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Cameron's firing adds to pressure on Harbaugh, Flacco

By Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun Published: December 11, 2012

According to two Ravens sources, both Harbaugh and Bisciotti were not pleased with the play selection at the end of the half and end of the game. Harbaugh was also not happy with the pass protection in the second half and wanted Flacco to be protected more.

Harbaugh and Cameron, according to the sources, were involved in a heated exchange on the sideline that carried over into the locker room after the game. After conferring with Bisciotti and several others in the organization, according to the sources, a decision was made to release Cameron.

Bisciotti did not return phone calls Monday. Harbaugh adamantly denied Monday any confrontations on the sideline ever took place.

“It's not about fair or unfair, right or wrong,” Harbaugh said. “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.”

“We have a lot of work to do, and we have the coaches and players in place to achieve our goals this season,” he said. “We are working on that right now. I'm excited about where we are and where we are going.”

Cameron didn't get along well with Flacco, but it appeared the two had worked out most of their differences. But as the Ravens took the field in overtime Sunday, Flacco looked confused. And when he did his famed 360 move while trying to escape pressure, he looked as lost as he did doing his rookie season.

The Caldwell and Flacco relationship will be interesting. In a recent story in The Baltimore Sun, Flacco admitted he was a little frustrated about the Ravens abandoning the no-huddle and Flacco has always suggested the Ravens throw more than run. The no-huddle was Flacco's toy.

It was easy to see the influence of Caldwell right away in Flacco from the new gyrations and antics under center to some new buzz words used at the line of scrimmage. But in Indianapolis, Caldwell worked with Peyton Manning, one of the best quarterbacks ever in the history of the league.

Flacco is no Peyton Manning. He's not even younger brother Eli.

But if Flacco can't reach the next level with Caldwell, it will probably mean the end of him in Baltimore.

As for Harbaugh, he is under fire now. The move to Caldwell looks like one of desperation. The Ravens have a number of stars on the roster and this team could unravel if it keeps going south.

The Ravens made a smart move by bringing Caldwell here during the off season, and Harbaugh spent a lot of time with him having Caldwell evaluate the offense and Flacco.

Overall, it's a good move. The players and other assistant coaches were unhappy with Cameron because they thought he didn't listen to them. Also, both Flacco and the offense had hit the ceiling under Cameron.

Apparently, this decision couldn't have waited because the disagreements were too much Sunday during and after the game.

Harbaugh didn't have a lot of choices. He had to put on his big pants quickly.

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