OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg grimaced when someone asked if the Ravens got too conservative in the second half of last Sunday's 19-14 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
"I hate that word, by the way," Mornhinweg said after Thursday's practice. "I don't get called that very often. Ah, that bothers me."
Since Mornhinweg replaced Marc Trestman as offensive coordinator, the Ravens have started off fast before pulling in the reins after halftime. In six games with Mornhinweg as the playcaller, Baltimore has averaged 131.8 yards in the second half, which ranks as the second-fewest in the NFL (only ahead of the winless Cleveland Browns).
Quarterback Joe Flacco vented his frustration after Sunday's game, saying the offense got "conservative" -- a word that obviously doesn't sit well with Mornhinweg. On Wednesday, Flacco said he had a "little funny conversation" with Mornhinweg about that.
"I think I won that debate, by the way," Mornhinweg said with a smile. "He didn't tell you that? He probably thinks he won the debate."
Mornhinweg said his plan last Sunday was to come out of halftime and dominate the line of scrimmage. The problem was the Ravens struggled to sustain drives, going 0-for-6 on third downs in the second half.
Mornhinweg acknowledged that it bothered him how the second half unfolded offensively and agreed that the Ravens became too conservative.
"I'm comfortable that we did the things that we had to do to win the doggone game," Mornhinweg said. "That's the most important thing. A little disappointed that we certainly could be more aggressive. There's no question about that."