The team announced Tuesday that Marc Trestman has been hired as offensive coordinator after spending the past two seasons as head coach of the Chicago Bears, who fired him in December. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Trestman will sign a three-year deal with the Ravens, per a source involved of the situation.
Joe Flacco thrived under Kubiak, but the hiring of Trestman should allow the Ravens quarterback to land on his feet.
Armed with his doctored-up West Coast Offense, Trestman milked a career year out of Josh McCown in 2013. The noted quarterback tutor couldn't do the same with Jay Cutler this autumn, but Flacco is a superior product under center in the prime of his career.
Before the failed Bears stint, Trestman thrived in the CFL after successful coordinator runs with the Raiders, Cardinals, 49ers and Browns, among others. He generated interest from multiple teams this offseason, but Trestman's patience paid off: He now finds himself embedded with one of the most consistent organizations in all of sports.
Baltimore also considered Kyle Shanahan, who would have offered a seamless transition as a disciple of Kubiak. Trestman, though, has proven he can operate a vibrant, diverse passing attack that challenges defenses downfield.
His pass-happy playbook might narrow Baltimore's focus on the run, but we don't expect the Ravens to wander too far from their roots in the rough-and-tumble AFC North.
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