Cameron Leading Candidate for Bucs OC Postion

February 7 – Buccaneer Magazine has learned that former University of Indiana head coach Cam Cameron is the leading candidate for Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator position.

One of the issues holding up a deal between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis was the fact that both sides had trouble agreeing on the right person to fill Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator position.

Buccaneers general manager Rich McKay and Lewis appear to have agreed on former Indiana head coach Cam Cameron, and he could become the team's offensive signal caller sometime this weekend.

Cameron, 40, was fired by Indiana on Dec. 5, 2001 after coaching the Hoosiers for five seasons. He had an 18-37 overall record and was 12-28 in the Big Ten.

Cameron arrived at Indiana in 1997. The job with the Hoosiers was his first as a head coach.

Cameron has some National Football League coaching experience. He spent three years as quarterbacks coach with the Washington Redskins. Cameron landed the Redskins job after he spent the previous 10 years as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan.

While his record would not suggest it, Cameron's teams accomplished some good things during his five-year tenure as Indiana's head coach.

Cameron installed a run balanced multiple set type of offense, and he built his entire team, especially his offense, on speed.

"Cam's a high-energy guy," said Kansas City starting QB Trent Green. "He's always been that way, ever since I've known him. He puts everything into it, and that transfers quickly to the players."

The Hoosiers averaged 30.6 points per game in 2000 and recorded 439.5 yards per contest, including a league-leading 266.4 yards per game rushing. Indiana recorded an impressive 34 rushing touchdowns in 2000 and averaged 5.8 yards per carry, the second-best average in the country behind the University of Nebraska.

The Hoosiers averaged 27.7 points per game in 2001, including an average of 39 points per game in their five victories and an average of 18 points per game in their six losses.

Under Cameron, the Hoosiers offense featured a strong running attack. Tailback Levron Williams was the leading rusher compiling 1,401 yards on the ground and scoring 17 rushing touchdowns last season, while averaging 6.6 yards per carry. Quarterback Antwaan Randle El rushed for 964 yards (5.1 average) and eight touchdowns while passing for 1,664 yards with nine touchdowns and five interceptions.

With the recent addition of former Jets offensive line coach Bill Muir to Tampa Bay's coaching staff and possibly Cam Cameron, it looks like the Bucs offense, which ranked 30th in rushing in 2001 and never ranked higher than 21st overall under Tony Dungy, will return to the running game. That appears to be a priority

Randle El is converting to the wide receiver position in preparation for the NFL, and had an outstanding Senior Bowl in that role. Both Williams and Randle El will be available in the 2002 NFL Draft.

Other News ESPN.com reported late Tuesday night that current Dallas running backs coach Clarence Shelman could be hired by the Bucs in the same capacity if Cam Cameron is indeed hired by Tampa Bay.

ESPN also reported Richard Mann could be hired to coach Tampa Bay's wide receivers and Ken Zampese could secure employment as the Buccaneers quarterbacks coach.


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