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Ravens fire OC Cameron

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The Baltimore Ravens confirmed they fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Monday.

Cameron will be replaced by quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell, who was hired in February after being let go as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

The Ravens are coming off a 31-28 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday, the most points they have scored on the road this season. However, they also had two turnovers deep in Washington territory.

Baltimore's offense is ranked 18th in the NFL, and quarterback Joe Flacco recently admitted he didn't know why the Ravens have trended away from their no-huddle offense.

"My charge - our responsibility as a coaching staff - is to maximize the opportunities for our team to win, and we can still reach all of our goals for this season," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said.

"With our coaches and players, the solution is in the building. We are going to make the most of our opportunities going forward, and this change gives us a better possibility to achieve our goals."

The Ravens, 9-4, lead the AFC North Division by two games over the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals and will play host to the Denver Broncos this Sunday in a critical game for playoff position in the AFC.

Cameron, formerly a head coach with the Miami Dolphins, had been with the Ravens since Harbaugh was hired in 2008. He has been tasked with the development of Flacco, who has been uneven in his fifth season - the final one of his rookie contract.

Flacco is on pace for a career-high 3,963 passing yards. But he hasn't made the strides in consistency expected.

"There is a very human side to this. Cam is my friend, he taught me a lot about coaching, and he is an outstanding coach," Harbaugh said. "Personally, this is the hardest thing I've ever had to do as a coach. Cam has been a significant contributor to all of our successes over the past four, almost five, seasons. Deservedly, he is highly-regarded, and we owe thanks to him for what he did for the Ravens.

"It's not about fair or unfair, right or wrong. My responsibility is to the whole team and what's best for them right now. We need a change. Our plan and our goals are to win games, win our division and get to the playoffs."

Caldwell has never been a play-caller during his 12 seasons as a coach in the NFL and college. Ironically, his first game as offensive coordinator will come against former pupil Peyton Manning.

"We have a lot of work to do, and we have the coaches and players in place to achieve our goals this season," Harbaugh said. "We are working on that right now. I'm excited about where we are and where we are going."
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