The writing had been on the wall for quite some time regarding the job security of Marc Trestman.
As sources have reported, things were getting ugly between several members of the offense and Trestman, especially when it came to his game planning.
Head coach John Harbaugh had little choice but to fire Trestman. In fact, there were rumblings among some media members that the veteran head coach could lose his locker room if the move wasn’t made.
The naming of Marty Mornhinweg as the new offensive coordinator came as no surprise. Fans also need to temper expectations. There is no quick fix to the problem. There will however be balance, something Trestman refused to incorporate.
“It is beneficial,” stated Harbaugh about the in-house hiring of Mornhinweg. “We’re in a good position to have a guy with that kind of experience here. It’s experience in this system, basically, the West Coast terminology. He fits right in.
“I know there will be some things that he will tweak, but the basic system is not going to change. The way we adjust some routes maybe, or the way we organize our protections or some of our play-action passes, that’s all of the stuff that Marty has to do the way he believes it should be done.
“But the basic system terminology [and] the way we operate remains the same.”
In a system predicated on timing, high completion percentage, and creating mismatches, the Ravens have the key cogs to have success when used correctly.
“We have to put together an offense that attacks a defense,” Harbaugh added. “You use your weapons in conjunction with who is playing across from them. Part of it is you go after the structure of a defense. The other part is you go after who is playing whom in the defense.
“If we have one of our guys against someone we feel they match up really well against, we have to be able to go to that guy. Have we done a great job of that? No. That is not what we have done a great job of so far. I think that is a thing we can do better.
“It is not so much figuring out how to use guys. It is using those guys and getting the ball to them in a way that really challenges the defense – whether it is the structure of the defense or the personnel that they are putting across from our guys.”
While we won’t get our first look at the newly-led offense until Sunday against the Giants, the move will hopefully provide a jolt for Joe Flacco and company.
“I don’t know how you measure that, exactly, but that is certainly part of it,” responded Harbaugh when asked about this creating a spark on offense. “We need to ramp things up. We need to do some things differently. We need to look at defenses differently.
“Whatever those things are, we need to be different than we have been. All those things are probably a part of it.”
With Trestman no longer at the helm of the offensive signal calling, there are no more excuses.
It’s now on the players – they got what they wanted. Now let’s see them correct the various issues that have plagued them over the first five games of the season and prove that Trestman was indeed the problem.
If they can’t, Trestman’s firing could be the first of many in 2016.
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