Cameron's play-calling helped San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson become the Associated Press Most Valuable Player in 2006, when he scored an NFL-record 31 touchdowns. In 2003, with Cameron heading the offense, Tomlinson became the first player in league history to rush for more than 1,000 yards and catch 100 passes in the same season. While with San Diego, Cameron was also instrumental in the development of Pro Bowl quarterbacks Drew Brees and Philip Rivers, as well as All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates.
Prior to joining the Chargers, Cameron had a five-year reign (1997-2001) as the head coach at Indiana University, his alma mater. Cameron was responsible for the creative utilization of Antwaan Randle El, one of the most versatile athletes in college football history. Randle El was a first-team All-America quarterback in 2001, when the Hoosiers averaged 435.3 yards per game on offense. That figure ranked third in the Big Ten and 19th in the NCAA. The year prior, Indiana averaged 266.4 rushing yards per game, which led the Big Ten and was seventh in the nation. Randle El finished his career as the NCAA Division I-A rushing leader among quarterbacks and was the only player in major college football history to rush and pass for 40 or more touchdowns.
Cameron's first NFL coaching stop came as the Washington Redskins' quarterback coach from 1994-96. While serving on Norv Turner's staff, Cameron oversaw the development of 1994 seventh-round pick Gus Frerotte, who became a Pro Bowler in 1996, and Trent Green, who served as the team's third quarterback in 1995 and 1996 before eventually becoming a two-time Pro Bowl quarterback for Kansas City.
Before moving to the NFL, Cameron was an assistant at the University of Michigan from 1984-93, serving the first six of those years under the late Bo Schembechler. He was the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach in 1991 when Wolverines wide receiver Desmond Howard won the Heisman Trophy. During his 10 seasons as an assistant at Michigan, the program won six Big Ten titles and played in 10 bowl games. In addition to Howard, Cameron was the position coach for future NFL players Elvis Grbac, Todd Collins, Derrick Alexander and Amani Toomer, among others.
Cameron was an All-American quarterback for South Vigo High School in Terre Haute, Ind., where he lived with his stepfather, Tom Harp, who coached at Indiana State. He went on to become a two-sport letterman in football and basketball at Indiana, where he graduated with a degree in business in 1983. Cameron earned two letters as a quarterback for Lee Corso (1982) and Sam Wyche (1983) and two (1981-82, 1982-83) playing basketball for Bobby Knight before a knee injury in his senior year ended his playing career.
Born Malcom Cameron in Chapel Hill, N.C., he and his wife Missy have three sons, Tommy, Danny and Christopher, and one daughter, Elizabeth.