"Great support from John [Harbaugh], guys on our staff, people in the building [so] it's been a very easy transition," said Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman on the support he's received. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Seconds after rookie receiver Breshad Perriman dove over cornerback Asa Jackson and safety Will Hill to catch a long touchdown pass down the left sideline Monday, Marc Trestman was sprinting 40 yards toward the end zone.
He high-fived Perriman, and then jogged back to his place on the sideline to call plays.
If you're looking for the Ravens new offensive coordinator, he is easy to find. He has a slender build and looks like he should be in a courtroom or on Wall Street.
The emotion is always on display.
"I've always been pretty active coaching on the field in a positive way. [I am] very passionate, outwardly emotional at the right time," said Trestman, who was dismissed as the Chicago Bears' head coach at the end of last season. "I just kind of let it happen the way it does during practice and in games. But more in practice where you have a chance to move around a little bit more, be a little bit more verbal with the players, because there is time to do that, and to coach on the run. So, that's all part of it."
Trestman has a lot of work to do in his first season as the Ravens coordinator replacing Gary Kubiak, now the head coach of the Denver Bronocs.
The Ravens, who were ranked No. 8 in rushing and No. 13 in passing at the end of the 2014 regular season, return a talented offensive line and have one of the NFL's top quarterbacks in Joe Flacco. But Trestman has to find a No. 2 receiver and a starting tight end from a group of young players.
He will run the same West Coast style offense as Kubiak and most of the terminology will remain the same, but it's been a crash course for the Ravens players during the past three weeks of organized team activities.
It's not the usual install, install, install.
"I just come out here and just try to get them better every day and work on the new things that we're doing and improve on the things we have been working on since the day we got out here," Trestman said.
It's easy to tell that Trestman was a former head coach. On Monday, his only time with the media since being hired in January, he was cautious, evasive and appeared uncomfortable. Everything was a secret, from how much of the offense had been installed to comparing Flacco's personality to other quarterbacks he has coached like Bernie Kosar, Jake Plummer or Rich Gannon.
But that relationship has to be special. Trestman once said the relationship between the quarterback and coach is the No. 1 marriage in sports, and everything starts from there.
"I wouldn't want to make comparisons,'' Trestman said. "Joe has a personality that is unique to him. There is a quiet confidence. There's a calmness. ... And I've certainly enjoyed the process of getting to know him and, still, it's a learning process as we move forward."
There are a lot of similarities in the passing game between this year and last season. So far, the Ravens have run a lot of short passes using clearing out routes and underneath patterns.
The biggest difference is that last season the Ravens ran the ball a lot out of a power formation, using two tight ends. In 2015, it appears running back Justin Forsett will be asked to catch more passes.
"When we first brought [Marc Trestman] in and he was here, I looked at his track record," Forsett said last week. "Most recently, [Matt] Forte caught like 100-and-something passes last year, I think, so that kind of let me know that I could be getting a lot more passes than I did last year. I caught around, I think, 40 [passes] last year, so I am just being ready for that and prepared for that."
But this offense won't be just dink and dunk. So far in practices opened to the media, Flacco has gone downfield when certain receivers have gotten one-on-one coverage on the outside, which is one of the reasons they selected a 6-foot-2, 212 speedster like Perriman in the first round of the NFL draft.
It will be a competitive training camp for Perriman, who will challenge Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown for playing time. But it is inevitable that Perriman will eventually start, just like most first-round pick in the NFL.
It will also be interesting to see how Trestman develops relationships with his players. He is spiritual and a family man, an intellectual who has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from the University of Miami Law School. He has been a member of the Florida bar since 1983.
But that doesn't always translate well onto the football field.
Fortunately for Trestman, a coordinator doesn't have to be as charismatic as the head coach. He isn't as social as Cam Cameron or as businesslike as Jim Caldwell or Kubiak, but it's apparent that Trestman knows his football.