounded if Jim Caldwell was able to meet that high bar that cam set for awfulness.

  128. johnnyblumpkin says: Dec 11, 2012 12:23 AM

    Honestly, what else were the Ravens to do? You can’t fire Joe and if you got rid of him who would be his replacement? The college crop of QB’s sucks this year. Trade? Good luck with that. There aren’t 32 respectable QB’s in the league right now. Cam’s firing was a long time coming. Jim Caldwell is just a stop-gap through this season. There should be plenty of good OC’s hitting the street this off-season. I can think of two current head coaches (coaching out west) that will be looking for jobs come January.

  129. iu40iu53iu76iu81iu87 says: Dec 11, 2012 9:19 PM

    caldwell is a puppet. a bumbling buffoon imbecile who has no business being in the NFL whatsoever on any level, he isn’t qualified enough to hold a gatorade bottle on the sidelines let alone coach. just look at his picture, he is a straight up tool

  130. gregmorris78 says: Dec 13, 2012 9:11 AM

    I was at the Ravens vs Redskins game and what I saw was a Flacco ON his game. He made some great throws to go up at halftime. Though Rice didn’t seem to get the ball as much as pregame indicated he would, Pierce was tearing it up vs the ‘skins. I don’t understand why OC was fired except that maybe behind doors, he dissagreed with the coach irreconcilably.

    Caldwell cannot come close to the job cameron has done.

    Ravens in disarray I suspect

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