Marc Trestman helps Ravens prepare for Browns quarterback Josh McCown

Josh McCown had one of his best seasons under Marc Trestman, so it was only natural for the Ravens offensive coordinator to tell the defensive staff what he knows.

Preparing for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mike Vick last week, the Ravens leaned partly on quarterbacks coach Marty Mornhinweg, who had worked with Vick while with the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets.

To get ready for Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown this week, Ravens defensive coaches consulted with offensive coordinator Marc Trestman.


McCown, the 36-year-old who is on his seventh NFL team, resurrected his career while playing for the Chicago Bears under Trestman in 2013. He played in eight games and started five that year in place of an injured Jay Cutler, throwing 13 touchdown passes and just one interception.

"I just think the way he sees the game and understands the game and sees offensive football, it's very similar to me, and so it just clicked for me," McCown said this week in a conference call with Baltimore reporters. "He was huge for me. I'll always feel indebted to him, just for that, because it just gave me a lot of confidence to believe in myself as a player and believe that I could do the things that I always dreamed and set goals to do. He helped me achieve those, so I'm very thankful that my path crossed with Marc Trestman."

Trestman returned the praise, saying McCown has a leadership skill set that "transcends the locker room" and touting his athleticism and football acumen.

"We always say a quarterback's journey can start anywhere, and he has restarted his career, and he's making the most of it," said Trestman.

The two still communicate regularly, but they won't talk this week until meeting on the field Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

McCown enters the matchup having thrown for over 300 yards in back-to-back games. Only three Browns quarterbacks had ever done that: Otto Graham (1953), Brian Sipe (1980) and Brian Hoyer (2014).

Trestman "has told us a lot about Josh's personality, how he studies. He has nothing but great things to say about him," Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. "Marc has been really good, and like I said, he's extremely, extremely complimentary of him."