Ravens fire OC Marc Trest­man

Quar­ter­backs coach Marty Morn­hin­weg fills the va­cancy

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

The Bal­ti­more Ravens have fired of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Marc Trest­man, head coach John Har­baugh an­nounced Mon­day morn­ing.

Quar­ter­backs coach Marty Morn­hin­weg will re­place Trest­man.

“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,” Har­baugh said in a state­ment re­leased by the or­ga­ni­za­tion. “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 move comes one day after a 16-10 home loss to Wahs­ing­ton on Sun­day. The Ravens’ of­fense fell flat after its open­ing drive, in which Bal­ti­more marched 75 yards down field be­hind a bal­anced mix of run and pass for a touch­down. The Ravens (3-2) man­aged just a sin­gle field goal the rest of the game.

Bal­ti­more found early suc­cess run­ning the ball, but ran just eight run plays in the fi­nal three quar­ters. Run­ning back Ter­rance West av­er­aged 8.6 yards per carry Sun­day, but only ran the ball 11 times.

Har­baugh and quar­ter­back Joe Flacco both ex­pressed frus­tra­tion with the of­fen­sive strug­gles fol­low­ing the game.

Trest­man was in his sec­ond sea­son as of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor in Bal­ti­more. He re­placed Gary Ku­biak, who left to be­come head coach of the Den­ver Bron­cos.

“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.”

Morn­hin­weg will be Flacco’s fifth of­fen­sive co- or­di­na­tor in nine sea­sons, fol­low­ing Cam Cameron, De­troit Li­ons head coach Jim Cald­well, Ku­biak and Trest­man. Cameron, like Trest­man, was fired one day after the Ravens lost to Wash­ing­ton in 2012. He was re­placed by Cald­well and the Ravens went on to win the Su­per Bowl.

Morhin­weg was last the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor of the New York Jets (201314). He held that po­si­tion with the Philadel­phia Ea­gles (2004-12) and the San Fran­cisco 49ers (19972000). Morn­hin­weg spent two sea­sons (2001-02) as head coach of the De­troit Li­ons.

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GRO­GAN

Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Marc Trest­man was fired Mon­day, one day after the Bal­ti­more Ravens fell 16-10 to Wash­ing­ton at home.

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