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Baltimore Ravens Fire OC Marc Trestman, Name Marty Mornhinweg as Replacement

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Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco has played for a number of different offensive coordinators in his career. He will play under another one as Marc Trestman was relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator on Monday.

Trestman was the replacement for Gary Kubiak, who left to coach the Denver Broncos, and in his 21 games as the OC, he was quick to give up on the running game, and it shows with how 2014 Pro Bowler Justin Forsett performed during that time.

This isn’t the first time the Baltimore Ravens have replaced an OC during the middle of the season.

In 2012, Ravens HC John Harbaugh was in the same predicament as they fired Cam Cameron, who ironically just got fired at LSU, and replaced him with Jim Caldwell. They ended up winning the Super Bowl in 2012 to finish LB Ray Lewis’s HOF career.

Ironically enough, the 2012 Ravens also suffered a defeat the Redskins. They led to the firing of Cam Cameron, to begin with. Flacco also posted a career low QBR and passer rating against the Houston Texans the week before the Redskins loss.

Marc Trestman just wasn’t the right hire for the Ravens because Trestman’s offense is a thing of the past… When he had his success with the Oakland Raiders between 2001-03, you could argue having that talent on the team helped a ton. Trestman failed to develop Jake Plummer when he was the OC/QB coach in Arizona between 1997-99.

Marty Mornhinweg is a descendant of the Mike Holmgren tree. He coached on Holmgren’s staff in the mid-1990’s as a WRs coach, served on Steve Mariucci’s San Francisco staff as an OC between 1997-2000, served as the HC for the Detroit Lions for two seasons. Mornhinweg worked his way to becoming the Assistant HC to Andy Reid in Philadelphia until Reid departed for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Mornhinweg became the QBs coach before the 2015 season and has earned a reputation as top QB coach. He’s coached HOFer’s Steve Young and Brett Favre, and include Donovan McNabb, and Jeff Garcia, as well as Joe Flacco.

Maybe Mornhinweg can get Flacco comfortable within the offense and replicate the success he’s had with the QBs he’s previously worked with. Having Breshad Perriman and Kenneth Dixon, Perriman practically a rookie after missing last season could open up the playbook a tad bit.

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