On fields hidden by trees and protected by their castle of a practice facility, the Baltimore Ravens are doing their thing. The Ravens are breaking in a new offensive coordinator, their fourth in five seasons, in the process extending their reputation as a rehab stop for fallen stars.
So as Marc Trestman stood amid the Ravens' offense during a visit last week, his stoic demeanor occasionally interrupted by the urge to demonstrate a pass pattern or shout a correction, it was fair to wonder: What is he doing with a franchise that runs the ball as frequently as the Ravens? And how will this offense change, if at all, with a pass-first playcaller?
After spending two days around the team, it seems clear that coach John Harbaugh hired Trestman to run the Ravens' existing offense, with perhaps a few tweaks, rather than install his own. Trestman has followed suit, but of course there is nothing to document until the regular season begins. He will, after all, have Joe Flacco at quarterback and two new pass-catching weapons in rookies Breshad Perriman and Maxx Williams at his disposal.
The Ravens hired Cam Cameron in 2008, a year after his tenure ended with the Miami Dolphins. Jim Caldwell (2012) and Gary Kubiak (2014) followed. Next up is Trestman. A few weeks ago we had a story how the Ravens would continue to be a run-first team, and this article falls right in line with that. A run-first offense with some Trestman wrinkles - that should benefit RB Justin Forsett the most, and Forsett should get a bump in value in PPR leagues as a result of being on the receiving end of more passes. Matt Forte caught 102 balls last year with Trestman as the Bears head coach.