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Joe Flacco upbeat about new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman

Joe Flacco says that new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman will fit in well.

The arrival of offensive coordinator Marc Trestman brings a professorial quality to the Ravens' offense.

Bespectacled with a rich vocabulary, Trestman is well-versed in the stock market, took and passed the bar exam and earned a nickname, "The Quarterback Whisperer," for his work with Steve Young and Bernie Kosar.

Although Trestman and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler were not successful together -- particularly last season, which ended with Trestman being fired as head coach following a 5-11 nose dive -- he's made a good impression so far on quarterback Joe Flacco.

"Everybody likes Marc, I think he's a bright guy," Flacco said Saturday night during a Special Olympics Maryland event in at Al Packer Ford in White Marsh. "I think he's running the meetings well. I think he's doing some really good things. We're evolving a little bit. I think he's going to be a good fit."

The expectation is that Trestman will use a lot of former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking system for the running game. He'll implement passing game concepts that emphasize on getting the ball downfield to wide receivers.

So far, the transition to Trestman and his playbook has gone smoothly. The real tests will come during the NFL season.

"We've been with him for a week now in meetings," said tight end Dennis Pitta, who's attempting to return after fracturing and dislocating his right hip twice in the past two seasons. "We're excited about him being a part of this. He brings a lot of knowledge and experience to our offense. I think he's a great fit."

This marked the fourth year that Al Packer has held a casino night to benefit Special Olympics Maryland.

Flacco and Pitta posed for photographs and interacted with several Special Olympics athletes.

"It's a great event every year," Flacco said. "It's just getting better and better. More people are coming out and supporting it and the athletes. It's always great to see. I think the athletes have something contagious about them. It just fills you up with energy and excitement. Their attitudes and everything are great."

This was the first year Pitta attended the charity event.

"It's a lot of fun, it's a great cause," Pitta said. "I'm just happy to be a part of it."

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