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Cam Cameron doesn’t hold grudge, wouldn’t change much

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Cam Cameron was the scapegoat, but the former Ravens offensive coordinator said he wasn’t bitter about being fired in the middle of a Super Bowl run.

In fact, he said he’s rooting for the Ravens next week, hoping his old co-workers do what he wasn’t able to do.

No hard feelings,” Cameron said, via Robert Klemko of USA Today. “I had a great, great five years. I respect the decision they made. That doesn’t mean I have to like it. . . .

“It’s funny, you go from being an offensive coordinator to a fan in a split second. People think that’s hard to do, but for me, it’s not hard. How can you not pull for Joe and Matt Birk and Torrey and Jacoby and Ray and Marshal and Dennis, and Ray Lewis?”

Cameron was fired at a time when the Ravens were 9-4, and six weeks later, they’re in the Super Bowl. The offense has picked up of late, but it’s hard to know how much of that is scheme and how much execution.

In fact, it’s easy to argue that Cameron was a Lee Evans dropped pass away from making this same trip a year ago, which would have made him look a lot smarter. But since he left and the Ravens took off, it’s easy to point to him as the problem.

“You’re always critiquing yourself,” Cameron said. “I’ve got people in my life who I have critique me all the time. Right now, there’s not too many things that I would do differently. Every game, you want a call back here or a call back there. The bottom line is, they felt they needed to make a change.”

And because Broncos safety Rahim Moore fell down, and a number of other events beyond Cameron’s control, the Ravens are a week and a half from a chance to play for a championship.

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27 Responses to “Cam Cameron doesn’t hold grudge, wouldn’t change much”
  1. jravenuk says: Jan 23, 2013 2:12 PM

    I really didn’t like him when he was calling the plays and so far his firing has been justified but you can’t argue that he’s classy after reading this. Kudos, Cam.

  2. takingbacksundays5 says: Jan 23, 2013 2:16 PM

    That stubbornness and the lack of a willingness to change is the exact reason he is unemployed today.

  3. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 23, 2013 2:18 PM

    5 years of listening to Ray’s overhyped emotional drama and trying to make Flacco look like an adequate QB – that’s too much for any OC to take. Sabotage?

  4. ravanator says: Jan 23, 2013 2:28 PM

    Don’t worry Cameron, Ravens will lose the Super Bowl because of Flacco choking, you still being coach would not change the inevitable.

  5. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 23, 2013 2:30 PM

    Thanks god we got rid of this saboteur just in time before the super bowl

  6. gochargersgo says: Jan 23, 2013 2:33 PM

    People really fail to properly attribute how much chance is involved in winning any given superbowl. Like you said, a couple of routine plays going the way they normally do and the Ravens are in last years superbowl and not this years. People often award far too much credit to the players of winning teams, when in reality it was just a little more good luck or a little less bad luck.

  7. Deb says: Jan 23, 2013 2:37 PM

    Referring to someone as a “scapegoat” implies that person took the fall for someone else’s incompetence. Cameron took the fall for his own incompetence. He was no one’s scapegoat. His poor decisionmaking and egomania has undermined his quarterback and his team. They’re going to the Super Bowl, in large part, because Harbaugh finally put what was best for Flacco and his team above his misplaced loyalty to his OC.

  8. yuriyg13 says: Jan 23, 2013 2:38 PM

    I think most of my fellow Ravens fans will agree that in spite of Cam’s shortcomings as a play caller, he has always been a classy guy. Never threw his players under the bus and was always the first to take blame (and much of it was deservedly his). Still, a mans character will always be more important than his ability to call football plays.

  9. flipper14 says: Jan 23, 2013 2:40 PM

    The Ravens put up 500 yards and Flacco threw for 380 the first time they played the Pats this year. They were just so darn inconsistent.

    I think Cam does need to update his passing attack but one thing he has always done well is that his offenses always take great care of the football. That has helped the teams he’s been with win a lot of games, Miami notwithstanding.

    When you look at it he’s had young QBs really young in their developmental stages.

  10. josephgattuso says: Jan 23, 2013 2:47 PM

    Anyone who actually watched Ravens games (which excludes Florio), knows Cameron was holding the Ravens offense back bigtime. This isn’t a coincidence by a longshot. The Ravens simply did NOT use slants or crossing patterns or the entire middle of the field. Boldin was a non-factor. Everybody in Baltimore was talking about the Boldin being a bust. But in reality, he was just being horribly, horribly misused. Since then, he’s been tearing it up. Even Brees said that Cameron kept him from going to that next level. The same applies for Flacco. Since Cameron is gone? 12 touchdowns. 1 interception. His stats since Cameron is gone extrapolate to 40+ touchdowns, 4400+ yards, and 3-4 interceptions. That’s not a coincidence.

  11. ralphtherealravenfan says: Jan 23, 2013 2:55 PM

    Reeeeeally getting tired of the Rahim Moore excuse. Yeah he made a bad play, but people act like it was blind dumb luck, when in reality Flacco saw he was playing too shallow and took advantage. It wasn’t like he threw a lollipop up and hoped for the best. He knew he could make the play, because Moore wasn’t at the right depth before the ball was even snapped. The Ravens are in the Super Bowl because they deserve to be there, not because of pure luck.

  12. dcsween says: Jan 23, 2013 3:03 PM

    There is a third leg of the stool beyond scheme and execution … and that is play calling. Caldwell got REAL aggressive in his play calling in the second half. More aggressive than Cameron would ever get, esp. with a lead. I thought Caldwell deserved the game ball for the playcalling. A player can’t exercise a scheme for what its supposed to be without aggressive playcalling. The second half of that game was one of the best halves of the post-season.

  13. ravensnosncaps says: Jan 23, 2013 3:03 PM

    ravanator says:
    Jan 23, 2013 2:28 PM
    Don’t worry Cameron, Ravens will lose the Super Bowl because of Flacco choking, you still being coach would not change the inevitable.

    What games do you watch? Sorry but Ben choked much more than Flacco did.

  14. beauregard says: Jan 23, 2013 3:17 PM

    If the Ravens do go on to win the Super Bowl Rahim Moore should get a ring too.

  15. Ponder This says: Jan 23, 2013 3:26 PM

    “How can you not pull for Joe and Matt Birk and Torrey and Jacoby and Ray and Marshal and Dennis, and Ray Lewis?”
    ____

    “…and Bryant McKinn…”

  16. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 23, 2013 3:46 PM

    ralphtherealravenfan says:

    Reeeeeally getting tired of the Rahim Moore excuse….It wasn’t like Flacco threw a lollipop up and hoped for the best.
    ——————————————————
    Um, that’s exactly what happened.

  17. scoobies05 says: Jan 23, 2013 4:02 PM

    but when ben does the same thing its because he is awesome right crown? flacco and the ravens are in the superbowl because they made the playoffs and beat everyone they needed to. did they have some luck on their side…sure. but are they the best in the afc? yes. just deal with it and enjoy looking at your trophies. go ravens!!

  18. deathonwings410 says: Jan 23, 2013 4:06 PM

    “The offense has picked up of late, but it’s hard to know how much of that is scheme and how much execution.”

    In Cam Cameron’s scheme, the middle of the field didn’t exist. Suddenly with Caldwell, we’re constantly attacking the middle of the field.

  19. marima07 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:01 PM

    Once again – it wasn’t a “Lee Evans dropped pass”. It was a terrific defensive move by Sterling Moore, who stayed with Evans and never gave up on the play. Give credit where credit is due.

  20. flipper14 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:39 PM

    Not including the final Cincinnati game, Ray Rice’s touches have increased from 20.8 per game to 22.6 per game.

    Boldin (not counting the final Cinci game) averaged 4.5 catches for 63.7 yards per game under Cameron with four touchdowns in 13 games. Since the change, 4.6 catches for 73.8 yards and 3 TDs in five games.

    Rice averaged 109 yards from scrimmage per game before coordinator change and 103 yards per game from scrimmage since.

  21. flipper14 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:47 PM

    According to one of the stats aggregator web sites that I’m not allowed to link to here, Ravens averaged 5.4 catches for 81 yards per game in the middle of the field under Cameron and 5.2 catches for 59.8 yards per game since coordinator change. Caldwell’s actually really been right side heavy.

  22. easternshoresfinest says: Jan 23, 2013 7:46 PM

    marima07 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:01 PM

    Once again – it wasn’t a “Lee Evans dropped pass”. It was a terrific defensive move by Sterling Moore, who stayed with Evans and never gave up on the play. Give credit where credit is due.

    On almost every contested reception receivers have a db immediately try to strip the ball, especially in the end zone. It was Lee’s job to hold on to the ball and he let a practice squad rookie strip him. It was Lee’s screw up, not Moore’s great play.

  23. marima07 says: Jan 23, 2013 8:22 PM

    easternshoresfinest:

    Receivers also drop balls without a DB near them – as Pats’ fans saw in the Super Bowl last year.

    In this case, without Moore’s diligence, Lee makes the catch. Give him credit.

  24. doe22us says: Jan 23, 2013 8:28 PM

    of course he wont say anything negative, he is being paid this yr and next yr by the Ravens.. Sounds like a good deal to me.

  25. pleasefirecam says: Jan 23, 2013 8:45 PM

    Deb, you’re spot on with your comments. I read a lot of these comments and respect your honest and unbiased posts. I have never liked many Steeler fans, but you’re one of the few I do….props

  26. mdnjdevil says: Jan 24, 2013 11:57 AM

    “And because Broncos safety Rahim Moore fell down, and a number of other events beyond Cameron’s control, the Ravens are a week and a half from a chance to play for a championship.”

    Right. Just like it took Matt Ryan and the Falcons crapping the bed for the 49ers to come back in their game. Horrible try.

  27. Deb says: Jan 24, 2013 4:09 PM

    @pleasefirecam …

    Thank you!

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