Ravens have been down this road before
December 10, 2012, 3:30 pm
BREAKING: Ravens fire OC Cam Cameron
The firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Monday is a move that's obviously meant to try and help an inconsistent offense find its way.
Teams don't love to make moves like this during the season. It shows there's a problem and changing leaders isn't always a guarantee for success. However, the Ravens did make a similar move back in 2006 that paid off pretty well.
Brian Billick and the team fired then-offensive coordinator Jim Fassel after the first six games that season. The Ravens were 4-2, but the offense was clearly sputtering at that time. The move also was a tough one since Billick and Fassel had a good personal relationship.
At that point, Billick took over the play-calling duties, and the offense really took off. The Ravens finished the season with a 13-3 record and scored 353 points that year-- despite coming up short in a 15-6 playoff loss to the Colts in Baltimore.
The Fassel move was a bit different since it came six games into the season. The Cameron firing comes with three games left, and the Ravens are in first place.
There's some similarities between the firings. Each time, the offense just couldn't seem to do what the team wanted. But then again, that's why moves are made.
It will be interesting to see how the offense responds to a late-season move and what Jim Caldwell does to put his stamp on the offense. Can he do much of that in just three weeks? And what are the Ravens looking for from him?