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Ravens not paring down offense for Matt Schaub, says Marc Trestman

Matt Schaub #8 of the Baltimore Ravens leaves the field after their 20-19 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on September 3, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman said he hasn't had to pare the Ravens' offense down at all as he transitions from starter Joe Flacco (knee) to backup Matt Schaub for Monday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

"We haven't tried to limit the offense or do any less than we've been doing," Trestman said. "We're going to try to gear things towards what we've been doing and what Matt's familiar with. We feel really good about that."

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Trestman said Schaub has "had two really good days of practice" that have been "very clean," and echoed the comments from several players who said they don't expect a drop-off from Flacco to Schaub, who went to two Pro Bowls with the Houston Texans but struggled in the last few years with interceptions while with Houston and the Oakland Raiders.

"He's a decorated veteran in the National Football League," Trestman said. "He has a lot of familiarity with the offense, and he's a mature quarterback who's played in all different environments, and our players know that. That gives them all a sense of confidence. You can see it out here in the two days of practice that we've had."

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Schaub is getting all of the practice reps with the first-team offense at the expense of new backup Jimmy Clausen, who just arrived on Wednesday but is primarily working with the scout team. Trestman believes the work with Schaub, both in the preseason and now with the starters, will bring back a quarterback he said has a lot of strengths.

"No. 1, his football intelligence is at a really high level, because he's seen a lot and can handle a lot and played a lot, he can handle multiple situations," Trestman said. "He's a very good passer and an accurate passer. His career has proven that. When he's had his best years, he's been a high-completion guy and he can throw the ball down the field. He's excelled in this offense, so there's a lot of positives, plus he's got very, very good leadership skills."

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