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.