For the Ravens, preparations are well underway at the Under Armour Performance Center for their Week 6 matchup against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.
All eyes are on the offensive side of the football, as new coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is set to take over the play calling after the firing of Marc Trestman earlier this week.
Fans shouldn’t expect much of a significant change this week. The same system will be in place, as six weeks into the season, it’s impossible at this point to install a completely new offense.
“It’s not like we’re changing the whole thing; we’re running the same offense,” stated John Harbaugh when asked about the differences in offenses from Trestman to Mornhinweg. “The terminology is the same. I’m sure Marty [Mornhinweg] has changed a couple of terms for his play-calling. Sometimes you have some things ingrained in as a coach.
“It’s interesting, [because] he was really concerned about that. He had two or three conversations with me about it – this term, that term. It’s only five or six things. I’m like, ‘Just do it. Just change it. These guys will get it. These guys are young.’ It’s like little kids. They learn languages quickly, and old people can’t do it quite as well. Marty can’t learn a new language, but the guys can. He changed a couple of things, and the guys picked it up like that, and we’re fine.”
Instead, what we will see is a newly lit fire under the offense to perform.
“It certainly gets our attention, that’s for sure,” remarked veteran tight end Dennis Pitta following practice on Wednesday. “It’s always tough to see somebody let go like that. Marc Trestman is a great guy, a great coach. It was difficult to see him go, but I think it was something that this offense needed.
“We were in kind of a bad place. It didn’t seem like we were getting out of it. Hopefully, this will spark us. Marty [Mornhinweg] is a great coach, and we have a lot of faith in him. He brings an energy and an excitement to our offense that we needed. Hopefully, we’ll be able to put it together and play much better going forward.”
Another change that should be visible on Sunday is the offense creating and taking advantage of mismatches against the Giants’ 17th-ranked defense.
“I hope so,” stated wide receiver Mike Wallace when asked if fans should expect more deep shots. “I remember coach Marty my first couple years in the league when he was in Philly. I used to see ‘D-Jack’ [DeSean Jackson] and ‘Mac’ [Jeremy Maclin] going up top all the time.
“Hopefully, we can get some of that done. At the same time, we can’t forget about our underneath package either. Hopefully, we get some more shots. We definitely have the explosive players to do it. We just need to be a complete offense, and that is what we are trying to get to.”
With the Ravens sitting in second place in the AFC North with a 3-2 record, the offense needs to put together a complete game for the first time this season. The Giants aren’t playing their best football, nor are the Ravens’ Week 7 opponents, the New York Jets. The time is definitely now.
If the Ravens stumble heading into their bye week, they will be hard pressed to dig themselves out, with a treacherous second half schedule.
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