After a lifeless 16-10 loss to Washington, the Baltimore Ravens fired offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. They’ll replace him with Marty Mornhinweg, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced Monday morning.
“After very careful consideration, I have decided to make a change to our offensive coaching staff and have replaced Marc Trestman with Marty Mornhinweg as offensive coordinator for the rest of the season,” a statement from Harbaugh read.
“My obligations are to the team, the organization and the fans to be the very best team we can be. Today we find ourselves one game out of the division and conference lead after experiencing two tough losses at home. We will work to be better in every aspect of our football team. Our expectations are high, and we look forward to fulfilling them.”
The Ravens offense is averaging just 18.8 points per game through five weeks of the season. They’ve lost their last two games after a 3-0 start to season.
Trestman called a strange game plan against Washington after a 75-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter, one that featured a heavy dose of Terrance West. He had 60 yards on five carries in the first quarter, and then, for some reason, Trestman decided against using his running back much at all. He had just 35 more rushing yards, despite racking up 95 total on just 11 carries.
Quarterback Joe Flacco criticized the offense following Sunday’s loss.
“It’s embarrassing to run off the field in front of your home fans, in front of your teammates,” he told reporters. “Our defense is putting up awesome plays week after week, and we’re just running off the field. It doesn’t feel good as a quarterback, the leader of this offense, to do that.”
Coach John Harbaugh pointed to the offense’s lack of “continuity” after the game.
Baltimore is a team with Super Bowl aspirations, and a two-game skid after a hot start wasn’t going to be met well. The writing was on the wall for Trestman.
“I appreciate and respect the efforts and contributions Marc has made to the team since his arrival,” Harbaugh said. “Marc is a good person and an excellent football coach.”