After back to back losses, the Baltimore Ravens have fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
The team officially announced the coaching change on Monday, less than 24 hours after a dreadful performance by the Ravens’ offense in the second half of their 31-28 overtime loss to Washington Sunday.
“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,” said head coach John Harbaugh, in a statement released by the team.
“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.”
Cameron, 51, had been the Ravens’ offensive coordinator since 2008. During his 5-year tenure, Baltimore has been stuck in a mire of mediocrity, ranking 18th, 13th, 22nd and 15th during the four full seasons before the current campaign.
Before the Ravens, Cam had been in charge for a disastrous one-year stint as head coach for a 1-15 Miami Dolphins squad.
Prior to that, he experienced moderate success as offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers for five seasons.
With Cameron’s departure, Jim Caldwell, who was hired as the Ravens’ quarterbacks coach before the season, will take over as offensive coordinator.
Caldwell was quarterbacks coach for Peyton Manning at Indianapolis before taking over as head coach of the team from 2009-11. He makes his offensive coordinator debut with the Ravens on Sunday against the Broncos.