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Harbaugh defends Cameron on WBAL

In his hour-long weekly radio show on WBAL Monday evening, Ravens coach John Harbaugh defended the play-calling of Cam Cameron and rejected a suggestion that he take over the calls himself.

"Cam's the play-caller," Harbaugh said. "I have all the faith and confidence" in him in that role.


Harbaugh addressed two play-calls against the Packers in particular. One was the flea flicker call on which quarterback Joe Flacco threw a first-quarter interception. Harbaugh said he liked the call, but because the downfield receivers were covered, Flacco should have thrown the ball away or thrown the checkdown. Nick Collins made the interception, although it did not lead to a Green Bay score.

The other call came in the fourth quarter, when Willis McGahee was tripped up by Charles Woodson for a 2-yard loss on first-and-goal at the Green Bay 1. McGahee went wide on the play. Harbaugh said the play was intended to go inside behind Haloti Ngata, but McGahee made the decision to break it outside.


The Ravens had to use a time-out before second down to avoid a delay-of-game penalty and then Flacco threw an interception in the end zone to snuff the scoring threat.

Other points Harbaugh made during the show:

-- Referee Walt Anderson inexplicably reset the play clock in the final two-plus minutes of the game before Green Bay's final field goal. The play clock originally should have expired before the two-minute mark, but not after Anderson reset it. "I don't understand why he did that," Harbaugh said.

-- Billy Cundiff played with a concussion he suffered on the opening kickoff when he was kneed in the head by a teammate. Cundiff, Harbaugh said, was allowed to kick but had to come off the field after he kicked. Of the two pooch kicks late in the game, Harbaugh said one was intended to be a squib but that Cundiff mis-hit it. The other pooch, Harbaugh said, "was all he could do."

-- Harbaugh said the Ravens would "get some more guys in the mix" on the pass rush, and said Paul Kruger and Antwan Barnes both played well in that capacity. Harbaugh said the Ravens needed to improve everything in going after the quarterback.