Monday, December 10, 2012
Harbaugh brothers not afraid to take risks
By Jamison Hensley
Teams don't fire their offensive coordinator in the same week they can clinch a playoff spot. Teams also don't change quarterbacks in late November when they're getting ready to go on a Super Bowl run.
It looks like making unorthodox moves runs in the Harbaugh family.
A month after Jim Harbaugh committed to Colin Kaepernick over Alex Smith in San Francisco, John Harbaugh dismissed offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in Baltimore. John Harbaugh said he thought about the potential of this becoming a distraction, but he decided to do it because it was best for the team.
“I don’t think it will be disruptive. I think it will be positive," John Harbaugh said at his Monday news conference. "It will be up to all of us to make it that way. Like we talked to the team: the solutions are right here in the room to improving."
Like his brother Jim, John Harbaugh isn't one to give specifics on why he made the move. Was it the run-pass ratio? Was it the lack of the no huddle? Harbaugh was vague on what prompted him to fire Cameron.
"It would be real easy to go the route in saying it's the result of something and somebody is taking the blame for something. It is not that," Harbaugh said. "People are going to believe what they want to believe. It's what I believe is best for our offense and for our football team. That's not to say anybody can't do the job or didn't do the job. Cam was doing a heck of a job here and nobody knows that better than me. And nobody stated that more times. I believe that. I also believe right now at this time, the timing says that this is the best thing. This is what we're going to do."
Harbaugh said there were phone calls made last night about Cameron and acknowledged it was his decision to make the move. But he danced around a question on whether owner Steve Bisciotti had suggested removing Cameron.
"I'm not getting into any of that," Harbaugh said. "We do a great job in this organization of communicating and talking. I'll just leave it at that."
Harbaugh also wouldn't say whether Jim Caldwell, who replaces Cameron, will remain the offensive coordinator for next season.
"This is an opportunity for us to win football games," Harbaugh said. "Long term considerations are long-term considerations. That’s not at the forefront of our mind."