The Ravens moved quickly to replace Gary Kubiak, announcing Tuesday afternoon that they have hired former Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman as their new offensive coordinator.
The announcement comes a day after Kubiak was officially named as the Denver Broncos’ head coach.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who is in Arizona preparing to coach one of the Pro Bowl teams, interviewed Trestman and former Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase for the position on Monday. Trestman, 59, coached the Bears the previous two seasons, compiling a 13-19 record. He was fired earlier this month after the Bears completed a 5-11 season.
Trestman was born in St. Louis Park and played football at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State-Moorhead.
Known for his ability to get the best out of quarterbacks, Trestman has extensive experience at several levels. He was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns in 1988 and 1989, and that Browns’ team included current Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.
He’s also had stints as the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders.
After two years as the offensive coordinator at North Carolina State, Trestman coached for five seasons in the Canadian Football League, where he won two Grey Cups as the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes.
He’s helped numerous quarterbacks, including Bernie Kosar, Rich Gannon and Jake Plummer, earning the nickname of the “quarterback whisperer.” His task will be to continue the momentum that the Ravens built offensively this past season. Quarterback Joe Flacco had one of the best seasons of his career.