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Cameron as offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens
February 6, 1961 |
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Washington Redskins (QB)
San Diego Chargers (OC)
Baltimore Ravens (OC)
LSU Tigers (OC/QB)
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Malcolm "Cam" Cameron (born February 6, 1961) is an American football coach. He is the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the LSU Tigers football program. He was previously the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL, head coach of the Miami Dolphins of the NFL, offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers, and head coach at Indiana University. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced Cameron as the new offensive coordinator on January 23, 2008. With his teams securing a better than .600 winning percentage with him as offensive coordinator (100-57 regular season record in 10 seasons with San Diego and Baltimore), he is one of the winningest coordinators in NFL history. His record as a head coach, on the other hand, is 1-15.
In his nearly 10 full seasons as an NFL offensive coordinator (San Diego Chargers from 2002–06; Baltimore Ravens from 2008-2012), Cam Cameron was a part of 100 victories, averaging 10 wins per season. He helped San Diego compile a 47-33 regular season record as the offensive coordinator for the Chargers, while the Ravens notched a 53-24 regular season mark during Cameron’s tenure in Baltimore.
The average experience of Cam Cameron’s starting quarterbacks during his 10 seasons as an offensive coordinator was 3.2 years. If you don’t count the two seasons that Philip Rivers was a backup to Drew Brees (Rivers’s first career start was the first game of his third NFL season), the average starting experience for Cam Cameron’s starting quarterbacks during those 10 seasons was 2.9 years.
Under Cameron’s direction in San Diego, Philip Rivers earned a Pro Bowl selection in his first season as a starter and Drew Brees earned a Pro Bowl berth in only his third year as a starting quarterback. In that third season, Brees recorded the third highest QB rating of his career and recorded a career-low seven interceptions. The tremendous success of future Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson, as well as Ravens running back Ray Rice is well-documented. However, as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, Cameron helped Ronnie Brown lead the entire NFL in total yards from scrimmage over the first seven games of the season before a season-ending knee injury. In his 11 seasons as an NFL head coach or offensive coordinator, Cameron’s offenses led the NFL in points once, finished among the top five on three occasions (1st, 3rd, and 5th), and finished in the top half of the NFL nine times. The two occasions his offenses weren’t among the top half of the league in points were his first season in San Diego and his only season in Miami.
After only his fourth season, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco became the Ravens’ all-time leading passer in yards (13,816), TD passes (80), and completions (1,190) and was second in completion percentage (60.8). Flacco’s 44 regular season wins in his first four seasons were the most ever by a starting quarterback in his first four years in the NFL. Flacco is the only starting quarterback in NFL history (since the 1970 merger) to reach the playoffs in each of his first five seasons.
In 2011, the Ravens played eleven regular season games against teams that finished among the top 10 defenses in the NFL in points allowed. The Ravens averaged 23 points per game in those 11 games. In his 11 seasons as an NFL head coach and offensive coordinator, Cameron has been part of teams that were plus-49 in takeaway/giveaway ratio.
The 2006 Chargers offense directed by Cameron is one of only 28 teams in NFL history to average 30-or-more points per contest. It is the 21st highest-scoring offense in NFL history, and 14th-highest over the last 25 years.
In his last 126 games as an NFL offensive coordinator, the teams Cameron was a part of in San Diego and Baltimore lost a total of only eight games by more than seven points.
Early years and education
Cameron was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A multi-sport athlete, Cameron was an All-American quarterback at Terre Haute South Vigo High School in Terre Haute, Indiana. He won the 1979 Trester Award for mental attitude as a guard on the high school basketball team which went to the state finals three years in a row. He played football and basketball at Indiana University under coaches Lee Corso and Bob Knight, respectively, until a knee injury ended his playing career. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He graduated from Indiana in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in business.
Coaching career beginnings
Cameron spent the first ten years of his career at the University of Michigan, where he learned from long-time Wolverine coach Bo Schembechler. After two years as a graduate assistant, he became Michigan's youngest assistant and was responsible for tutoring quarterbacks and receivers (WRs 1986-1989, WRs/QBs 1990-1993). He coached many future NFL players, including Jim Harbaugh, Elvis Grbac, Todd Collins, Amani Toomer, Derrick Alexander and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard. Cameron served as an assistant at Michigan alongside future head coaches Lloyd Carr, Gary Moeller, Les Miles, and Mike DeBord. His fellow graduate assistant was Mike Trgovac, who is currently the defensive line coach of the Green Bay Packers, after serving six years as the defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers.
Professional coaching beginnings
Cameron was the quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins between 1994 and 1996. He is credited with guiding quarterback Gus Frerotte to his only Pro Bowl appearance in 1997, and also played a key role in the development of Pro Bowl quarterback Trent Green.
Return to Indiana
Cameron returned to his alma mater to serve as the head coach for the Indiana University Hoosiers in 1997. In five seasons he achieved a record of 18-37. Cameron brought an explosive offense to school with highly effective offensive players such as Antwaan Randle El. Indiana averaged 23.6 points per game under Cameron's guidance. In fact, Randle El became the first player in NCAA Division I history to pass for 40 career touchdowns and score 40 career rushing touchdowns. He finished his college career as fifth on the all-time NCAA total yardage list, and became the first player in college football history to record 2,500 total yards for each of four consecutive years.
Although Cameron's Indiana teams won less than one-third of their games, Indiana was recognized by the American Football Coaches Association for its exemplary football graduation rates in each of Cameron's final four seasons. Despite Randle El's record setting achievements as a QB, Cameron inexplicably decided to move Randle El to wide receiver in 2001, a decision that likely cost Indiana a winning record and a bowl game. He was fired after the 2001 season.
Back to the NFL
San Diego Chargers
From 2002-2006, he served as the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers. In 2004, San Diego scored 446 points, third-highest in the NFL that year and the third-most in team history. Following the 2004 campaign, Sports Illustrated named Cameron its Offensive Assistant of the Year. In 2005, the Chargers averaged 26.1 points per game - good for fifth in the NFL in that category. In 2006, the Chargers offense amassed a team-record 494 points while paving the way for league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson to break the single-season touchdown record. In addition to Tomlinson, Cameron had the opportunity to work with Pro Bowl quarterbacks Drew Brees and Philip Rivers, as well as All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates in San Diego. He brought in former Hooiser Kris Dielman as left-guard.
Cameron was interviewed for a number of head coaching jobs, including the Houston Texans and St. Louis Rams vacancies following the 2005 season but was not hired. Cameron also interviewed for the head coaching jobs with the Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons in January 2007 but Miami was the only club that made an offer.
By the time Cameron arrived, the Dolphins were at the bottom of a downward spiral dating to Dan Marino's retirement. His 2007 Dolphins lost 13 consecutive games to start the season, before beating the Baltimore Ravens in overtime on December 16 for their first and only win. The Dolphins ended the 2007 season in last place in the AFC East with a 1-15 record, the worst record in the NFL that year and the worst in the team's 40-year history. On January 3, 2008, newly hired general manager Jeff Ireland announced Cameron had been fired along with most of his staff.
On January 23, 2008 Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced Cam Cameron as the Ravens’ new offensive coordinator. Following a loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 14 of the 2012 NFL Season, Cameron was released by the Ravens and replaced by Jim Caldwell.
After Cameron's firing, the Ravens went on to win Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers. Despite being fired as offensive coordinator after week 14, head coach of the Ravens John Harbaugh stated that Cameron deserved and would receive a Super Bowl ring, having helped the team for a majority of the season to get to the playoffs.
Return to college
On Friday February 8, 2013 it was reported on CBSSports.com that Cameron had accepted the Offensive Coordinator job at LSU. Later in the day this report was confirmed. Entering the 2013, Cameron had immediate success. Cameron's LSU offense averaged 46 points in the first six games of the regular season. Cam Cameron's LSU offense finished the season 34th in the country in Passing Yards at 265.1 per game, 32nd in rushing yards at 200.8, 22nd points for at 37.0, and 32nd in total offense (LSU's best since 2007) at 5591 yards of total offense and a total average of 465.9 yards per game. LSU was 77th in total offense in 2012, 57th in 2011, 81st in 2010, and 102nd in 2009, and 51st in 2008. Cameron has also been widely praised for the development of RS Senior Quarterback Zach Mettenberger who had the best season of his LSU career with a 64.9% completion percentage, and a 22 to 8 Touchdown to Interception Ratio. The previous year Mettenberger had a 58.8% completion percentage and a 12 to 7 Touchdown to Interception Ratio under Greg Studrawa.
Head coaching record
|Indiana Hoosiers (Big Ten Conference) (1997–2001)|
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|San Diego Chargers Offensive Coordinator
|Baltimore Ravens Offensive Coordinator