Ravens OC Greg Roman resigns amid dwindling results from offense

Ravens OC Greg Roman resigns amid dwindling results from offense

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Greg Roman decided to step down as the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive coordinator Thursday amid outrage from fans and frustration from players.

Roman had one year left on his contract, which was believed to be a team option.

“After visiting with Coach (John) Harbaugh and meeting with my family, I have decided that now is the right time to leave the Ravens so that I can explore new challenges and opportunities,” Roman said in a statement. “…I will really miss Baltimore, but at the same time I’m excited to pursue my next opportunity with focus and passion.”

The Ravens’ scoring had declined in each of Roman’s four seasons as Baltimore’s snap leader, from an NFL-best 33.2 points per game in 2019 to 20.6 points per game in 2022 ( 19th in the league). Roman’s downfall was his inability to put together a passing game to complement a record-setting running game and his questionable play in the red zone.

“Greg masterminded and led our offense to no fewer than 26 NFL and franchise historic accomplishments. He established an identity for our offense. We are grateful for Greg’s great work and skills, and we wish him and his wonderful family the best of happiness in the future. Harbaugh said in a statement.

After the Ravens’ 24-17 playoff loss to the Bengals on Sunday, running back JK Dobbins complained about not having any red zone touches in the second half, specifically in the series where the quarterback’s fumble Backup outfielder Tyler Huntley was returned 98. yards for a touchdown. Baltimore finished 30th in the red zone this season and went 1-for-4 inside the 20-yard line on Sunday.

Roman faced increasing scrutiny towards the end of the season, as Baltimore struggled without injured quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Ravens failed to score more than 17 points at any time in Jackson’s six-game absence (including the postseason).

It was just last month when someone left makeshift handwritten fliers reading “Fire Greg Roman” scattered just outside the entrance to the Ravens’ facility. A few weeks before this, someone posted a video on Twitter of fans yelling obscenities at Roman as he walked from the stadium to his car after the game. “Get the hell out of here, Greg,” a fan yelled.

Baltimore finished this season 16th overall (338.8), his worst in six seasons, and 28th in passing offense (178.8) in an injury-plagued season. There wasn’t a time this season that Roman had his No. 1 running back (Dobbins), No. 1 wide receiver (Rashod Bateman) and All-Pro left tackle (Ronnie Stanley) available in the same game.

Under Roman’s innovative running game strategies, the Ravens became the only team in NFL history to produce more than 3,000 rushing yards in a season. Baltimore did it in back-to-back seasons, which were also Jackson’s only two full seasons (2019 and 2020). Roman put together the NFL’s all-time leading rushing attack in 2019, when the Ravens rushed for 3,296 yards, the most in a 16-game season in league history.

But Jackson and the passing game never progressed. Over the past two seasons, Jackson has thrown for 33 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. The Ravens have had the third-fewest passing yards (194.1) in the past three seasons.

Entering his 16th NFL season, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh will be looking for his seventh offensive coordinator. Previous to him were Cam Cameron, Jim Caldwell, Gary Kubiak, Marc Trestman, Marty Mornhinweg and Roman.

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