By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
10:50 PM EST, January 28, 2013
The firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has triggered a dramatic renaissance for the Ravens' dormant offense.
Since dismissing Cameron on Dec. 10 following a 31-28 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins and replacing him by promoting quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell, the offense has been resurgent.
In their three playoff victories to reach the Super Bowl, the Ravens have averaged 427 yards of total offense and 30 points per contest.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has delivered eight touchdown passes and zero interceptions in the postseason.
Despite the upgrades to the offense, which has featured Flacco getting rid of the football more quickly and an improved balance between the passing game and running game, Ravens coach John Harbaugh expressed respect for Cameron.
"The first thing about that to understand is that, I think it was part of a progression to become as good as we could possibly be," Harbaugh said today upon arriving in New Orleans for a Super Bowl matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. "Coach Cameron, who is a good friend of mine and all of our coaches and all of our players, continues to have a great relationship with everyone to this day. He is a big part of our success. He is a big part of what we built here.
"He laid a foundation and had lots of success and obviously won a lot of football games. He laid the foundation for what we’re going through right now. He did a lot of hard work and had a lot of good ideas that helped to build that, because we felt we had to do something to jumpstart us for a lot of different reasons, whatever those reasons are, it was successful. I don’t think that lessens Cam’s contribution to that success.”