OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that he would retain all of his coordinators, including offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who many thought would be replaced.
The decision to keep Mornhinweg will leave Harbaugh open to second guessing, after an 8-8 season in which the offense struggled for consistency. But Harbugh insisted at his season-ending press conference that he believed in Mornhinweg, who took over when Marc Trestman was fired after five games.
Harbugh also insisted the offense would become more balanced next year, after a season in which Drew Brees of the Saints was the only quarterback to attempt more passes than Joe Flacco.
“Marty believes in running the football and I believe in running the football,” Harbaugh said. “We have not the run the football well enough, or enough. And that has to change.”
But one of the changes will not be a new offensive coordinator. That may not be a popular decision with the Ravens’ fan base, which watched the team fail to make the playoffs in three of the last four seasons.
However, Harbaugh said it was his decision to keep Morningweg, after frequent discussions with general manager Ozzie Newsome and owner Steve Bisciotti.
“I’m making those decisions,” said Harbaugh, in regard to his coaching staff. “Ozzie and Steve Bisciotti have given me that responsibility. That’s my job. Those decisions are taken very seriously. In my heart, in my gut, and in my headset, this is the best way to go.”
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