After six seasons in Baltimore, the last four as the team’s offensive coordinator, Greg Roman resigned from his position, he announced Thursday. in a statement from your agencyRoman said he is stepping away to pursue other opportunities.
“After visiting Coach [John] Harbaugh and after being reunited 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 part.
Harbaugh issued a statement too. “Greg has led the development and success of an unprecedented offense in Baltimore for several seasons. He is a tremendous football coach, as well as a family man and person. Greg envisioned and led our offense to no less than 26 historic and franchise achievements. He established an identity for our offense. We are grateful for Greg’s hard work and skills, and we wish him and his wonderful family the best of happiness in the future.”
In a press conference following the announcement, Harbaugh also fixed that, “Lamar Jackson is our quarterback” and there’s a “200%” chance he’ll be with the team next season, adding that Jackson will have information on the search for the team’s next offensive coordinator.
In four seasons under Roman, the Ravens’ offense ranked second, 19th, sixth, and 16th in yards, and first, seventh, 17th, and 19th in points. He was the architect of the scheme that resulted in Jackson’s 2019 MVP season, during which he completed 66.1% of his passes at an average of 7.8 yards per attempt, while leading the NFL with 36 touchdown passes to just six. interceptions, and also by land. He 176 times for a quarterback-record 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns.
Roman has long been highly regarded as a running game designer, and that has held true throughout his time with the Ravens, just as it did when he coordinated offenses led by Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco and Tyrod Taylor in Buffalo. However, Baltimore’s offense seemed to stall in that initial season, as the league took notice of the Ravens’ simplistic passing concepts. During his last two seasons in particular, Baltimore struggled to get their passing game on track without the benefit of receivers who could threaten defenses in the back of the field, forcing Jackson to repeatedly work Mark Andrews up the middle or make a played all on its own.
The Ravens made significant changes to their offense last offseason after Wink Martindale’s scheme had seemingly gone stale, and now they appear to be preparing for similar changes on the offensive side of the ball, with Jackson as the centerpiece.