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Ravens hire Cameron as offensive coordinator

The Baltimore Ravens added the first piece to new head coach John Harbaugh's coaching staff on Wednesday, hiring Cam Cameron as offensive coordinator.

"We're excited to get Cam, because he's a fine coach and a good person. He had other options," Harbaugh said in a statement. "Like me, he's a coach's son who lives and eats football. Because of that, we share many of the same philosophies about the game: We're going to be tough, we're going to be exciting, we're going to be disciplined, and we're going to play really hard. If we do those things on offense, and we take care of one another, good things will happen."

"Getting Cam makes this a very good day for the Ravens," Harbaugh added.

Cameron, 46, was fired as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins after a disappointing 1-15 record during his first season. Known as a top quarterback mentor, he joined Miami after five seasons (2002-06) as offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers. In 2006, the Chargers led the NFL in scoring with 492 points.

The Dolphins finished near the bottom of the league in yards and points last season, and Cameron was fired Jan. 3 by new Dolphins executives Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland.

"John is a good man and a good friend. It was only a matter of time before he got this opportunity," Cameron said. "I'm really thrilled to be part of his staff and join a quality franchise like the Ravens. The first thing we'll do is look at a lot of video of the Ravens' offense and assess each player. I'm excited to get going."

Harbaugh was named head coach of the Ravens on Saturday after 10 seasons as a special teams and secondary coach in Philadelphia, replacing the departed Brian Billick.

The Ravens went through several offensive coordinators under Billick, who was fired Dec. 31, but the team never established a consistently high-powered attack in Billick's nine-year tenure.

Cameron has connections to Harbaugh, who worked on his staff as a defensive backs/special teams coach at the University of Indiana during the 1997 season.

Baltimore planned to introduce Cameron during a conference call later Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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