Will the Ravens run the football next season as often as they did in 2014?
That is a question to ask with Marc Trestman taking over as offensive coordinator, replacing Gary Kubiak. The Ravens had 448 rushing attempts in 2014, the most for them since 2011. And they ran the football well, averaging 4.5 yards per carry and 126.2 yards rushing per game. In the AFC, only the Jets, Texans, and Bengals averaged more yards rushing per game than the Ravens.
Running the football effectively has always been a priority for Ravens coach John Harbaugh. He wants the Ravens to be physical. He wants the offense to be balanced.
That is not going to change with Trestman calling the plays. But it will be interesting to see how the Ravens’ offensive approach evolves. Joe Flacco is coming off a season in which he threw a career-high 27 touchdown passes. The Ravens’ first two draft picks were offensive weapons for Flacco – wide receiver Breshad Perriman and tight end Maxx Williams.
In the two seasons that Trestman was the Bears’ head coach, they didn’t run the ball nearly as often as the Ravens. The Bears ranked 30th in the NFL in rushing attempts 2014, and 24th in 2013.
Trestman was coaching a different team, with different personnel, under different circumstances. Many factors during a game dictate what kind of plays are called, and when.
However, will the Ravens run less or more in 2015? That will be interesting to watch, as the Ravens prepare for another season with another offensive coordinator.