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Ravens fire Cam Cameron, promote Jim Caldwell

Cam Cameron (left) is out of the picture altogether in Baltimore. (Harry How / Getty Images)

The Baltimore Ravens have fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, replacing him with quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell.

The move comes a day after the Ravens lost, 31-28 in overtime to the Washington Redskins and was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The loss highlighted a feeling that the Ravens, although 9-4, are slipping, not surging.

“There is no fear, that is not the word I would use,” Paul Kruger told Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun after the game. “It’s definitely an urgent feeling. We have to win. That’s the bottom line. It was the same thing coming in this week, so that just makes it more intense and we have to be clutch these last couple games. We have to make it happen. Our destiny is in our own hands.”

Jim Caldwell, who took the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl (losing to New Orleans), is tasked with applying the brakes. Caldwell was hired by the Ravens in January after a long career in Indianapolis. He was fired in a house-cleaning move that also included the end of the Peyton Manning era after the Colts finished 2-14 last season.

Cameron joined the Ravens in 2008 after he was fired as the coach of the Miami Dolphins. In Baltimore, Cameron’s offense has never topped 13th in yards per game in the league and there was a belief that quarterback Joe Flacco wasn’t progressing.

Flacco told the Baltimore Sun last week that he was frustrated that the team had gone away from the no-huddle offense. Asked why that happened, Flacco said: “I don’t know.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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