Greg Roman out as Ravens offensive coordinator

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There’s another vacancy at offensive coordinator.

Greg Roman has stepped down as the Ravens offensive coordinator to pursue other opportunities, he and the organization announced on Thursday.

“After visiting with coach [John] Harbaugh and after huddling with my family, I have decided that now is the right time to move on from the Ravens so that I can explore new challenges and opportunities,” Roman said in a statement, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. “My family would like to thank [Ravens owner] Steve Biscotti for the opportunity to be a part of this elite organization and for being the first class leader that he is.

“I would also like to thank John Harbaugh, who I respect as much as any head coach I have worked alongside. I learned a lot working for John and will carry those lessons forward. I also watched our management team Dick, Sashi, Ozzie, Eric and many others run a sports franchise as smoothly and as well as one can be run. and I appreciate them allowing us to always remain focused on winning. Thanks also to the great coaches and tremendous support staff too many to name. A special thanks to all the players I coached here; they bought in and let it rip, and inspired me every day.

“And Baltimore fans are, quite simply, amazing. I’ll truly miss Baltimore, but at the same time I am excited to attack my next opportunity with focus and passion.”

Roman had been with the ravens since 2017, first serving as senior offensive assistant and tight ends coach. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2019 and helps lead quarterback Lamar Jackson to his MVP season.

“Greg has led the development and success of a record-setting offense in Baltimore for several seasons,” Harbaugh said in a statement released by the team. “He is a tremendous football coach, as well as family man and person.

“Greg devised and led our offense to no fewer than 26 historical NFL and franchise achievements. He established an identity for our offense. We are grateful for Greg’s great work and abilities, and we wish him and his wonderful family the utmost happiness going forward.”

The 2022 Ravens finished No. 16 in total yards and No. 19 in points scored. The club was also second in rushing with 2,720 yards.

Roman also served as San Francisco’s offensive coordinator from 2011-2014 and Buffalo’s OC from 2015-2016. With so many coordinator positions open around the league, Roman may have options for his next stop.

48 responses to “Greg Roman out as Ravens offensive coordinator

  1. Roman must have been told the Ravens are going to get a new QB. Likely one that is a pocket passer and doesn’t fit his system. Watch him follow Lamar to his next team.

  2. I think if the Saints would stop dragging their feet with firing their OC, this guy could come in and complement what Dennis Alien does on defense. Saints need an experienced OC signal caller. Could use a QB too…

  3. He was a scapegoat for John Harbaugh. At the same time he had no feel for the game. Keeping JK Dobbins out of the red zone drive in the wanning seconds of the play off game against the Bengals. What was he thinking? Also he was clueless in red zone execution.

  4. Baltimore will miss him. He has changed the game by making running QBs viable…first in SF then in Baltimore.

  5. And the scapegoating of OCs continues all for entitled, narcisstic primadonna QBs.

    Not a good look. At all. The enabling will come back to bite.

  6. Decosta should be out as GM. General managers like John Lynch, Ozzie Newsome and Howie Roseman are Michelin star chefs. Decosta is a dumpster diver with one secret ingredient that his stupidity may let walk out the door the offseason. His leader in rushing attempts (among rb) and receptions (among wr) both could not make the Raiders rosters. Instead of signing Matt Judon to an extension the got lucky to find a disgared Justin Houston laying around. The only pro bowl player he has Drafted in four years is a punt returner. Ozzie Newsome Drafted 8 in his last 4 drafts. Once Jackson is gone Baltimore will hit bottom and undergo a massive rebuild. The sooner they realize Decosta is in over his head the better.

  7. I think Baltimore is looking for a good RB’s coach as their new Offensive Coordinator!

  8. Since when does a team that made the playoffs need a scapegoat?

    It was time to part however. Lamar will more than likely not be back and Huntley can run a traditional offense in addition to RPO so Roman isn’t needed anymore.

  9. And the scapegoating of OCs continues all for entitled, narcisstic primadonna QBs.

    Not a good look. At all. The enabling will come back to bite.

    I think if you check the records the Ravens placed ahead of the OC by committee Patriots clown show so who are you to be judging anyone?
    Had Lamar played the last five games he would still have his job and the Lamar situation would have been less muddied by the injury.

  10. Lots of speculation on why this guy wants to leave….. perhaps he has earned enough and just wants to spend some time with his family….

  11. Wishing Greg nothing but the best going forward, and he doesn’t deserve some of the BS some fans throw out there. But every defensive coordinator knows his playbook by now, the Ravens’ scheme was just what he was doing in SF with a few more bells and whistles.

  12. Without Roman Jackson the Jackson experiment would’ve failed. Roman scrapped his offense and redesigned it for an extremely limited passer who could run really fast. What made Roman’s system so effective for Jackson is what made it useless for anyone not named Lamar Jackson.

    WRs aren’t targeted in the passing game and the other running backs didn’t get the ball enough to be as effective as they could be.

    If Jackson isn’t going to be back it made sense to get a new OC. If Jackson is going to be back and they try to run a traditional offense? lol. No depth at WR but have 4 RBs in addition to Jackson.

  13. Roman made his name getting the most out of running QBs, and like all running QBs, that’s a short-lived career.

  14. Greg Roman leaving does not mean Lamar is leaving. Also, Roman isn’t a “Scapegoat” for Lamar, Harbaugh or Decosta. Decosta is an amazing GM. Harbaugh is an amazing coach, and Lamar is an amazing QB. Is Roman an amazing coordinator too? Yeah, I think he is. After a few years of running the same style of offense, not expanding the playbook, never opening the WR route tree, failing to get plays off in time, and not putting our best players in position to make game winning plays, it was time for him to go, and time for Baltimore to bring someone new in. The same thing happened with Wink last year. He was known for his amazing blitz schemes and aggressive defense, and it stopped working for us. Now we have Mike MacDonald with new schemes and a new defensive mentality geared towards limiting big plays. Roman is known for his amazing run scheme with a very limited passing game. That did work to an extent, but with such a limited passing attack, albeit, it would have been better with healthier receivers and a better #1, it was time to move on. This has nothing to do with Lamar, Harbaugh, or Decosta, so everyone needs to stop thinking that.

  15. This move is going to hurt Baltimore. The offense was designed in a fine manner, just not executed by the players. Think about the games that the Ravens let get away, that was not the fault of the offense. This last playoff game, in which the Ravens had a great chance to win, the offense scheme set them up to be successful, but for a couple of bone head plays by Huntley (yes he’s young), the team could have won. Huntley forces the ball to Mark Andrews too much, which is why he threw the first interception and the team couldn’t close out the Pittsburgh game. The team didn’t help itself by not getting more receiving help to take the load off the running game therefore Roman had to work with what he had on the roster. Get it together Ravens!!! You are not that far off, just need to put the pieces together, but this Roman move will add some degree of difficulty.

  16. mikecrabtreeschain says:
    January 19, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    Decosta should be out as GM. General managers like John Lynch, Ozzie Newsome and Howie Roseman are Michelin star chefs. Decosta is a dumpster diver with one secret ingredient that his stupidity may let walk out the door the offseason. His leader in rushing attempts (among rb) and receptions (among wr) both could not make the Raiders rosters. Instead of signing Matt Judon to an extension the got lucky to find a disgared Justin Houston laying around. The only pro bowl player he has Drafted in four years is a punt returner. Ozzie Newsome Drafted 8 in his last 4 drafts. Once Jackson is gone Baltimore will hit bottom and undergo a massive rebuild. The sooner they realize Decosta is in over his head the better.

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    The Ravens were spoiled with Ozzie Newsome who was a generational talent as a GM. I doubt he’ll ever be adequately replace in this era.

  17. As a Niner fan, I can understand how grateful the Baltimore fan base must feel. Yes, his O can put up decent numbers but he fizzles out in the redzone, it seems….when it matters most. His play calling is beyond frustrating to watch.

  18. If Staley wants to upgrade that atrocious run game this would be his hire but as the Chargers also need someone to get more out of Herbert and a QB coach I doubt the fit.

  19. I get the idea of Huntley as a cheap Lamar alternative but can you really see his inaccuracy working in a traditional offence? I’d see Darnold as a step up

  20. obviously the team wants to bring in someone new; not sure if they want someone else to coach lamar or if this means roman was brought in to cater to lamar’s strengths and now they want a post-lamar offense going forward.

    from all the roses in the press statements of roman and harbaugh, my guess is roman got the rest of his contract paid and allowed it to be portrayed as something he decided to do.

  21. I bet the Ravens will fire all of their coaches to ignore the fact that Lamar can’t take them to the promiseland

  22. I was talking with a guy who is a die-hard 49ers fan and he backed up what I thought. Everybody acts like Roman designed these unique niche offenses for Kaep and Lamar, but he didn’t. He just happened to be the OC when the team’s starting QB happened to be a spectacularly talented runner as well. He’ll keep getting jobs, but he’s not an innovative or even competent OC.

  23. momi says:
    January 19, 2023 at 2:25 pm
    mikecrabtreeschain says:
    January 19, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    Decosta should be out as GM. General managers like John Lynch, Ozzie Newsome and Howie Roseman are Michelin star chefs. Decosta is a dumpster diver with one secret ingredient that his stupidity may let walk out the door the offseason. His leader in rushing attempts (among rb) and receptions (among wr) both could not make the Raiders rosters. Instead of signing Matt Judon to an extension the got lucky to find a disgared Justin Houston laying around. The only pro bowl player he has Drafted in four years is a punt returner. Ozzie Newsome Drafted 8 in his last 4 drafts. Once Jackson is gone Baltimore will hit bottom and undergo a massive rebuild. The sooner they realize Decosta is in over his head the better.

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    The Ravens were spoiled with Ozzie Newsome who was a generational talent as a GM. I doubt he’ll ever be adequately replace in this era.

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    “I owe my front office career to Bill Belichick.” – Ozzie Newsome

  24. Now all of the sudden the people who have been critical of him for years are going to be big fans and say it was Jackson’s fault. You people are very predictable. Harbaugh telegraphed this move weeks ago when they were trying to nudge him out the door to Stanford. Roman has a limited ceiling as an OC. His passing offenses just don’t progress over time. Whoever drafts Anthony Richardson should hire him though to ease him into the pro game. The Titans should look at him too if they’re going to pivot to Willis next year.

  25. Vasteelerfan says:
    January 19, 2023 at 2:04 pm
    And the scapegoating of OCs continues all for entitled, narcisstic primadonna QBs.

    Not a good look. At all. The enabling will come back to bite.

    I think if you check the records the Ravens placed ahead of the OC by committee Patriots clown show so who are you to be judging anyone?
    Had Lamar played the last five games he would still have his job and the Lamar situation would have been less muddied by the injury.

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    Because when a mistake is made in NE, it’s admitted to, and they fix it 9/10. And, NE needs someone to be there for NUMEROUS years and not use it as a springboard to get a head coaching job somewhere else.

    It’s entirely possible that WAS NOT available to them last year. It failed, the experiment didn’t work, and they’re addressing it.

    Baltimore just scapegoated Roman and deflected away from their REAL problem.

    See the difference?

  26. See the difference?

    What I see is spin by someone that is extremely hypocritical……as usual….but ironically funny at the same time.

  27. mikecrabtreeschain the Ravens don’t rebuild, they retool. This is as well run of a franchise as there is in the NFL. You can not like the coaches or the GM but this organization wins. They’re always in the playoff conversation if not Superbowl. If Lamar leaves then they’ll out draft your team with the draft picks and still find a way to win 10-12 games. They’re just built right from top to bottom.

  28. Greggy was all the hype when Lamar was on fire now the scapegoat for Harbaugh clock mismanagement.

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