The toughest, but most brilliant, call any NFL head coach made in the 2012 season was undoubtedly Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh’s decision to fire offensive coordinator Cam Cameron during the stretch run of the regular season.
In Harbaugh’s eyes, the 9-4 Ravens had stagnated on offense, so Harbaugh got the entire franchise’s attention by letting the respected Cameron go on Dec. 10. “It was a brilliant move,” Cameron later told The New York Times. “Everyone on the team took a look in the mirror after that.”
Under new boss Jim Caldwell, the Ravens jumped from 344.4 yards of total offense per game to 406.2 for the remainder of the regular season, and to 424.7 during their run through the NFL playoffs. Baltimore lost two of the three remaining regular season games after Cameron’s dismissal, but ultimately played a perfect postseason en route to claiming the franchise’s second Super Bowl title.
Though it was no doubt a hard pill to swallow watching his former team’s run to ultimate glory, Cameron landed squarely on his feet as the SEC’s highest-paid offensive coordinator. And as the time arrived to share in the spoils of victory, the Ravens made sure to remember Cameron’s contribution to the cause.
The newly-hired LSU offensive coordinator shared this with the Twitter world on Tuesday evening.
Thank you, Baltimore. twitter.com/LSUCoachCam/st…
— Cam Cameron (@LSUCoachCam) June 11, 2013