Cam Cameron: Firing 'brilliant move'

Updated: January 25, 2013, 8:19 AM ET
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Cam Cameron says the Baltimore Ravens' decision to fire him as offensive coordinator was just what the team needed.

"It was a brilliant move," Cameron told The New York Times. "Everyone on the team took a look in the mirror after that."

When Cameron was fired on Dec. 10, the Ravens were 9-4 and still rather productive by averaging 344.4 yards on offense. However, the Ravens have thrived under new offensive boss Jim Caldwell, averaging 406.2 yards over the final three regular-season games and 424.7 yards during their run to the Super Bowl.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh called the decision to fire Cameron "the hardest thing I've ever had to do as a coach."

However, Cameron said the move to let him go put the entire team on alert.

"We were inconsistent, and if I'm in charge, I'm saying, 'Why are we inconsistent?' We need to get the team's attention," Cameron told the Times.

Cameron also harbors no ill will toward the Ravens, saying he's been rooting for them in the playoffs.

After his stint with the Ravens, Cameron interviewed for the New York Jets' offensive coordinator position but didn't get the job.

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