OWINGS MILLS – If the Ravens are in another close game Sunday, it will be interesting to see how smoothly their offense operates down the stretch.
Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman admitted he made a mistake when he decided to change personnel during the waning moments of Monday night’s loss in Arizona. The Ravens had second-and-goal from the four with 18 seconds left. Instead of sticking with the personnel on the field, the Ravens made several substitutions, even though they were already having problems with the sideline headsets.
The play was rushed, the Ravens were flagged for an illegal shift, and the penalty moved them back to the nine-yard line. On the next play, Flacco threw an interception that ended the Ravens’ hopes.
“I decided to flip personnel,” Trestman said. “Had a good play that I thought would work in that situation. I was a couple of ticks late, I think, getting it in. We came out of the huddle, and it was just not what we would want it to be, quite frankly, and that starts with me. Flipping the personnel, I think, diminished the value of what was a really good drive up to that point.
“As I look back, I wish I would have just left the personnel in and got them in the huddle. I think that would have helped us dramatically.
Flacco referred to the Ravens being “out of control” at times on that final drive.
“When you’re out there and when you’re going 100 miles an hour and the bullets are flying, you’ve got to be able to react quickly,” Flacco said. “When you look at it, we just probably weren’t quite quick enough. We had a penalty. The clock was running down a couple other times, and it’s not like we have a timeout to spare. We have to snap the ball and get the play off. I think we were just rushed and things were hectic, and I don’t know the exact reason for that. But that’s how it was.”
At 1-6, the last thing the Ravens need is more hiccups offensively. Trestman and Flacco have clearly discussed what went wrong during that final drive. The upcoming bye week will give the two men more time to evaluate the offense heading into the second half of the season.
“I think Joe (Flacco) has really done a magnificent job working hard with me and (quarterbacks coach) Marty Mornhinweg), being new coaches in the room.” Trestman said. “I don’t think the process ever stops, it’s a growing process…I think as the weeks go on, we clean things up, we get to know each other better and the communication is very good. We’re just going got keep working in a positive fashion."