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Ravens don't plan on using a lot of shotgun with Joe Flacco

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens have gone to extremes when it comes to using the shotgun over the last two seasons.

In 2013, the Ravens led the NFL with 625 snaps in the shotgun. That was the season when the Ravens were forced to go with a Peyton Manning-style attack with Jim Caldwell because they couldn't run the ball.

Last season, Flacco was in the shotgun for 243 snaps, the fewest for any quarterback with at least 10 games. That was when Gary Kubiak was calling the plays in a run-first offense.

Now, with Marc Trestman taking over the playbook, how much will the Ravens use the shotgun?

"We're an under-the-center offensive football team, and we'll use the shotgun when it's appropriate," Trestman said. "Defenses and game-planning will determine that. But ultimately, we're under the center. It all starts with forcing each and every defense to defend the run and running the football first."

Trestman used the shotgun frequently in his two seasons in Chicago. The Bears moved their quarterbacks from under center 1,124 times in 2013 and 2014, which ranked seventh-most over that span.

Statistics say the Ravens should keep Flacco under center, which is surprising because he was known as a shotgun quarterback coming out of Delaware. But over the last five seasons, Flacco has only an 81.1 passer rating in the shotgun (21st in the NFL) with 58 touchdowns and 44 interceptions.

In other words, the Ravens will likely use the shotgun this year as sparingly as they did last season.