Appearing on the "Norris & Davis Show" on 105.7 The Fan on Wednesday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh defended offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and hyped up his young quarterback, saying, "We’re going to win championships with Joe Flacco."
"I believe in him," Harbaugh told Ed Norris and Steve Davis. "He’s my quarterback. He’s our quarterback. He’s going to be our quarterback."
Flacco was criticized after he threw for just 125 passing yards in the Ravens' 31-24 playoff loss to the Steelers. The Ravens fired quarterbacks coach, Jim Zorn, a move Flacco criticized publicly last month. Harbaugh said Wednesday that he was OK with Flacco being vocal.
"I don’t really mind guys saying what they think," Harbaugh said. "The main thing is you try to be a good teammate and you try to be respectful of the other people. I believe that Joe understands that I did what I thought was best for the team … and for his development."
The Ravens coach said he respected the fact that Flacco held Zorn in "such high regard" and that he was willing to stand up for his coach. Interestingly, he said that Zorn, who is now the quarterbacks coach for the Chiefs, "did a heck of a job this year."
"I feel the same way about Jim Zorn [as Flacco does]," Harbaugh said. "I think Jim Zorn is heck of a coach, a heck of a person. I think Jim did a heck of a job this year. Just going forward in my mind, it wasn’t the best mix in terms of building the offense. And it really had to do more with styles and offensive systems and things like that, just to streamline the teaching our players."
Harbaugh, who signed a contract extension on Monday, insisted Zorn's firing wasn't a reflection on Flacco.
"I think Joe Flacco had a great year last year," Harbaugh said. "It’s not going to be as great of a year as he’s going to have in future years, obviously, because he’s only going to get better. This is a guy who’s in his third year and statistically, he’s one of the best third-year quarterbacks in the history of football."
Norris and Davis also asked Harbaugh about offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who was retained for the 2011 season much to the chagrin of many frustrated Ravens fans.
"I’ve got a lot on confidence in Cam Cameron. I believe in Cam Cameron. I think he’s a great football coach. That’s what I felt three years ago when I hired him here," Harbaugh said. "I know that he’s disappointed in the way we played at times and no one is more determined than he is to make our offense better. I think he’s the right man for the job. I believe that in my heart."
Harbaugh said the tide-turning third quarter in the playoff loss to the Steelers continues to haunt him, and he once again said that it should have been the Ravens playing in the Super Bowl, not the Steelers.
"I’m really disappointed with that third quarter. I’m ticked off about it. I still am," Harbaugh said. "I’ve said it before and I took a lot of heat for saying I think the Steelers were in our Super Bowl. … I’m going to continue to believe that. We should have won that game. We gave that game away."