Baltimore Ravens: 5 interesting variables of the 2018 season
2. If the offense sputters, Harbaugh may have to fire Marty Mornhinweg
The Ravens felt a great deal of pressure to change this offseason and they didn’t do it. Marty Mornhinweg is still the offensive coordinator of the Ravens. It’s only fair to point out that Mornhinweg had a level of offensive talent that would have been detrimental to any offensive coordinator. You could have put any offensive coordinator in charge of that offense and it would have still had problems. It’s only fair to point that out, however there is a tremendous amount of pressure on Mornhinweg.
Mornhinweg’s departure was the number one wanted change this offseason for the Ravens Flock. Harbaugh went out on a limb for Mornhinweg. If the offense sputters in 2018, Harbaugh’s hand is almost forced. If the offense isn’t working, nothing is clicking and the defense has to carry the team again, firing Mornhinweg becomes a tempting option. Mornhinweg may not have superstars at his disposal, but he does have weapons now.
The Ravens have retooled the offense. They have boosted the offensive line (Orlando Brown Jr. pans out). Mornhinweg could find himself out of excuses and Harbaugh may find himself unable come up with an excuse to keep him. Harbaugh is under pressure to get this right and he’s fired two offensive coordinators in the past. Mornhinweg’s departure mid season is very unlikely, but the right circumstances could prescribe it.