The Ravens are keeping their offensive system mostly intact despite having a new offensive coordinator, but there is still plenty of work to do.
Quarterback Joe Flacco, working with his third offensive coordinator in three years, sees some continuity from last year with Marc Trestman, but noted one key difference between the new coach and his predecessor Gary Kubiak.
"He wants to run a lot of the stuff right now that we’re going to be running during the year, so rather than going through and base-install, base-install, base-install and gradually building up, we’re kind of getting a lot of stuff," Flacco said of Trestman during last week’s OTAs, per Russell Street Report.
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Trestman apparently doesn’t want to waste any time when it comes to getting the offense up and running, hoping for a seamless transition in the second year of what is still essentially Kubiak’s scheme.
"No, it doesn’t feel like a year one," Flacco said. "I feel really comfortable with some things, but it’s still nice to get out here in these practices and run through some things that you’re getting for the first time and seeing how everybody reacts to it."
Flacco, coming off the best statistical season of his career, will have several new targets to get used to. The team used its first-round selection on receiver Breshad Perriman to help replace the departed Torrey Smith, and followed that up with tight end Maxx Williams in the second round. Fourth-rounder Buck Allen also figures to see some time in the receiving game out of the backfield.
Considering that the Ravens don’t have any receiver returning from last year with more than 35 targets aside from Steve Smith, it makes sense to get the rookies up to speed as quickly as possible.
"It’s been great to work with him so far,” Flacco added of Trestman. "He’s very detailed in what he wants and how he puts things in and making sure that he teaches it in a way that everybody understands it and gets it pretty quickly."