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Friday, January 25, 2013
Newsome: No one pressured Harbaugh

By Jamison Hensley

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Everyone can agree that firing offensive coordinator Cam Cameron with three weeks remaining in the regular season was a bold decision. But was it entirely coach John Harbaugh's decision?

Asked whether he or owner Steve Bisciotti pushed Harbaugh to fire Cameron, Newsome shook his head emphatically before saying no eight times.

"That would't be fair to John. John has to stand before his coaching staff and his players," Newsome said Friday. "If at any one point do they think that he is overly influenced by Steve or I, he loses his staff and his players. It has to be him."

According to Newsome, Harbaugh started talking about removing Cameron after the Ravens got off the bus from a 31-28 overtime loss at Washington. Newsome said he spoke to Harbaugh as they both drove home that night. "I think I might have to make a decision," Harbaugh told Newsome, and he listed the reasons why.

The next morning, Harbaugh approached Newsome with the news.

"When he walked into my office and told me that he was going to make that decision, he had a peace about himself," Newsome said.

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