New offensive coordinator Marc Trestman talks about learning the Ravens' offense and not forcing the team to adjust to his offense. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Chicago Bears guard Matt Slauson earlier this week endorsed his former head coach, Marc Trestman, to do great things in Baltimore ahead of Trestman's first season as offensive coordinator.
"I think he is a really good fit," said Slauson said Monday at an Ed Block Courage Award event. "I think it's going to help him a lot to be back at the offensive coordinator level. Every place he's been in the NFL as a coordinator, he has had tremendous success and I think he's going to fit in really well here. The Baltimore offense is so powerful and explosive, the players on it are great. He can do whatever he wants with it."
Trestman went 13-19 in two seasons with the Bears, following up a successful offensive campaign in 2013 with a disappointing 2014 season. Trestman came under fire at times for throwing too often at the expense of star running back Matt Forte. But he has said he'll adapt his philosophies to the Ravens' run-first tendencies with one of the league's top offensive lines and running back Justin Forsett back in 2015.
Slauson believes that will be the case, too.
"I know what kind of guy Trestman is, and he knows the importance of running the ball," Slauson said. "With us at the Bears, we didn't run the ball as much as we would have liked but that was circumstantial. We got out of games really fast, so it was a product of not having the time to run the ball like we really wanted to. But Trestman definitely doesn't shy away from the run, and with Baltimore's O-line and their back, they're going to be able to run it well."
Trestman has been offensive coordinator in Cleveland, San Francisco, Oakland, and Arizona as part of a coaching career that's spanned nearly 35 years. That vast experience will help Trestman adapt quickly in Baltimore, his former guard said.
"A lot of the misconception in the NFL is that teams hire these coaches to come bring in a certain system. That isn't necessarily true, especially with a guy like Trestman who's been coaching for so long and had so much success in different types and styles of offense," Slauson said. "He's going to come in and mold his style to the Ravens strengths, so if this team is built to zone block, that is what he's going to do."