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After four seasons in Baltimore, Greg Roman will not return as the Ravens’ offensive coordinator.

Now, with uncertainty swirling around quarterback Lamar Jackson’s future in Baltimore, head coach John Harbaugh will have to find a new player for the first time since January 2019.

“This is going to be a highly sought-after job,” he said at an end-of-season press conference on Thursday. “This is one of the best football jobs in the world. Everyone is going to want this job, so I’m looking forward to getting started. … Let’s cast a wide net and look far and near. We will find the best candidate for what we are trying to accomplish, and it will be a highly qualified candidate.

Here are eight possible candidates to replace Roman, listed in alphabetical order.

Joe Brady, Buffalo Bills quarterbacks coach

Brady was a rising star when he joined Matt Rhule’s Carolina Panthers staff as an offensive coordinator in 2020. He won the Broyles Award the previous year at LSU, honored as the top assistant coach in college football for his work as a play coordinator Tigers’ passing coach and wide receivers coach. Led by quarterback Joe Burrow and wideouts Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson, LSU went 15-0, won the national title and averaged 48.4 points per game, rolling defenses with a spread offense bolstered by West Coast offensive concepts .

At Carolina, Brady struggled to repeat his success with Teddy Bridgewater, Cam Newton and Sam Darnold. His play-calling inexperience also showed; the Panthers finished 21st in offensive efficiency in 2020, according to Football Outsiders, and were ranked 31st when Brady was fired in December 2021. Bridgewater later criticized Brady and the franchise for how little the offense was prepared for rush situations and red zone.

Brady moved to Buffalo last offseason, where he helped Josh Allen and offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey get over the departure of Brian Daboll. The Bills finished the regular season behind only the Kansas City Chiefs in passing efficiency, according to Football Outsiders, their highest ranking since Allen’s arrival.

Brian Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach

In his 13 years as a play-caller and position coach, Johnson helped develop two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL: Eagles’ Jalen Hurts and Dallas Cowboys star Dak Prescott. Hurts emerged as the league’s Most Valuable Player in his second year working with Johnson, while Prescott, a three-star high school recruit, earned All-Southeastern Conference honors at Mississippi State in his last two years with him.

Johnson also has experience as a coordinator; the 2020 Florida seeding offense he coordinated finished fourth nationally in efficiency, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.

Johnson has already interviewed for offensive coordinator positions. The Green Bay Packers considered him last season, and he’s a contender for the New York Jets. If Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen accepts the head coaching job this offseason, Johnson could also stay and replace him.

Tee Martin or George Godsey, Ravens assistant coaches

Both have familiarity with the Ravens’ offense as well as playing experience — Martin in Southern California and Godsey in the NFL, having served as offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans (2015-16) and co-offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins (2021).

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Martin, who joined the Ravens’ staff as a wide receivers coach in 2021, struggled to sustain his early success at USC over three seasons as coordinator. The Trojans’ offense dropped from 12th in offensive efficiency in 2016, according to ESPN’s FPI, to 24th to 67th.

Godsey, who was hired as tight end coach last offseason, oversaw Texas offenses that finished 25th and 30th in overall efficiency, according to Football Outsiders, from 2015 to 2016. 24th in his year as co-coordinator.

Todd Monken, Georgia Offensive Coordinator

Monken is coming off one of the most dominant displays in bowl history: a 65-7 victory over Texas Christian in the College Football Playoff national title, in which Georgia recorded 589 yards, 32 first downs and nine touchdowns. The Bulldogs finished the season ranked second nationally in offensive efficiency, according to ESPN’s FPI, for the second consecutive year.

Even more impressive, Monken turned Georgia into an offensive powerhouse without overpowering talent. The Bulldogs had two top 100 offensive players from last year’s draft, and they only have three players ranked among ESPN’s top 100 prospects entering this year’s draft. Quarterback Stetson Bennett, the CFP national title Most Valuable Player, is a former announcer who should be a late-round pick.

Monken’s Georgia offenses, like Roman’s in Baltimore, have relied on their talented tight ends and overwhelming rushing games. But before heading to Georgia in 2020, Monken also coordinated productive NFL air strikes that relied heavily on three-wide receiver formations. From 2016 to 2018, Monken’s three seasons as Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator, the Buccaneers never finished 11th in passing efficiency, according to Football Outsiders. And that was with Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick as their main quarterbacks.

Frank Reich, former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts

Reich is in contention for some head coaching spots, having already interviewed with the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers. But the former Maryland star has also emerged as a potential offensive coordinator candidate for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.

Reich served as the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers from 2014 to 2015 and the Philadelphia Eagles from 2016 to 2017. He helped Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz earn second-team All-Pro in just his second season in the NFL, then retained Philadelphia’s offense teamed up with backup Nick Foles during their Super Bowl run.

Reich went 40-33 as Indianapolis’ head coach, leading the Colts to two playoff appearances in more than four seasons, but struggling to produce elite offenses following the retirement of quarterback Andrew Luck. Indianapolis’ offense combined concepts from systems across the league and relied on tight ends and pace to gain advantages against opposing defenses.

Bobby Slowik, passing coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers

Slowik could be the next big name to come off Kyle Shanahan’s training tree. Shanahan doesn’t have an offensive coordinator this season, so he relies on two quasi-coordinators: Slowik for the passing game and Chris Foerster for the running game.

Despite going through three quarterbacks, including seventh-round pick Brock Purdy in the second half of the season, the 49ers finished the year ranked third in the NFL in passing efficiency, according to Football Outsiders.

His passing offense, built around Shanahan’s wide zone scheme and bolstered by perhaps the most talented group of players in the NFL, helps put star players in space after the catch. Jimmy Garoppolo ranks first in the NFL in yards after reception per completion (7.0), according to Pro Football Reference, while Purdy would rank third (6.2).

Bobby Slowik is the son of Bob Slowik, a former defensive coordinator in the NFL. Before joining the 49ers staff in 2017 as a defensive quality control coach, he worked as an analyst for Pro Football Focus.

Matt Weiss, Michigan co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach

Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan program was a testing ground for Mike Macdonald, a former Ravens assistant coach who helped turn the Wolverines’ defense around in 2021 before returning as replacement coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale last year. Now Weiss could also find his way back to Baltimore, where he worked for more than a decade as a back-up staff member and assistant coach.

Weiss shared call-call duties last season with Sherrone Moore, helping guide a Wolverines offense that finished 12th in the Football Bowl subdivision in efficiency, according to ESPN’s FPI. Michigan’s ground game featured elements of the Ravens’ quarterback driven fast offense, including read options and gap scheme concepts.

Weiss, the Ravens’ assistant quarterbacks coach for two seasons, also helped stabilize the Wolverines’ quarterbacks. Cade McNamara earned third-team All-Big Ten honors in 2021, and JJ McCarthy earned second-team all-conference honors as a sophomore last season.

Recent legal troubles could complicate Weiss’ candidacy, however. He has been placed on leave, according to Michigan’s athletic department, while the school’s police department investigates a “report of computer access crimes” that occurred in December at the team’s football facility.

jonas.shaffer@thebaltimorebanner.com