Harbaugh Scores With First Hire

January 25, 2008 |

Great start for Ravens head coach John Harbaugh with the hiring of Cam Cameron as his offensive coordinator. Under Cameron, San Diego’s offense scored 492 points to lead the NFL in 2006. This was an offense that featured a first year starter in Phillip Rivers as quarterback and no real stud wide receiver.

He has a great track record with quarterbacks, having developed low round draft picks Trent Green and Gus Frerotte in Washington under Norv Turner and developing both Drew Brees and Rivers in San Diego.

I realize his record as a head coach at both Indiana University and the Dolphins isn’t much, but here he will be able to concentrate only on his forte of offense.

Cameron’s offense will be a change for the Ravens from the “West Coast” offense used by Brian Billick. Look for lots of carries for Willis McGahee (witness LT in San Diego), even more use of Todd Heap (witness Antonio Gates), and more of a vertical passing game. Cameron comes from the Turner tree which gets much of its influence from Don Coryell. Look for everyone to get involved in the offense, as Cameron loves to spread the ball around.

Next mission for Harbaugh and Cameron: finding their starting quarterback.