John Harbaugh: 'I know it's going to work'

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh expressed confidence that Joe Flacco and Cam Cameron will work well together, emphasizing that there's a lot of respect between the quarterback and his offensive coordinator. There have been reports of friction in the past between Flacco and Cameron and a few obvious sideline disagreement.

"From the time he went to that workout and started evaluating Joe, Cam Cameron has been pushing Joe to be our quarterback," Harbaugh said during the NFL owners meetings. "I know how Cam feels about Joe and I know what Cam can do for Joe as a coach. "I know what kind of person Joe is, and I know how much Joe respects Cam as a coach and as a person. So I know it's going to work."

Harbaugh said that the Ravens will want to do a contract extension in the future for Flacco, the Ravens' all-time leading passer. Nothing is expected to happen until after next season. "I know he's on the list," Harbaugh said. "We have talked to Joe and some other guys in that draft class. You know who those guys are. We don't know what our plans are going to be, but he's in the conversation.

"We've got a lot of guys in the conversation right now. We got some guys we need to get done. We got two of them done [kicker Billy Cundiff and punter Sam Koch]. There are some other guys as a coach that I'm very interested in and I hope they want to come back." One of the players from Flacco's draft class that Harbaugh was definitely referring to is running back Ray Rice. Unlike several other NFL franchises, the Ravens are settled at quarterback.

"It really changes the whole draft when you have to get a quarterback because that's the main priority," Harbaugh said. "Everything else is second. I think it cleans up the draft a little bit. You have a chance to look at the draft really honestly and say 'Ok, we want to draft the best player to make our football team better.' When you don't have a quarterback, you can't honestly go into the draft that way. You have to be thinking about getting a quarterback.

"Comfort level is probably a good word. Joe is going to be our guy. Rather than trying to find a quarterback, our efforts and thoughts are what can we do to put up the best offense around Joe and help Joe be the best quarterback he can be in that offense. As a coach, that's what you want to be thinking about rather than who the guy's going to be."



NOTES: University of Tennessee-Chattanooga cornerback Buster Skrine conducted a private workout Thursday for the Ravens, according to the school's athletic department. Skrine has upcoming meetings and workouts with the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Skrine ran the fastest 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine with an unofficial 4.29 time with other stopwatches recording him between 4.34 and 4.37 seconds. Slightly underized at 5-foot-9, 186 pounds, Skrine is projected as a middle-round draft selection who's on the rise.

"He loves football, he's an unbelievable worker," Tennessee-Chattanooga coach Russ Huesman told the Times. "He has a great work ethic, he takes coaching. He's one of the best that I've ever been around in 30 years of coaching. He's a great kid. It didn't take long for us to see that burst. He picked a ball off and it was like he was shot out of the cannon.

"He has special gifts. It's not just the speed. He has great hips and feet. He tested off the charts. He represented himself well at the combine. We've been told he handled himself in individual meetings. The teams were very impressed." ...

Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams conducted a private workout Monday for the Baltimore Ravens and has upcoming visits with the Washington Redskins and the Kansas City Chiefs. He's regarded as a potential second-round target for lots of NFL teams. Williams declared for the draft after an NFL advisory committee told him he should go between the first and third rounds. Williams rushed for 1,655 yards and 21 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman and was named Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year. However, last season he dealt with a torn hamstring and missed nearly five games. He finished fourth on the team with 477 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.

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