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Ravens OC Greg Roman resigns amid dwindling offense results

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Greg Roman stepped down as offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday amid fan outrage and player frustration.

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

“After visiting the coach [John] Harbaugh and after reuniting 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 a statement. “…I will truly miss Baltimore, but at the same time I’m excited to tackle my next opportunity with focus and passion.”

Roman’s most impressive feat was creating an outside-the-box offense around quarterback Lamar Jackson, producing the NFL’s most prolific offense in 2019. But Roman never came close to replicating that dominant, unpredictable offense.

The Ravens’ scoring has declined in each of Roman’s four seasons as a Baltimore player, 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 mount a passing game to complement a record-breaking running game and his questionable red-zone calling play.

The Ravens’ scoring has declined in each of Roman’s four seasons as a Baltimore player, 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 mount a passing game to complement a record-breaking running game and his questionable play in the red zone.

“Greg has masterminded and led our offense to no less than 26 NFL and franchise historic achievements. He has established an identity for our offense. We are grateful for Greg’s excellent work and skills and wish him and his wonderful family the very best of luck from now on.” forward,” Harbaugh said in a statement.

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

Roman faced increasing scrutiny towards the end of the season as Baltimore struggled without the injured Jackson. The Ravens failed to score more than 17 points at any point in Jackson’s six games away (including the postseason).

It was only last month that someone left makeshift handwritten fliers that read “Fire Greg Roman” strewn outside the entrance to the Ravens’ facility. A few weeks before that, someone had posted a video on Twitter in which fans were shouting obscenities at Roman as he walked from the stadium to his car after the game. “Get the fuck out of here Greg,” shouted one fan.

Baltimore finished this season ranked 16th overall (338.8) – their worst in six seasons – and 28th in offensive offense (178.8) in an injury-plagued season. There wasn’t a single time this season that Roman had his No. 1 running back (Dobbins), No. 1 wide receiver (Rashod Bateman) and All-Pro left tackle (Ronnie Stanley) available in the same game.

Under Roman’s innovative rushing game strategies, the Ravens became the only team in NFL history to produce 3,000+ yards in a season. Baltimore did this in back-to-back seasons, which were also Jackson’s only two full seasons (2019 and 2020). Roman assembled the NFL’s all-time best rushing offense in 2019 as the Ravens rushed for 3,296 yards, the most in a 16-game season in league history.

But Jackson and the passing game never progressed. Over the past two seasons, Jackson has thrown 33 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions. The Ravens totaled the third fewest yards (194.1) over the past three seasons.

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

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