Originally written on Ravens Football Machine  |  Last updated 11/19/14

MIAMI - OCTOBER 19: Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron of the Baltimore Ravens directs his team from the sideline against the Miami Dolphins in the fourth quarter at Dolphin Stadium on October 19, 2008 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
Fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron landed on his feet... he's just been named the new offensive coordinator at LSU. Good for Cam...and a nicer man with a bigger heart you'll never meet. I'm one of the few Ravens writers who think Cam got a raw deal when John Harbaugh threw him under the bus after Game 13...         So much of Cam's game plan depended on a functional offensive line and execution on passing downs by his receivers.  He seemed to be getting neither of those factors on a consistent basis. It really wasn't until John Harbaugh switched up his OL personnel, and Jacoby Jones and Torrey Smith started making plays to the ball which they had been muffing, that the Ravens went on their run to the Super Bowl. It had virtually nothing to do with the difference between Cam Cameron and replacement OC Jim Caldwell. Go back and look at NFLN sideline footage of Cam's last few games with the Ravens. There are some shots of John Harbaugh yelling at Cameron with some degree of animosity. Cameron just stands there and takes it. What was Harbaugh so angry about? My guess is Harbaugh was getting frustrated during a 3-game losing streak over poor execution by the O-Line and his receivers. And it's tough to establish a running game when your receivers can't run successful routes and make essential catches, or your O-Line is getting beat down at the point of attack. At some point, Harbaugh blamed Cam Cameron for the poor performance of his personnel. Caldwell was on staff and probably going to be promoted to OC at the end of the season anyway. If the Ravens had not made the Super Bowl, Cameron's contract was not going to be renewed. So Harbaugh figured, shake it up now---what did he have to lose? The only real difference between Cameron and Caldwell is Joe Flacco gets a little more freedom to audible out of plays called by Caldwell. But that's a minimal difference. Without Bryant McKinnie emerging to save the day at left tackle, and Marshal Yanda getting healthy at RG, and Jones and Smith getting some extra time to get open and finally perking up their routes, none of the good stuff under Caldwell's tutelage would have happened. That's the reality. And that's why Cam Cameron deserves a Super Bowl ring as much as anyone in the Ravens building. Five years of winning...that's Cameron's legacy in Baltimore. That was his offensive system on display in New Orleans. With his teams securing a better than .600 winning percentage with Cam as offensive coordinator (100-57 regular season record in 10 seasons with San Diego and Baltimore), he is one of the winningest coordinators in NFL history. The Ravens notched a 53-24 regular season mark during Cameron’s tenure in Baltimore. The average experience of Cam Cameron’s starting quarterbacks during his 10 seasons as an offensive coordinator was only 3.2 years. If you don’t count the two seasons that Philip Rivers was a backup to Drew Brees (Rivers’ first career start was the first game of his third NFL season), the average starting experience for Cam Cameron’s starting quarterbacks during those 10 seasons was 2.9 years. Under Cameron’s direction in San Diego, Philip Rivers earned a Pro Bowl selection in his first season as a starter and Drew Brees earned a Pro Bowl berth in only his third year as a starting quarterback. In that third season, Brees recorded the third highest QB rating of his career and recorded a career-low seven interceptions. The tremendous success of future Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson, as well as Ravens running back Ray Rice is well documented. However, as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, Cameron helped Ronnie Brown lead the entire NFL in total yards from scrimmage over the first seven games of the season before a season-ending knee injury. In his 11 seasons as an NFL head coach or offensive coordinator, Cameron’s offenses led the NFL in points once, finished among the top five on three occasions (1st, 3rd, and 5th), and finished in the top half of the NFL nine times. The two occasions his offenses weren’t among the top half of the league in points were his first season in San Diego and his only season in Miami. After only his fourth season, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco became the Ravens’ all-time leading passer in yards (13,816), TD passes (80), and completions (1,190) and was second in completion percentage (60.8). Flacco’s 44 regular season wins in his first four seasons were the most ever by a starting quarterback in his first four years in the NFL. Flacco is the only starting quarterback in NFL history (since the 1970 merger) to reach the playoffs in each of his first four seasons. Make that five. Give Cam Cameron a ring.  
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Blandino: Deflategate no sting; PSI in footballs not logged in

Aaron Hernandez’s DNA found on bullet casing, joint near body

Thomas upset he was tested for PEDs over health statement

Marshawn’s press conference to end all press conferences

NFL to assist Seahawks in ID'ing Pats' ineligible receiver sets

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Josh Gordon in essay: I'm not an addict

Belichick, Brady can't imagine Hall of Fame without Seau

Teammate: Johnny Manziel is definitely not a joke

Knicks reportedly ‘in play’ for Kevin Durant

Fire alarm at Patriots’ hotel goes off for second time in three days

Former NFL QB Jeff Blake: Everyone deflates footballs

NFL, officials, Carroll disagree on ineligible player rules

Seattle business rolling 12,000 joints for Super Bowl

How Yardbarker got Marshawn Lynch to open up back in 2008

Super Bowl records that won't fall anytime soon

Richard Sherman, girlfriend expecting baby any day

15 amazing Super Bowl XLIX stats

Pats fans buy Super Bowl tickets, told they're unavailable

The 10 most underrated Super Bowl performances

Where did Seahawks, Patriots find their Super Bowl players?

The all-time best Super Bowl team

Jimbo Fisher's extension could be worth $44 million

Morris twins investigated for possible assault

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Super Bowl records unlikely to fall

15 amazing Super Bowl XLIX stats

Teammate: Manziel not a joke

Ten most underrated SB performances

Knicks ‘in play’ for Kevin Durant?

Ex-QB: Everyone deflates footballs

Where did 'Hawks, Pats find players?

Columnist: Start Skittles media boycott

The all-time best Super Bowl team

Blatt wants more LeBron MVP talk

Best Super Bowl ads of all-time

5 X-factors for Super Bowl XLIX

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.