Baltimore Ravens: Top 5 Surprises Through Week 5
Surprise Two: The Offensive Coordinator Has Been Replaced
Sports fans bet on many things. I doubt anyone bet that Marty Mornhinweg would replace Mark Trestman as the offensive coordinator, after five weeks of football. John Harbaugh is known for his loyalty. Many argue (myself included) that Cam Cameron only lasted as long as he did, because of this loyalty. Two home losses in a row however, is a very bad look. It is clear that the Ravens head coach wasn’t going to fall on his sword to protect a dysfunctional offensive coordinator.
The Ravens problems stem from slow starts, and disappearing acts from the offense. For example, the Ravens defense just gave up 10 points. The Redskins scored six points because of the special teams as well. The Ravens offense needed to do so little to win that game. They couldn’t even do that.
The Ravens clearly have talent. The running backs are good. Dennis Pitta is back and he is a play-maker. Mike Wallace and Steve Smith Sr. are capable weapons. Joe Flacco clearly needs to play better, but it looks like coaching has been the Ravens biggest failing. It is very rare that an offensive coordinator gets fired in the middle of the season.