Marc Trestman: Ravens will emphasize running game


Marc Trestman led a pass-heavy offensive scheme during his two years with the Chicago Bears, but the new offensive coordinator of the Ravens insists he will stick with what Baltimore does best.

"Ravens football starts with the running game, and that doesn't mean you're not going to throw the ball," Trestman said Saturday, via "But the emphasis here is we want to be a great running football team and we have the players to do that. So that's where we start."

That meshes with what NFL Media's Albert Breer noted from Ravens camp, that the team will continue to utilize the outside-zone staples that running back Justin Forsett thrived in last year.

Trestman added that it's "an overblown perception" that he desires a pass-happy offense.

"When you have the players to do the things that you do best, you do them," Trestman said. "I've had some very good running backs, but they weren't the type of running back or did we have the line that the Ravens have. So, you try to utilize your personnel the best you can to achieve the things that you need to achieve."

The Ravens will lean on a backfield of Forsett, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Fitzgerald Toussaint.

"You try to go to your strengths," Trestman said. "But there is no doubt that the strength of this football team, or one of them offensively, is the offensive line and the back that runs the ball."

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