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Marc Trestman vows to adapt to Ravens' offense, not overhaul it

Marc Trestman wants to build off what the Ravens already have and that includes zone blocking.

In his first comments since being named Ravens offensive coordinator Tuesday, Marc Trestman made one thing clear: he has no plans to make sweeping changes with the offense.

“It’s never going to be my offense. It’s always going to be the Ravens’ offense,” Trestman said in a conference call today. “I’ve been in this situation before in two or three occasions. The framework and formula of this is for me to go in and learn the offense, learn the nuances of the offense.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Trestman’s experience with a West Coast offense and ability to offer continuity in the scheme that the team ran successfully this past season factored prominently in the decision to hire the former Chicago Bears head coach as the team’s offensive coordinator.

“The main thing is the fact that he’s such a good fit for us going forward -- his experience level, his background,” Harbaugh said. “We want to build off [last year]. … I don’t know what he was known as, but we have a way we want to play and we have a system in place. Marc understands that. I understand what kind of offense we’re going to be going forward.”

Under Gary Kubiak, who was officially introduced as Denver Broncos coach Tuesday, the Ravens set a franchise record in points and yards. Quarterback Joe Flacco had arguably the best season of his career, and the team’s running game was revitalized in the zone-blocking system.

Trestman has not run that same system in the past, but he said he will adapt with the Ravens. That includes with the blocking schemes, along with relying on the run game. If there was a criticism of Trestman’s play-calling in the past, it was that he becomes too pass-happy at times.  

“That’s where it’s going to start with the Ravens,” Trestman said when asked specifically about zone blocking. “That’s not going to change.”

Both Trestman and Harbaugh also said the Ravens will keep most of the verbiage the same to ease the transition to the team’s fourth offensive coordinator in as many seasons.

My idea would be why would I have 20-something guys learn a new offense. Isn’t it easier for me to [do it]?" Trestman said.

Trestman said he already exchanged some text messages with Flacco, whose wife gave birth to the couple’s third child Tuesday night, and he plans to talk to him further when things settle down. Harbaugh also spoke to Flacco several times during the offensive coordinator hiring process.

“Joe’s on board,” Harbaugh said. “He’s excited.”

Harbaugh, who knew late last week that there was a good chance that Kubiak was leaving the organization, first spoke to Trestman on Sunday, and then the 59-year-old flew into Baltimore for a formal interview Monday.

Harbaugh also confirmed that he interviewed Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who he also liked. Ultimately, Harbaugh chose Trestman.

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