The play calling of Gary Kubiak and Marc Trestman will be one of the games within the Ravens-Broncos season-opener.
Kubiak was the Ravens’ play-caller last year, and as the Broncos’ head coach, he will be calling their plays Sunday. Trestman is the Ravens’ new offensive coordinator, and he will put his twist on the offense Sunday, calling the Ravens’ plays for the first time in a regular season game.
Both Kubiak and Trestman held back during the preseason, not wanting to reveal much of what they have in store. But there will be no holding back Sunday. To win this game, the Ravens know their offense needs to play well.
“First games are always - there’s a lot of unknown,” Trestman said. “What are they going to do? What are they thinking? What are we thinking? That can wear you out. I think the most important thing is that our guys know what do in each and every paly, and we can get out and execute it at a very high level.”
It will be interesting to watch the run-pass ratio for both teams. Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes in the running game, and Justin Forsett (1,266 yards) had a career season in 2014. Will the Ravens be able to run the ball as effectively this season, and if they fall behind Sunday, will the Ravens be forced into throwing more than they planned?
As for the Broncos, quarterback Peyton Manning has the leeway to check out of plays at the line of scrimmage. Manning said he and Kubiak have been working well together, but Sunday’s game will be their first time together when it counts.
“We had a good offseason, good training camp, and hopefully, we can take some of that good work into the regular season,” Manning said on a conference call. “Everybody is just learning about him (Kubiak) every day, and we’re all trying to get on the same page.”
Kubiak said that the year he spent as the Ravens’ offensive coordinator made him a better coach. He will shake hands with Harbaugh, Trestman, and the other Ravens’ coaches during warmups. And then, Kubiak will try to win. And Trestman will be doing the same.