Preparing for Chiefs, Cam getting some help from his friends

As Cam Cameron goes about preparing for the Kansas City Chiefs and their 14th-ranked defense, the Ravens' offensive coordinator is willing to get some advice from his friends in the business.

That includes Hue Jackson, whose Raiders put up 31 points and 344 yards of total offense on the Chiefs last weekend.

Jackson served under Cameron as the Ravens' quarterbacks coach in 2008 and 2009, and he spent this season as the Raiders' offensive coordinator. As such, he has plenty of knowledge about the Chiefs, seeing as how the two teams are AFC West rivals and square off twice a year.

Cameron and Jackson have a good relationship, and at his meeting with reporters today, Cameron was asked if he's picked his fellow coach's mind at all this week.

"This time of year, you talk to anybody that you know," Cameron said, as he tried to tip-toe around the question.

Pressed on the issue, Cameron smiled and admitted that he has talked with Jackson.

"Yes. I've talked to him several times throughout the course of the year," Cameron said.

Jackson probably had a few interesting tips for Cameron when the two men chatted. The Raiders had a lot of success moving the ball on the ground against Kansas City last week, putting up 209 rushing yards. They also were very effective on third downs (converting 46 percent) and scored touchdowns on both their trips inside the red zone.

Jackson has been a hot name in the NFL world the last couple days, as he has interviewed for both the Raiders and 49ers head coaching positions.

A well-liked guy by his players and fellow coaches, Jackson has the backing of a lot of people in the business, including Cameron.

"Tremendous football coach, great friend," Cameron said of Jackson. "I've thought a lot of Hue for several years before I worked with him, and I worked with him for the last two years here. Really helped us do a lot of things that we were able to do. He had a tremendous amount of input here, and however it works out for him, I think we'd all be thrilled for him."

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