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Cam Cameron calls John Harbaugh “a great friend”

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Cam Cameron has no hard feelings toward the man who fired him two months ago.

Cameron, who was fired as the Ravens’ offensive coordinator by head coach John Harbaugh just before the Ravens went on their late-season run to the Super Bowl, says he still feels warmly toward Harbaugh. In fact, Cameron said at his introductory press conference as LSU’s new offensive coordinator that that he loves Harbaugh.

“The past five years with John Harbaugh, I would not trade for anything in the world,” Cameron said. “We’re still great friends to this day. When you love somebody, it’s easy to just look at each other in the eye and know that we love each other unconditionally. We understand how things in football, or just things in general can play out, but it is an opportunity of a lifetime to work with people you care about. There’s no downside to it in my mind because the relationship still always trumps anything. For me, my family, it doesn’t get any better than this.”

Cameron has always run a pro-style offense, and he has conservative offensive roots, having come up as an assistant to the old-school Michigan coach Bo Schembechler. But he said he’s excited about the way offenses are evolving in college.

“How can you not be in love with the direction the college game is going?” Cameron said. “I marvel at what’s being done in college football. What a great game. The game is getting better and better. It’s a little interesting to watch the National Football League now really evolve more and more from the college game.”

It will be interesting to see whether Cameron can evolve at the college level. In the NFL, his inability to adapt led to his firing by a great friend.

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27 Responses to “Cam Cameron calls John Harbaugh “a great friend””
  1. moerawn says: Feb 16, 2013 7:49 AM

    *sniff* I’m all choked up.

  2. sharkt says: Feb 16, 2013 8:18 AM

    Maybe Cameron and Harbaugh should double-date with Lomas Brown and Scott Mitchell.

  3. medialovesthecowboys says: Feb 16, 2013 8:30 AM

    “We’re still great friends to this day. When you love somebody, it’s easy to just look at each other in the eye and know that we love each other unconditionally”
    - my dad said the same thing about my mom on their 30th Wedding Anniversary.

  4. themagicman1223 says: Feb 16, 2013 8:32 AM

    How cute…

  5. hartleechung says: Feb 16, 2013 8:35 AM

    With friends like that, who needs enemies?

    Thanks folks and don’t forget to tip your waitress.

  6. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 16, 2013 8:44 AM

    Two idiots LOL

  7. cubancigar10 says: Feb 16, 2013 8:46 AM

    Great example of this guy not being aware of what is going on around him. From what I understand, Cam was let go because he was unable to integrate his assistant coach’s input into the offensive game plan, thus creating a great amount of discord.

    Cam’s strategy was counter to what they wanted, not effective, and he refused to change and act as a cohesive group even at Harbaugh’s urging. Now I know the real reason he almost lost every game as HC with the Fins.

    Cam you are dealing with a system that feeds off group input. How are you going to change when you get to the college level? I am amazed you got another opportunity to coach.

  8. vaphinfan says: Feb 16, 2013 8:53 AM

    If someone punched this guy in the face he would just turn the other cheek and let tbem do it again.

  9. bmore44 says: Feb 16, 2013 8:53 AM

    Cam had a wake up call B-more. Your way isn’t always the best way. Don’t be stubborn listen to coaches and players. Cam has a great offense ,and I think LSU got a great offense coach. he should of tried for HC job in college, instead OC.

  10. rajbais says: Feb 16, 2013 8:57 AM

    You’re lucky that he’s your friend and even luckier to have been absolved from the bad offenses that Flacco was unfairly blamed for before your firing.

  11. bmoreballers says: Feb 16, 2013 9:01 AM

    Bromance

  12. sbaltimore says: Feb 16, 2013 9:03 AM

    Yeah. And that friendship prevented Cameron from being fired two years ago when he should have been fired.

  13. lawyermalloy says: Feb 16, 2013 9:12 AM

    Once again it is quite clear that Cameron’s dismissal came from the “top” and not from Harbaugh.

  14. MTLighthouse69 says: Feb 16, 2013 9:17 AM

    It is called not burning bridges.

    I haven’t been a Cameron fan going all the way back to the Chargers/Patriots playoff game back in 06. Never have I seen a team have such a complete meltdown on both sides of the ball. To the say the Chargers played soft is a complete understatement. The whining after the game didn’t help my opinion of the Chargers any, and this is from a Chargers’ fan.

    I think the big question to ask, is would Cameron have lead the Ravens to a SB win this past season if he wasn’t fired?

    I think the answer to that is no.

  15. raiderlyfe510 says: Feb 16, 2013 9:32 AM

    bmore44 says:
    Feb 16, 2013 8:53 AM
    Cam had a wake up call B-more. Your way isn’t always the best way. Don’t be stubborn listen to coaches and players. Cam has a great offense ,and I think LSU got a great offense coach. he should of tried for HC job in college, instead OC.
    ————————————————-
    Cam Cameron couldn’t lead a dog to chase a cat. OC is his best position .

  16. patfic15 says: Feb 16, 2013 9:40 AM

    Can’t wait to see how Les Miles screws this up.

  17. gonavybeatarmy says: Feb 16, 2013 9:53 AM

    Everyone in Baltimore knows that it was Bisciotti who fired Cam.

  18. polo550 says: Feb 16, 2013 10:25 AM

    He still loves Harbaugh because John wasn’t the one that fired him. Harbaugh doesn’t have that kind of juice.

  19. neepo13 says: Feb 16, 2013 11:09 AM

    @MTLighthouse69

    Not only is the answer to that no, I think he might have actually cost them a trip or two prior to this one.

    Keeping Cam through the Ravens out of whack in more ways than one. For one, the one thing Cam does very well is get production out of his RB. Say what you want about his game plans going away from Rice, Rice was at his absolute best under Cameron. In the short sample we have of him away from Cam, he has looked like the 2nd best RB on the team. Maybe you don’t have to pay as much for Rice, if you see how much the system helped him. The other side of that is you see how much the system hindered Joe Flacco.

  20. egghead says: Feb 16, 2013 12:00 PM

    Psycho Les loves you too Cam.

  21. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 16, 2013 12:19 PM

    Where is the fanboy? Oh that’s right this is a Raven thread and ravenator only comments on steeler threads…sorry getting old I forgot.

    Very touching John and Cam….but who really cares?

  22. jiggy3198 says: Feb 16, 2013 12:24 PM

    The guy hold qbs back. Just look at rivers and Bree’s after can left. Huge career boosts just like flacco. The guys not good

  23. thetooloftools says: Feb 16, 2013 12:56 PM

    Where they really more then just friends? I mean this borders on man crush.

  24. scoobies05 says: Feb 16, 2013 6:15 PM

    did i just see nofoolnodrool comment on a ravens themed thread calling out ravenator for only posting on steeler themed threads? and he wonders why we think he is a clown
    nice to see john and cam are still friends. and its already been stated that cam will get a ring. not really news but all will live happily ever after. go ravens!

  25. randallflagg52 says: Feb 16, 2013 8:01 PM

    I’ve said before Cam is a great coordinator to get a young QB up to NFL speed. What he did for Joe Flacco, a guy with only 2 years starting experience at Delaware was amazing.

    However as the QB evolves Cam doesn’t evolve with him. This much was evident when Cam was fired, Caldwell promoted and Joe went on to have one of the best post seasons in history. I think any team with a young pocket passer would be wise to look to Cameron to be the “training wheels” for their QB.

    Us Raven fans always blasted Cameron for being conservative and predictable, but does anyone remember the plays he called in 2008? Remember Joe’s 40 yard reception against the Raiders? What happened to that Cam Cameron?

  26. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 17, 2013 2:31 PM

    and he wonders why we think he is a clown

    Ah sweet justice I made you think…wasnt sure you did thought you just followed the rat turd mantra. Speaking of thought provoking how are the collections going for the statue of slash?

  27. scoobies05 says: Feb 17, 2013 4:17 PM

    just waiting on your check to clear and then the work will begin

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