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John Harbaugh: The timing says firing Cameron is the best thing

Baltimore Ravens v San Diego Chargers

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Head Coach John Harbaugh and Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron of the Baltimore Ravens watch from the sidelines during a 16-13 win over the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 25, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh held a press conference Monday afternoon and, as you’d expect, the firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was a popular topic.

Despite talking about it a lot, though, Harbaugh didn’t offer too much more insight into the reason behind the move than he offered in his statement earlier in the day. He praised Cameron often and made a point of saying that the move wasn’t made because of any issue from this week’s game.

“We put 28 points up, so you’re not going to say it’s a reaction to a down offensive performance. It’s not that. I think that’s really important to point out. It would be really easy to go the route that it’s the result of something and somebody is taking the blame for something. It is not that,” Harbaugh said, via “People are going to believe what they want to believe. It’s what I believe is best going forward for our offense and for our football team. Cam was doing a heck of a job here. He was doing a heck of a job here for a long time. Nobody knows that better than me, and nobody has stated that more times. I believe that. I also believe right now at this time, the timing says this is the best thing, and this is what we’re going to do.”

It doesn’t really add up to say that the timing of the move is for the best if it isn’t a reaction to the performance of the offense. Unless, of course, there were problems between Cameron and others in Baltimore. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported that the firing came after “an accumulation of personal issues” between the coordinator and quarterback Joe Flacco and Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun reports that owner Steve Bisciotti and Harbaugh were both unhappy with play calling on Sunday.

“I’m not getting into any of that. We do a great job in this organization of communicating and talking, and we’ve got great leadership here all across the board, and I’ll just leave it at that,” Harbaugh said when asked about reports of Bisciotti’s role.

New offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell said Monday there will be no “system change” in the final three weeks. It seems the Ravens are hoping a personality change will do the trick.