One more task got added to the to-do list for the Baltimore Ravens this offseason that they likely weren’t planning. Last week, offensive coordinator Greg Roman stepped down from his position after a frustrating season that saw fans and players alike become frustrated.
There was one year remaining on Roman’s deal and it was reportedly a team option. Roman had been on the Ravens’ staff since 2017 when he took over as senior offensive assistant and tight ends coach. In 2018, he became assistant head coach and tight ends coach. From 2019 up until stepping down, he was the offensive coordinator.
“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. “… I’ll truly miss Baltimore, but at the same time I am excited to attack my next opportunity with focus and passion.”
In his first season as offensive coordinator, Roman oversaw the best offense in the NFL, which was led by Lamar Jackson’s MVP performance. That was something the team was chasing ever since as he was never able to replicate that success. Their points per game decreased every season since then, which played a big part in the change occurring.
With Roman no longer on the staff, the Ravens have begun the interview process. One intriguing name has popped up on their list of candidates according to NFL Rumors on Twitter. Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich is reportedly going to interview for the offensive coordinator position.
Reich was fired after Week 9 this season as the team went 3-5-1 out of the gate. He certainly got the short end of the stick as he had a different starting quarterback each season he was head coach yet still found a way to go 40-33 during his tenure.
The most important of his interview with the Ravens, as it will be for everyone that interviews, will be selling the team on what to do with Jackson. Jackson is a free agent, but it would be shocking if the team didn’t do everything in its power to retain him.
Building an offensive system that accentuates his unique skill set will be key to Baltimore turning this around in the near future. Reich has had success in this role before as the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator, as they were one of the most prolific units in the NFL the season before he took the Colts’ head coaching gig.