Potential candidates to replace Greg Roman as Ravens offensive coordinator

After 4 seasons in Baltimore, Greg Roman will not return as Ravens offensive coordinator.

Now, with uncertainty swirling round quarterback Lamar Jackson’s future in Baltimore, coach John Harbaugh can have to discover a new play-caller for the primary time since January 2019.

“This goes to be a extremely sought-after job,” he stated at his end-of-season information convention Thursday. “This is without doubt one of the prime soccer jobs on the planet. Everybody’s going to need this job, so I’m trying ahead to getting began. … We’re going to solid a large web, and we’re going to look far and large and shut. We’ll get the most effective match for what we’re attempting to accomplish, and it is going to be a extremely certified candidate.

Here are eight doable 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 employees as offensive coordinator in 2020. He’d received the Broyles Award the 12 months earlier than at LSU, honored as school soccer’s prime assistant coach for his work as the Tigers’ passing recreation coordinator and large receivers coach. Led by quarterback Joe Burrow and wideouts Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson, LSU went 15-0, received the nationwide title and averaged 48.4 factors per recreation, rolling over defenses with a selection assault bolstered by West Coast offense ideas.

In Carolina, Brady struggled to replicate his success with Teddy Bridgewater, Cam Newton and Sam Darnold. His play-calling inexperience additionally confirmed; the Panthers completed twenty first in offensive effectivity in 2020, in accordance to Football Outsiders, and have been thirty first when Brady was fired in December 2021. Bridgewater later criticized Brady and the franchise for a way little the offense ready for rush-up and red-zone conditions.

Brady landed final offseason in Buffalo, the place he helped Josh Allen and offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey overcome the departure of Brian Daboll. The Bills completed the common season behind solely the Kansas City Chiefs in passing effectivity, in accordance to Football Outsiders, their highest rank since Allen’s arrival.

Brian Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach

In his 13 years as a play-caller and place coach, Johnson has helped develop two of the NFL’s finest quarterbacks: the Eagles’ Jalen Hurts and Dallas Cowboys star Dak Prescott. Hurts emerged as a league Most Valuable Player front-runner in his second 12 months working with Johnson, whereas Prescott, a three-star recruit in highschool, earned All-Southeastern Conference honors at Mississippi State in his last two years with him.

Johnson additionally has expertise as a coordinator; The 2020 Florida unfold offense he coordinated completed fourth nationally in effectivity, in accordance to ESPN’s Football Power Index.

Johnson has already interviewed for offensive coordinator positions. The Green Bay Packers thought of him final season, and he is reportedly a candidate for the New York Jets’ emptiness. If Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen accepts a head teaching job this offseason, Johnson may additionally keep and replace him.

Tee Martin or George Godsey, Ravens assistant coaches

Both have a familiarity with the Ravens’ offense as properly as play-calling expertise — Martin at Southern California and Godsey within the NFL, having served as offensive coordinator of the Houston Texans (2015-16) and co-offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins (2021).

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Martin, who joined the Ravens’ employees as large receivers coach in 2021, struggled to maintain his early success at USC over three seasons as coordinator. The Trojans’ offense fell from twelfth in offensive effectivity in 2016, in accordance to ESPN’s FPI, to twenty fourth to 67th.

Godsey, who was employed as tight ends coach final offseason, oversaw Texans offenses that completed twenty fifth and thirtieth in total effectivity, in accordance to Football Outsiders, from 2015 to 2016. The Dolphins, in the meantime, ranked twenty fourth in his one 12 months as co-coordinator.

Todd Monken, Georgia offensive coordinator

Monken is coming off one of the vital dominant showings in bowl historical past: a 65-7 win over Texas Christian within the College Football Playoff nationwide title through which Georgia recorded 589 yards, 32 first downs and 9 touchdowns. The Bulldogs completed the season ranked second nationally in offensive effectivity, in accordance to ESPN’s FPI, for the second straight 12 months.

Even extra spectacular, Monken’s turned Georgia into an offensive powerhouse with out overpowering expertise. The Bulldogs had two offensive gamers taken within the prime 100 of final 12 months’s draft, they usually have solely three gamers ranked amongst ESPN’s prime 100 prospects getting into this 12 months’s draft. Quarterback Stetson Bennett, the Most Valuable Player of the CFP nationwide title, is a former walk-on who’s anticipated to be a later-round choose.

Monken’s Georgia offenses, like Roman’s in Baltimore, have leaned on their gifted tight ends and overpowering working video games. But earlier than heading to Georgia in 2020, Monken additionally coordinated productive NFL aerial assaults that relied closely on three-wide-receiver formations. From 2016 to 2018, Monken’s three seasons as Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator, the Buccaneers by no means completed worse than eleventh in passing effectivity, in accordance to Football Outsiders. And that was with Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick as their prime quarterbacks.

Frank Reich, former Indianapolis Colts head coach

Reich is within the combine for a handful of head teaching vacancies, having already interviewed with the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers. But the previous Maryland star has additionally emerged as a possible offensive coordinator candidate for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.

Reich served as offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers from 2014 to 2015 and of the Philadelphia Eagles from 2016 to 2017. He helped Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz earn second-team All-Pro honors in solely his second NFL season, then stored Philadelphia’s offense on observe with backup Nick Foles by their Super Bowl run.

Reich went 40-33 as Indianapolis’ head coach, main the Colts to two playoff appearances in four-plus seasons however struggling to produce elite offenses after the retirement of quarterback Andrew Luck. Indianapolis’ offense blended ideas from methods throughout the league and relied on tight ends and tempo to achieve benefits in opposition to opposing defenses.

Bobby Slowik, San Francisco 49ers passing recreation coordinator

Slowik might be the following huge identify to come out of the Kyle Shanahan teaching tree. Shanahan does not have an offensive coordinator this season, so he depends on two quasi-coordinators: Slowik for the passing recreation, and Chris Foerster for the working recreation.

Despite biking by three quarterbacks, together with seventh-round choose Brock Purdy over the second half of the season, the 49ers completed the 12 months ranked third within the NFL in passing effectivity, in accordance to Football Outsiders.

Their passing offense, constructed round Shanahan’s wide-zone scheme and bolstered by maybe the NFL’s most gifted group of talent gamers, helps put playmakers in house after the catch. Jimmy Garoppolo ranks first within the NFL in yards after the catch per completion (7.0), in accordance to Pro Football Reference, whereas Purdy would rank third (6.2).

Bobby Slowik is the son of Bob Slowik, a former NFL defensive coordinator. Before becoming a member of the 49ers’ employees in 2017 as a defensive quality-control coach, he labored as an analyst for Pro Football Focus.

Matt Weiss, Michigan co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach

Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan program was a proving floor for Mike Macdonald, a former Ravens assistant coach who helped flip across the Wolverines’ protection in 2021 earlier than returning as coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale’s alternative final 12 months. Now Weiss may discover his means again to Baltimore, too, the place he labored for over a decade as a assist employees member and assistant coach.

Weiss shared play-calling duties final season with Sherrone Moore, serving to to information a Wolverines offense that completed twelfth within the Football Bowl Subdivision in effectivity, in accordance to ESPN’s FPI. Michigan’s floor recreation featured parts of the Ravens’ quarterback-driven speeding assault, together with read-option and hole scheme ideas.

Weiss, an assistant quarterbacks coach with the Ravens for 2 seasons, has additionally helped stabilize the Wolverines’ quarterback room. Cade McNamara earned third-team All-Big Ten honors in 2021, and JJ McCarthy earned second-team all-conference honors as a sophomore this previous season.

Recent authorized troubles may complicate Weiss’ candidacy, although. He’s been positioned on go away, in accordance to Michigan’s athletic division, as the varsity’s police division investigates a “report of laptop entry crimes” that occurred in December on the workforce’s soccer facility.

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