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Greg Roman Promoted to Offensive Coordinator

Head Coach John Harbaugh has promoted Greg Roman from assistant head coach/tight ends coach to offensive coordinator, per The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec and others.

Roman would replace Marty Mornhinweg, who has been the team’s offensive coordinator the past three seasons. Mornhinweg has reportedly been asked to remain on Harbaugh’s staff in a different role.

Roman’s promotion could be part of a possible restructuring of the offensive coaching staff under Harbaugh. Thomas Hammock, the team’s running backs coach, is reportedly a candidate to become head coach at Northern Illinois University.

Roman joined the Ravens coaching staff in 2017, and he has been an NFL offensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills (2015-16) and San Francisco 49ers (2011-14). Roman was a 49ers assistant under Harbaugh’s brother, Jim Harbaugh, when the 49ers changed starting quarterbacks from Alex Smith to a more run-based offense with Colin Kaepernick as the starter.

Baltimore made a similar change in quarterback styles this season from Joe Flacco to Lamar Jackson, and the Ravens ran some of the same blocking schemes for Jackson that the 49ers used for Kaepernick. Having Roman assume the role of offensive coordinator would be another change directed at accelerating Jackson’s development, and running an offense tailored to his skill set.

The Ravens finished the season ranked No. 9 in total offense with an average of 374.9 yards per game. Baltimore’s rushing attack, which was largely coordinated by Roman, carried it to the AFC North crown and finished No. 2 in the NFL with 152.6 yards per game. It was tops in the league, by a wide margin, after Jackson took over as the starter.

Roman has directed the Ravens’ running game the past two seasons and the ground attack has improved each year. Baltimore moved from 28th in the NFL in rushing in 2016, to 11th in rushing in 2017, to second in the league in rushing this season.

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