Cameron: Sting Going Away

On the day he was officially hired as the Baltimore Ravens' new offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron spoke publicly for the first time since being fired by the Dolphins in the first week of January. In describing his firing, Cameron talked about "getting stung."

Here are the comments Cameron made in his conference call that related to the Dolphins:

On what he saw in QB Troy Smith when the Ravens played against the Dolphins: "Obviously, I've followed him since he was in high school, and obviously through college, and there wasn't anything that I think I saw in that game that I hadn't seen before. That'll be fun to go back and look at the time he did get to play, as well as the other guys. I think these next few weeks and months, it's going to be a good time to go back and look at all of the personnel and make those assessments and then try to build from there."

On where he is right now, and how many teams contacted him for their offensive coordinator job: "Actually, I'm just going to get my family and take my family out. The exciting thing for me is the Baltimore Ravens reached out to me early through the process, and I think that's the important thing. I've had a tremendous amount of respect for the organization for again, having competed against it and knowing that they've won at the highest level. So really, that's the important thing. But, it was nice that they reached out to me early, and again, between John [Harbaugh] and Ozzie [Newsome] and the organization, I'm glad they came together."

On how last season's experience with Miami impacted his decision to take this job with the Ravens instead of taking time off: "Well, it's interesting. I grew up in this profession and I've never taken any time off in the profession. So, that's probably the first thing. I think the thing that most people can relate to [is that] in life we all get stung on occasion. If you're in the National Football League as a coach or a player long enough, you're going to get stung. But the sting is going away and the important thing is now I'm part of the Baltimore Ravens, and I'm really just sincerely – my family as well – we're sincerely looking forward to being there."

On how therapeutic it is to go from his situation with the Dolphins to have a job with the Ravens in a short period: "Well, I've never thought it was about me. I'm excited to be a part of a team and an organization. That's the way I see things. It's nice that it did come together quickly so my family can have some direction. But again, as I said earlier, everyone gets stung occasionally in life and it's good to learn from it and get back up. You move forward, you make the best of it. I think that's the important thing, and I'm excited about moving forward, as well as I know the Ravens are."

On his initial reaction and how he dealt with losing his job in Miami: "Having grown up in the profession, this is what I love to do. It's what I feel like I'm called to do, and it's such a blessing to be able to coach in the National Football League. I've always respected the game, respected the league, respected the players and coaches in the league. People talk about time off and all those things; you've got to be kidding me. This is what I've dreamed about doing since I was a kid. I'm blessed to be able to do it, and I'm glad that I get to continue to do it."

On how he has changed in the last year: "I strongly believe that you just continue to grow. You continue to get better. How you do that is you just continue to work hard and learn. And you learn from mistakes you make. Anytime you're trying to do something great, you'll make mistakes, you'll learn from them, you'll grow from them, and that's the way I still approach it. I approach it that way today. That's how I'll approach it in my time there, continually try to get better as a coach everyday, get our staff to continually get better, our players to get better. You have to continue to improve in the National Football League. It's just too competitive if you don't. "

On anything he'd like to say to the fans in Miami: "My family and I are excited to move on to Baltimore. We're very appreciative of the way that people [in Miami] treated [us] – especially my family. I would say, ‘Thank you very much' for the respect that we were treated with there our entire time. I just want to say thank you."

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