Former Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman is out of work again.
In a move that won’t surprise one Chicago Bears fan, the Baltimore Ravens made the decision Monday morning to terminate their offensive coordinator, Marc Trestman.
Trestman, of course, was formerly the Bears head coach in 2013 and 2014. He took over a team that went 10-6 in 2012 and turned them into a 5-11 team by 2014 where they lost seven games by two or more touchdowns. The Bears were in such disarray that management chose to fire Trestman despite having two years remaining on his contract, something the Bears had never done in the past. To add insult to injury, Trestman lost this job before the Bears even finished paying him for his head coaching contract.
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John Harbaugh decided to bring in Trestman last season to help spark their offense. Trestman took over a Ravens offense that was 12th in total yards and 8th in total points in 2014. Trestman immediately took the offense and moved them in the wrong direction. The Ravens plummeted to 25th in the NFL in points per game last season under Trestman.
Harbaugh probably gave Trestman a pass last season because Joe Flacco missed almost half the season with an injury, but with a healthy offense this season, the Ravens ranked 23rd in both yards per game and points per game.
The Ravens have always been a team that believed in running the football. That made the Trestman move even more surprising. Trestman believes short passes are just as, if not more, effective than a running game and rarely relies on the run for any part of his offense.
With the offense not performing and the playcalling not what Harbaugh and the players had expected, it was time for Trestman to go. The Ravens now turn to former Detroit Lions head coach Marty Mornhinweg who was serving as the team’s quarterback coach previously.
After being fired twice in less than two years, this most likely will be the last of Trestman’s NFL career as a coach. It’s possible that Trestman remains as a team’s quarterback coach or as an offensive consultant, but at the age of 60, he will almost certainly not see any coaching position of prominence again.