Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie didn’t spend a lot of time with the Eagles, but when he was there Marty Mornhinweg was there too. So he has a little bit of an idea on what to expect as Mornhiweg takes over as Ravens offensive coordinator this week.
“His mentality is run a little bit but take your shots,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “I think you’ll see, with the arm (Joe) Flacco has, him taking his shots. More deep balls and things of that nature. They had their shots (in the first five games), but I think it’ll be much more.”
That’s why the Ravens made the switch, firing Jim Tressman on Monday and installing Mornhinweg as their play-caller.
“Marty’s been an effective coordinator,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “I’ve seen him work up close, I worked with him for a number of years in Philadelphia. I’ve seen him work here, I know how good he is. I’m excited.”
Harbaugh insisted that the offense won’t change from a schematic point of view.
“We’re not putting in a new playbook or anything,” Harbaugh said. “Marty Mornhinweg and the whole staff have been here the whole time. You’re not going to change everything. I’m sure the way the plays are called, perhaps, or the way Marty operates during the week with the coaches and game plan will have his imprint on it.”
The Giants will be anticipating differences.
“We need to be ready for anything and everything, and expect the unexpected there,” Ben McAdoo said. “I think he’s been in the room with Joe for a little while and you have to be smart as far as how you approach the game. You really have to trust your scheme and your training that way. I’m sure that they’ll still have things they hang their hat on schematically. Some tendencies may change and we’ll see how the game goes.”
The biggest change for the Ravens may just come from their offensive attitude.
“He is definitely a confident person, he is sure in what he is going to do,” Flacco said of Mornhinweg. “There are a few things that he is used to as a play-caller in the league and a few changes that have to be made because of that, just so that he is comfortable with calling the plays and getting a feel for the game, so I think there will be a few tweaks here and there. I don’t really want to get into too much specifics, but Marty brings a definite energy and a lot of confidence.”
DRC and Harbaugh weren’t the only ones who worked with Mornhinweg in Philadelphia. Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was there, too.
“It probably could help him a little bit,” Harbaugh conceded. “I think that Spagnuolo just seeing Marty every day in practice and stuff like that, I’m sure he’ll have quite a bit of familiarity with that.”