Ravens OC Greg Roman resigns amid offense’s declining results

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Greg Roman has determined to step down because the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive coordinator Thursday amid fan outrage and participant frustration.

Roman had one yr remaining on his deal, which was believed to be a workforce possibility.

“After visiting with Coach [John] Harbaugh and after huddling with my household, I’ve determined that now could be the best time to maneuver on from the Ravens in order that I can discover new challenges and alternatives,” Roman mentioned in a press release. “… I’ll actually miss Baltimore , however on the similar time I’m excited to assault my subsequent alternative with focus and keenness.”

Roman’s most spectacular feat was devising an outside-the-box offense round quarterback Lamar Jackson, producing the NFL’s most prolific offense in 2019. But Roman by no means got here near replicating that unpredictable and dominant assault.

The Ravens’ scoring had decreased in every of Roman’s 4 seasons as Baltimore’s playcaller, from an NFL-best 33.2 factors per sport in 2019 to twenty.6 factors per sport in 2022 (nineteenth within the league). Roman’s downfall was the lack to place collectively a passing sport to enrich a record-setting run sport and his questionable playcalling within the pink zone.

“Greg devised and led our offense to no fewer than 26 historic NFL and franchise achievements. He established an identification for our offense. We are grateful for Greg’s nice work and skills, and we want him and his fantastic household the utmost happiness going ahead, Harbaugh mentioned in a press release.

After the Ravens’ 24-17 playoff loss on the Bengals on Sunday, working again JK Dobbins complained about not getting any touches within the pink zone within the second half, particularly on the drive when backup quarterback Tyler Huntley’s fumble on a sneak was returned 98 yards for a landing. Baltimore completed thirtieth within the pink zone this season and was 1-of-4 contained in the 20-yard line Sunday.

Roman confronted mounting scrutiny in the direction of the top of the season, when Baltimore struggled with out the injured Jackson. The Ravens failed to attain greater than 17 factors at any level in Jackson’s six-game absence (together with within the postseason).

It was solely final month that somebody left handwritten flyers that learn “Fire Greg Roman” scattered simply outdoors the doorway of the Ravens’ facility. Just a few weeks earlier than this, somebody posted a video on Twitter through which followers have been shouting obscenities at Roman whereas he walked from the stadium to his automobile after the sport. “Get the f— out of right here, Greg,” one fan shouted.

Baltimore completed this season ranked sixteenth in common general offensive yards (338.8) — its worst in six seasons — and twenty eighth in passing offense (178.8) in an injury-filled season. There wasn’t one time this season that Roman had his No. 1 working again (Dobbins), No. 1 extensive receiver (Rashod Bateman) and All-Pro left sort out (Ronnie Stanley) obtainable in the identical sport.

Under Roman’s revolutionary run sport methods, the Ravens turned the one workforce in NFL historical past to provide greater than 3,000 yards dashing in a season. Baltimore did it in back-to-back seasons, which have been additionally Jackson’s solely two full seasons (2019 and 2020). Roman put collectively the NFL’s finest all-time dashing assault in 2019, when the Ravens ran for 3,296 yards, essentially the most in a 16-game season in league historical past.

But Jackson and the passing sport by no means progressed. Over the previous two seasons, Jackson threw 33 landing passes and 20 interceptions. The Ravens totaled the third-fewest passing yards (194.1) prior to now three seasons.

Entering his sixteenth NFL season, Ravens coach John Harbaugh will search for his seventh offensive coordinator. His earlier ones have been Cam Cameron, Jim Caldwell, Gary Kubiak, Marc Trestman, Marty Mornhinweg and Roman.

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