There is a large contingency of Ravens fans that believe that former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron deserves a permanent spot in the NFL unemployment line. Even though that may be a little harsh, Cameron has indeed been rejected in his first attempt to get back into coaching.
Earlier this month, Cameron had interviewed with the New York Jets for their offensive coordinator position. The job became available after owner Woody Johnson forced a housecleaning, letting go of five members of the organization, including offensive coordinator Tony Sparano and former Ravens offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh (1999-2004), who was the quarterbacks coach.
Now, according to Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday, the Jets will pursue other options as they will not hire Cameron to become their next offensive coordinator.
Since Cameron’s firing in Baltimore, new Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell has breathed life into a unit that was plagued with predictable play calls and that often left quarterback Joe Flacco sitting in the pocket like a lame duck. Caldwell took over on December 10th, and the Ravens offense has been clicking on all cylinders. Flacco seems more confident than ever as he prepares to play in Sunday’s AFC Championship game – the third in his five-year career.
After firing general manager Mike Tannenbaum, the Jets are expected to have a decision on their next GM by Friday. Even without a new GM, Johnson and Ryan didn’t feel that Cameron is the right man for the job, especially if Mark Sanchez is retained for another year.
While Sanchez has struggled and was benched for a game before returing to the starting lineup when backup-turned-starting quarterback Greg McElroy was injured, it’s clear that Sanchez’s days are numbered in New York, if time already hasn’t run out.
From what Ravens fans can gauge after seeing Cameron’s 4.5 seasons in Baltimore, he’s not the best coach for quarterback development and would almost certainly be the deathblow to any shot Sanchez had of being a legitimate quarterback.
So now, it’s back to the drawing board for Cameron. Though he’ll continue looking for his next gig, it seems unlikely that he’ll turn up as an NFL offensive coordinator in the near future.