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Cam Cameron calls move to fire him 'brilliant'

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

When Ravens coach John Harbaugh fired his offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in December, he called it “hardest thing I've ever had to do as a coach.”

Harbaugh was clearly frustrated with the flat-lining development of quarterback Joe Flacco and the offense's performance as a whole, and he said, “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.”

Turned out to be a pretty good move, right? Well, yeah. Even Cameron thinks so.

He told The New York Times on Wednesday that Harbaugh did the right thing.

“It was a brilliant move,” Cameron said. “Everyone on the team took a look in the mirror after that.”

After Harbaugh fired Cameron and installed Jim Caldwell as the new offensive coordinator, running back Ray Rice started getting more carries and Flacco began playing some of the best football of his career. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not.

“We were inconsistent. And if I'm in charge, I'm saying: ‘Why are we inconsistent?' ” Cameron said. “We need to get the team's attention.'"

In the piece, Cameron details the day that he got fired and that he and Harbaugh hugged in the head coach's office after Cameron received the news. Then, Cameron went home to spend time with his kids. Cameron wants to return to coaching next year. But until then, he'll pull for Baltimore.

“You can't do anything but root for those guys,” he told the Times.

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