The Baltimore Ravens have quickly fallen from 3-0 to 3-2 after losing consecutive games to the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins. Apparently, coach John Harbaugh has identified the scapegoat for his team’s struggles.
The Ravens have fired offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and will promote quarterbacks coach Marty Mornhinweg to replace him, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. This decision comes after the Ravens could only muster 10 points against a mediocre Redskins defense during a 16-10 home loss.
Baltimore has scored more than 19 points just twice in five games this season. The Ravens rank 22nd in passing offense (239.2 yards per game), 17th in rushing offense (99 yards per game) and 23rd in scoring offense (18.8 points per game).
Trestman joined the Ravens in 2015 after a failed tenure as the head coach of the Chicago Bears. The Ravens finished 14th in the league in total offense and 25th in scoring offense during his first season in Baltimore.
Mornhinweg also joined the Ravens last season after a two-year stint as the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets. Mornhinweg’s tenure in New York was a lousy one, as the Jets ranked near the bottom of the league in total offense and didn’t average more than 18.8 points per game during those two seasons.
Perhaps Harbaugh is taking a page out of Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan’s playbook. The Bills are 3-0 since Ryan fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman and have scored at least 30 points in two of those three wins.
The Ravens offense needs a similar jolt after a sluggish opening month.