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Ravens announce increased duties for Cameron

Joe Flacco, Jim Zorn

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) and quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn, left, look on during NFL football practice, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/NickWass)


As expected, Jim Zorn has been bounced by the Baltimore Ravens, one year after being fired by the Redskins.

The Ravens announced the move Thursday, but the departure of Zorn appeared virtually as a post script, at the bottom of a release announcing that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will “take a more hands-on approach” with the team’s quarterbacks.

“We’ve talked about this since the end of the season, and we believe this will help improve our offense,” coach John Harbaugh said. “Cam is noted for his development of quarterbacks, and that includes Joe Flacco and Pro Bowl players like Drew Brees and Philip Rivers. Cam is excited about this change and is looking forward to it.”

Ravens fans likely are feeling ambivalent, at best, about the move. Many of them wanted to see Cameron fired. Instead, he’ll have an even greater role in 2011.

Offensive assistant Craig Ver Steeg will assist with the quarterbacks.

Said Harbaugh of Zorn: “We were able to get Jim here for a year after his head coaching job with the Redskins. He was able to help us get back to the playoffs, and we thank him for his contributions.”

In other words, “We’re blaming Zorn for not getting any farther than we did.”