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Rawlings-Blake weighs in on Ravens’ firing of Cameron

Social networks were atwitter with activity Monday morning as news broke that the Ravens had fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, with very few lamenting the oft-maligned offensive coordinator’s dismissal from a 9-4 team in the midst of a playoff push.

Shortly after noon, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake jumped in, too. Speaking at an awards ceremony for Baltimore businesses, Rawlings-Blake said she was in mourning following the football team’s first losing streak since October 2009.

But Cameron’s dismissal had the mayor feeling like a new day was coming for “frustrated” quarterback Joe Flacco, chronically under-utilized running back Ray Rice and the 18th-ranked Ravens offense.

“Maybe with the new offensive coach, there might be some opportunities on the horizon for us,” Rawlings-Blake told a crowd of city business leaders enjoying lunch in a Hyatt Regency ballroom.

Half the crowd laughed and the other half groaned, an appropriately-mixed reaction given Cameron’s replacement.

Quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell, who presided over a Super Bowl run by the Indianapolis Colts in 2009 but was fired following a 2-14 season in 2011, will take over play calling duties, despite having never called plays in the NFL or college.

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