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Ravens OC Greg Roman has resigned due to declining offensive results

Ravens OC Greg Roman has resigned due to declining offensive results

OWINS MILLS, Md. — Greg Roman has decided to step down Baltimore Ravens‘offensive coordinator on Thursday amid fan anger and player frustration.

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

“After the visit with the coach [John] After meeting with Harbaugh and my family, I have decided now is the right time to move on from the Ravens so I can explore new challenges and opportunities,” Roman said in a statement. “… I will truly miss Baltimore. , but at the same time I’m excited to attack my next opportunity with focus and passion.”

Roman’s most impressive feat was inventing an outside attack around the quarterback Lamar JacksonCreating the most productive offense in the NFL in 2019. But Roman never came close to replicating that unpredictable and dominant attack.

The Ravens’ scoring decreased in Roman’s four seasons as a Baltimore starter, 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 record-setting downfall was his inability to complete a pass game and his questionable play calling in the red zone.

The Ravens’ scoring decreased in Roman’s four seasons as a Baltimore starter, 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 complete a pass game to complete a record-setting run game and his questionable play in the red zone.

“Greg masterminded and led our offense to 26 NFL and franchise historic accomplishments. He established the identity of our offense. We are grateful for Greg’s outstanding work and ability, and we wish him and his wonderful family the best of luck in the future.” Harbaugh said in a statement.

After the Ravens’ 24-17 playoff loss to the Bengals on Sunday, the running back JK Dobbins He complained about not getting a touchdown in the red zone in the second half, specifically on a drive that backup quarterback Tyler Huntley returned 98 yards on a sneak. Baltimore finished 30th in the red zone this season and was 1-for-4 inside the 20-yard line Sunday.

Roman came under increasing scrutiny toward the end of the season when Baltimore struggled without an injured Jackson. The Ravens didn’t score more than 17 points during Jackson’s six-game absence (including the postseason).

It was only last month that someone left hand-written fliers that read “Fire Greg Roman” scattered outside the entrance to the Ravens’ facility. A few weeks before that, 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 out of here, Greg,” shouted one fan.

Baltimore finished this season 16th in passing offense (338.8) — its worst in six seasons — and 28th in passing offense (178.8) in an injury-riddled season. Not this season did Roman have his No. 1 running back (Dobbins), No. 1 wide receiver (Rashod Bateman) and All-Pro left field (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 yards in a season. Baltimore did it in consecutive seasons, which were also Jackson’s only two full seasons (2019 and 2020). Roman compiled the NFL’s best rushing offense ever 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 took off. Over the last two seasons, Jackson threw 33 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions. The Ravens have had the fewest passing yards (194.1) over the last three seasons.

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



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