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Well traveled Trestman embraces challenge as Ravens OC


Well traveled Trestman embraces challenge as Ravens OC

OWINGS MILLS – Will the latest stop in Marc Trestman’s coaching journey lead to offensive success for the Ravens?

Trestman’s arrival as the new offensive coordinator is one of the major storylines of the Ravens’ offseason. To call Trestman well traveled would be an understatement. At age 59, he is a coaching lifer. He has been either a head coach or assistant coach with nine other NFL organizations – the Bears, Vikings, Buccaneers, Browns, 49ers, Lions, Cardinals, Raiders, and Dolphins. He was also a successful head coach with the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL.

Finding someone more experienced than Trestman to replace Gary Kubiak would have been difficult. However, his recent two-year stint as the Bears head coach ended abruptly, when he was fired after a 5-11 season in 2014. Now Trestman has been hired to put his stamp on a Ravens’ offense that gelled in 2014 under Kubiak, now the Broncos’ head coach.


Inquiring minds want to know. Will the Ravens’ offense change subtly, or dramatically?

Trestman isn’t giving many clues. But he has been animated at Ravens OTA sessions - shouting instructions and jogging downfield as plays develop. With each day, Trestman is finding out a little bit more about veteran offensive players like quarterback Joe Flacco, running back Justin Forsett, and wide receiver Steve Smith, as well as rookies Breshad Perriman and Maxx Williams.

“That’s what we want to do, is what these guys can do best,” Trestman said. “And that’s part of the daily process of throwing so much at them, is to find out what’s best for this group of guys.”

Trestman said he had not decided if he would call plays from the sidelines, or from upstairs during games.

“I’ve done both,” Trestman said. “Recently I’ve been on the field. I’ve been on the field for most of my career doing it, but I’ve been up in the box as well. It’s whatever is best for our football team. Whatever John (Harbaugh) thinks is best, that’s what we’ll do.”

Either way, Trestman is obviously excited to be doing what he loves – coaching football. The Ravens are hoping that Trestman’s latest stop helps them get back in the playoffs.

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

And with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select.... a quarterback?

Assistant general manager, and soon to be general manager, Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility that the Ravens use their first-round pick on drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Joe Flacco. 

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of draft a quarterback in the first-round. 

Quarterback is just one of many offensive needs for the team. Joe Flacco's stats have been trending downward as the 33-year old is entering his 11th season.


Owner Steve Bisciotti though may disagree with DeCosta.

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, Bisciotti said, "That’s not really something that we’re worried about right now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, I guess. I don’t consider that a big worry," in regards to looking at life after Joe. Bisciotti also noted the team would be looking at all options in free agency and the draft for weapons for their QB.

From the sound of that, it appears the team's first choice would be a wideout, but the Ravens haven't drafted a quarterback since Joe Flacco back in 2008. 

The 2018 NFL Draft class has a handful of strong quarterbacks to choose from and not a ton of first-round wide receivers. 

Former Ravens scout, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has predicted the team with take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in the first-round. 

"It basically depends on our evaluation and how we feel about the guy, what we think he can become as a player and what we think his upside is and if he's there," DeCosta said

Backup Ryan Mallet is a free agent so the organization will have to find someone to fill the role, whether it's someone on a one year-deal, or the future QB of the franchise. 


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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.