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          === Cameron out as Ravens' OC, Caldwell promoted to post ===
 
 Owings  Mills, MD (Sports Network) - The Baltimore Ravens have fired offensive
 coordinator  Cam  Cameron and elevated  quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell to the
 position.
 
 Head  coach John Harbaugh's decision comes one day after the Ravens lost their
 second  straight  game. Baltimore came up  short on Sunday in a 31-28 overtime
 setback at Washington after dropping a 23-20 decision to Pittsburgh last week.
 
 "My  charge  -- our responsibility  as a coaching staff  -- is to maximize the
 opportunities for our team to win, and we can still reach all of our goals for
 this  season," said Harbaugh in a statement Monday. "We have a motto we follow
 on this team: W.I.N. -- What's Important Now -- and what's important now is to
 find ways to get better, win the AFC North and advance to the playoffs."
 
 The  Ravens  are  9-4 and  still  own  a  two-game  lead over  Pittsburgh  and
 Cincinnati in the AFC North with three weeks remaining.
 
 "We  are going  to make the most  of our opportunities going forward, and this
 change  gives  us a better possibility  to achieve our goals," Harbaugh added.
 "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."
 
 Baltimore  has  been in the  middle of  the pack in  total offense for much of
 Cameron's five-year tenure. The best rank  for the Ravens was 13th in 2009 and
 this year's squad was 19th entering Week 14.
 
 Cameron  joined the Ravens in January of 2008 after a dismal one-year stint as
 the  head coach  at Miami. The Dolphins  were 1-15 in his lone season of 2007,
 but  Cameron did  have prior success as offensive coordinator at San Diego for
 four seasons.
 
 "There  is  a very human  side to this.  Cam is my friend,  he taught me a lot
 about   coaching,  and  he  is  an  outstanding  coach,"  Harbaugh  continued.
 "Personally, this is the hardest thing I've ever had to do as a coach. Cam has
 been  a  significant contributor to  all of our  successes over the past four,
 almost  five, seasons. Deservedly, he is highly regarded, and we owe thanks to
 him for what he did for the Ravens."
 
 Caldwell  was  hired by the  Ravens this past  January after three-year run as
 head  coach of the Indianapolis Colts. With Peyton Manning at quarterback, the
 Colts  reached  the Super Bowl  in Caldwell's first year  at the helm, but the
 Colts  were just  2-14 with  Manning sidelined  all last  season because  of a
 neck injury.
 
 Harbaugh said Caldwell will also handle play-calling duties.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 12/10 16:06:52 ET