The Ravens crossed offseason objective No. 1 off their list yesterday when Joe Flacco signed a three-year contract extension.
And, for a change, he'll actually be working with the same offensive coordinator again.
Flacco has worked with four offensive coordinators since 2012 -- Cam Cameron, Jim Caldwell, Gary Kubiak and Marc Trestman -- and in 2014 and again last year, Flacco arrived at OTAs needing to learn the nuances of the new guy in the OC chair.
Now Trestman is back for Year Two, and it stands to reason that he and Flacco should more quickly find a rhythm that works for both. The relationship between these two will be one of the keys for the Ravens going forward.
Flacco didn't look all that comfortable early in his first season with Trestman, and the Ravens stumbled to a 1-6 start, though their problems ranged far deeper than any growing pains between Trestman and Flacco.
All the Ravens' offensive numbers from last year should come with an asterisk based on injuries. Even with a revolving door at quarterback after Flacco's injury, and with a revolving door at receiver, the Ravens averaged 266.9 passing yards a game, a franchise record. But they also set a franchise-record low with just 383 rushes. Was that a function of Trestman's offense? His penchant for abandoning the run? The injury to Justin Forsett? Or simply the fact that the Ravens were losing in so many games that they needed to go to the air late?
Flacco finished 2015 with 2,791 passing yards -- putting him on pace for what would have been the first 4,000-yard season of his career. And that was despite losing Steve Smith and missing rookie Breshad Perriman all season.
But to be clear, the Ravens don't want to be a team that chucks the ball around 60 times. They want a run-pass balance, and coach John Harbaugh acknowledged as much after the season: "I feel like we need to run the ball more, but we need to run the ball better. ... Running the football is... it’s our identity," Harbaugh said at the 'State of the Ravens' news conference in January.
Don't think Harbaugh won't remind Trestman of that, either. So it will be up to Trestman to find that balance.
Still, for all the Ravens issues, they ranked 14th in total offense last season. They will hope to improve on that with a healthy, improved receiving corps, with a healthy Flacco, and with Flacco and Trestman working together for a second year.