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San Diego's Cameron interviews with Texans

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    Source: <a href="http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/football/13580609.htm" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>

    By KRISTIE RIEKEN

    HOUSTON - San Diego offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said coach Marty Schottenheimer encouraged him to interview with the Houston Texans because of the respect he has for team owner Bob McNair.

    "Marty Schottenheimer said, 'Cam, when it comes to winning in the National Football League it comes down to three things: the owner, the owner and the owner. There's an owner that you need to go talk to,'" Cameron said Sunday. "And that's why I'm here."

    Cameron is the fourth offensive coordinator to interview for the job left vacant when Dom Capers was fired. McNair and consultant Dan Reeves also talked to Gary Kubiak of Denver, Miami's Scott Linehan and Al Saunders of Kansas City. The Texans also interviewed current receivers coach Kippy Brown and Buffalo defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.

    Capers was fired Monday, a day after the Texans finished with an NFL and franchise-worst 2-14 record, which gave them the No. 1 pick in April's draft.

    Cameron has ties to Houston general manager Charley Casserly, who was the general manager at Washington when he coached quarterbacks there from 1994-96.

    "We had a positive experience in Washington and I have a tremendous amount of respect for Charley," Cameron said. "The one thing that I know is critical to not only our success as an organization but to my success as a head coach is the person that oversees the personnel. There's not any coach in this league that can overcome certain personnel deficiencies."

    He has worked in his current position with the Chargers since 2002. In that time he's helped San Diego develop into one of the most balanced offensive units in the NFL. The Chargers averaged the fifth most points in the league (26.1) and gained 347.9 yards a game this season.

    In 2004, the Chargers were the only team in the NFL to have a quarterback who threw 20 touchdown passes (Drew Brees), a running back with at least 10 rushing touchdowns (LaDainian Tomlinson) and a receiver with at least 10 touchdown receptions (Antonio Gates). That year, San Diego scored 446 points, which was the third-most in Chargers history.

    Cameron has helped Tomlinson rush for more than 6,000 yards and 62 touchdowns in the past four seasons.

    "I can't imagine there being an offensive coordinator in the league that's luckier than I am," he said. "I truly believe that it's about the players we have."

    Before joining the Chargers, Cameron coached at Indiana University for five seasons. He also worked from 1984-1993 as an assistant coach at Michigan.

    He lettered in both basketball and football at Indiana, where he played for current Texas Tech coach Bob Knight. His playing career was cut short because of a knee injury in his senior year.

    Cameron said he is always looking to improve and is never satisfied with his accomplishments.

    "I'm trying to get better each and every day," he said. "I'm not near the coach I was 10 years ago. I'm 100 times better than I was then. And I'm going to continue to get better and better."
     

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