Following two straight home losses, the Ravens announced on Monday morning that they were going to relieve Marc Trestman of his duties from being their offense coordinator.
On Sunday the Ravens lost to the Washington Redskins 16-10. A lot of the blame is being placed on the offense, who punted eight times and once again suffered a loss of downs on the final drive of the game. Trestman was criticized for abandoning the running attack after Terrance West carried the ball for 95 rushing yards on just 11 attempts. West carried the ball just four times in the entire second half, where the Ravens were held scoreless.
The offensive play-calling has been an issue for the Ravens all season. Last year, Trestman and the Ravens’ offense were given the benefit of the doubt due to several injuries being suffered and having a lack of play-makers. This season, the offense has continued to underperform. Quarterback Joe Flacco is currently averaging 5.94 yards-per-completion, a career low. The Ravens have not taken as many deep shots, something that Flacco thrives at. It seemed that Trestman struggled with utilizing his personnel in the correct fashion. In other words, Trestman was not allowing his players to do the things that they are best at doing.
After Trestman was let go, the Ravens released a statement from head coach John Harbaugh:
Meet the new offensive coordinator of the Ravens, Marty Mornhinweg
With the departure of Trestman, the Ravens named quarterback coach Marty Mornhinweg as the new offensive coordinator. Mornhinweg is in his second season coaching with the Ravens.
Mornhinweg has 22 years of NFL coaching experience under his belt. Before joining the Ravens, he spent two seasons in New York as the Jets’ offensive coordinator. He has also been an offensive coordinator with the Eagles (2006-2012), and the 49ers (1997-2000). Mornhinweg was the Detroit Lions head coach for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. Aside from that, he first gig in the NFL was with the Packers as an offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach (1995-1996). In the ’96 season, the Packers won Super Bowl 31, defeating the New England Patriots 35-21.
Mornhinweg takes over as Baltimre’s play-caller at a difficult time. Following the loss to the Redskins, the Ravens are 3-2 and are about to play two road games. The Ravens might be without some of their offensive starters for these games, including tackles Ronnie Stanley (foot), and Rick Wagner (thigh), and wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. (ankle).
These two road games will both take place at Met Life Stadium against the Giants (3-3), and the Jets (1-4). Both of these teams are struggling, so the Ravens have an opportunity here to figure things out on the offensive side of the ball with Mornhinweg at the helm.
Baltimore’s bye week takes place after these two games in New York. Mornhinweg should be feeling anxious to get this offense going in these next two games, or else more questions will be raised during the bye week.
All of the weight should not be placed on Mornhinweg. After all, the players on the field are responsible for producing. What this all comes down to is an improvement in the offensive scheme, better play calling, and execution of a game plan.
Hopefully Mornhinweg can right the ship and help this offense become high-octane, which is what we expected them to be before the season started.