The Trestman experiment may be over in Chicago, but it is alive and well in the NFL. Today the Ravens said goodbye to Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak as he was officially introduced as the Denver Broncos’s new leader. But Marc Trestman, the former head coach of the Bears who was fired after his second season, was named as Kubiak’s replacement in Baltimore. This to me is an interesting hire. I for one, believe the Raven’s Joe Flacco is a better and more confident quarterback than the Bear’s Jay Cutler. Flacco’s accomplishments at the highest level is a testament to this fact. Both Flacco and Cutler have great arm strength, but Flacco has a better line, giving him more time to find his weapons in Torrey Smith and Steve Smith. Bring back Jacoby Jones, and this offense can be scary efficient.
My question is; Will Marc Trestman find his groove and call an offensive game tailored to Flacco and the speedy receivers on the outside or will Trestman flop, like he did in his second NFL season as a head coach? Chicago ranked 15th in passing yards per game and an awful 27th in rushing yards per game. This cannot fly in Baltimore, where John Harbaugh loves to establish a run game and then display Flacco’s arm strength using play-action passes.
Under Gary Kubiak, and using Justin Forsett, a third string running back behind Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce going into the 2014 offseason, Baltimore ranked 8th in rushing yards per game with 126.2 yards per game, a whopping 36.1 differential from Chicago. The Ravens were then able to find success with the passing game, ranking a little better than the Bears at 13th in the league. Can Trestman come in and continue this success Baltimore had on the ground? Only time can truly tell. I think that if Trestman is given creative freedom in creating offensive schemes, he can find a way to optimize the offensive talent the Ravens currently have on roster. But if a strong running game is not established, I expect Trestman’s time in black and purple to be short lived due to the lack of success on the offensive side of the ball.