Big change in Baltimore: Ravens firing OC Marc Trestman, replacing him with Marty Mornhinweg, per league sources. https://t.co/MtEMikohzq
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 10, 2016
It was the only move that Harbaugh could make this morning. Trestman isn’t the only reason the offense is struggling but he certainly isn’t the answer. Mornhinweg is experienced, however if the players don’t buy into the system it won’t be an improvement. First step for Marty will be to commit to the run game and stop the horizontal passing game by using his deep threats.
The Redskins have now caused two Ravens offensive coordinators to lose their jobs in Cam Cameron and now Trestman.
The surest way to lose your job as Ravens OC is to lose to the Redskins, huh? This was a move that needed to be made after losing two straight home games to two of the worst defenses in the NFL. Trestman insisted on passing the ball 40-50 times per game despite a leaky offensive line that showed they were much better moving forwards than they were back-peddling, a strong running game, a quarterback coming off ACL surgery averaging the lowest yards per attempt of his career, and a bunch of receivers who wouldn’t know YAC if it punched them in the mouth. It took Trestman 21 games to turn Flacco into Joe Flaccutler (just like in Chicago, getting his QB crushed time and time again).
I miss Gary Kubiak; hopefully Marty Mornhinweg reminds us a bit of him.
Ozzie: “Marc, I’m sorry but your game planning and offensive philosophies have been lackluster and detrimental to our success. We have to let you go.”
Trestman: “What… what do I do now?”
Ozzie: “Run Marc. Run away and never return!”
Trestman: “No thanks, I’ll pass.”
What can be said that hasn’t already been said? Poor game planning, refused to run, did not play to the strengths of his players, and nothing was going to change as long as he remained.
Of course the focus now turns to Harbaugh. His egregious errors have been costly too. If he can’t make smarter decisions moving forward his seat might be getting toasty as well…
WAY too many Offensive Coordinators in Baltimore. How can the offense succeed when they are constantly changing coaches and systems? Yes, the offense has been poor, especially the play-calling, but at some point, you have to look elsewhere than the OC. I’m a huge John Harbaugh fan, but the buck stops with him.
If changing the OC isn’t working, then it’s time to change the players in the system or the guy who is ultimately in charge. I hope Marty Mornhinweg can do what no other OC seems to be able to do in Baltimore, but I’m not optimistic.
This move had to be made. The lack of health on the offensive line is a major reason why the offense has struggled, but the other glaring reason was Trestman. He abandoned the run in almost every game he’s coached here, and his dink-and-dunk system did not play to Flacco’s strengths. I think Trestman’s temperament and intelligence were assets in Baltimore and fit in well with Flacco and Harbaugh, but from an X’s and O’s perspective the performance on the field didn’t live up to the talent (at least on paper) that the Ravens have on offense.
This move won’t immediately solve most (if any) problems, but something had to be done, and I think this decision was fair given the tremendous struggles as of late.
We’ll add more Knee-Jerk reactions as they roll in…