Coach John Harbaugh says his players have made tangible strides under second-year coordinator Marc Trestman.
"We're going to be in much better shape, in terms of building the system ... than we were the first year," Harbaugh said, per the team's official website. "Now the system is more (Trestman's) than it was last year. I think it's more ours than it was last year."
Last season, Trestman was asked to mold his concepts with those of outgoing play-caller Gary Kubiak, a task that came with its share of complications.
"It's a little unnatural when you (first) come in, and there is a pre-existing offense in place," Trestman said. "It was a very good offense, as we all know. But I spent three months on it, trying to make sure that I simulated the things that were necessary for me to do my job."
Kubiak's scheme was kept in place to serve quarterback Joe Flacco, who thrived in the rollout-based attack in 2014. Trestman, though, is no stranger to milking the most out of signal-callers. And while it's Trope City to talk about an offense "making strides in Year 2," the exact same sentiment was uttered by Cardinals coach Bruce Arians heading into his second year with the Cardinals.
"We have a lot of confidence in what we're doing," Harbaugh said. "We're excited about what we built into it, and Marc Trestman is the main architect of that because he's the offensive coordinator, and he's really very well equipped to do that."
In a rough-and-tumble division, Baltimore must avoid the injury bug that left the club in tatters last autumn. The roster already has its share of questions, but with a healthy Flacco back in the mix, the Ravens can't be counted out.