The Baltimore Ravens have fired offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and promoted Marty Mornhinweg. Will the change make a difference?
It was a change that needed to be made. After an absolutely dreadful offensive display against the Washington Redskins, it’s no shocker that the Baltimore Ravens have parted ways with Marc Trestman.
The knock on Trestman is his refusal to run the football. Terrance West could not be stopped on his 11 carries Sunday, racking up 95 yards. But for some inexplicable reason, he did not touch the ball for the Ravens final three possessions. It’s not as if Baltimore was behind two or three scores and forced to throw. Down by six points, they could incorporated the ground game and eaten some clock.
That did not happen. There were several instances in which the offense needed one or two yards for a first down. West averaged 8.6 yards per carry, and yet for some unknown reason, Trestman was still throwing the football.
All offseason we heard how the Ravens would be more committed to their rushing attack. That has not been the case and it’s not as if they have been forced to throw. Through five games, the Ravens are third in the league in passing attempts. This is after leading the NFL in that category in 2015.
The new man in charge of the offense is now Marty Mornhinweg. He had been the quarterbacks coach since Trestman joined the team last season and has served as a head coach and offensive coordinator in the past. But if you expect things to be different under Mornhinweg, you do not know how he runs an offense.
As a good friend said in a text this morning, “Enter Marty Mornhinweg, another OC that likes to pass on 3rd-and-inches.” It is an accurate statement.
Mornhinweg was the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator from 2006 to 2012. His offense ranked in the top half in passing attempts in each season as the Eagles’ coordinator. Meanwhile, only one season did he finish in the top half in rushing attempts.
With that said, he orchestrated a top-10 offense in five of those years. And as the New York Jets OC during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, his offense ranked fifth and fourth on the ground.
The Ravens offense needs a spark and firing Trestman should be a wake up call to everyone. The play calling was terrible against Washington, but that does not excuse the receivers inability to get open and the offensive line allowing Joe Flacco to get hit on many of his drop backs.
West had a terrific first half, but an afterthought when they needed him most. In order for the Ravens to be successful, Mornhinwegs needs to be more balanced on offense. Otherwise, he will be out the door with Trestman at the end of the season.