Potential candidates to replace Greg Roman as Ravens offensive coordinator

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

With uncertainty surrounding the future of Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson, coach John Harbaugh must find a new play-caller for the first time since January 2019.

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

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

Joe Brady, Buffalo Bills quarterback coach

Brady was a rising star when he joined Matt Rhule’s Carolina Panthers staff as offensive coordinator in 2020. 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, knocking down the defense with a staggered offense backed by West Coast Attack Concepts.

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

Brady landed at 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 rank since Allen’s arrival.

Brian Johnson, quarterback coach for the Philadelphia Eagles

In his 13 years as a play-caller and position coach, Johnson helped develop two of the NFL’s top quarterbacks: the Eagles’ Jalen Hurts and Dallas Cowboys star Dak Prescott. Hurts emerged as the league leader for most valuable player in his sophomore year with Johnson, while Prescott, a three-star high school recruit, earned Mississippi State All-Southeastern Conference honors in his final two years with him .

Johnson also has experience as a coordinator; the 2020 Florida dispersal attack 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 is reportedly a candidate for the New York Jets’ vacancy. If Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen accepts a head coaching job this offseason, Johnson could also stay and replace him.

Tee Martin or George Godsey, Ravens assistant coaches

Both are familiar with the Ravens’ offense and also have play-calling experience – Martin in Southern California and Godsey in the NFL, who served as the Houston Texans’ offensive coordinator (2015-16) and co-offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins (2021).

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

Godsey, who was hired as tight end coach last season, oversaw the offenses of Texans who finished 25th and 30th in overall efficiency, according to Football Outsiders, from 2015 to 2016. The Dolphins, meanwhile, ranked 24th in its only 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 straight year.

More impressively, Monken’s turned Georgia into an offensive powerhouse without overwhelming talent. The Bulldogs had two offensive players in the top 100 of last year’s draft, and they have only three players in ESPN’s top 100 making it into this year’s draft. Quarterback Stetson Bennett, the CFP National Title Most Valuable Player, is a former walk-on who is expected to be a later round pick.

Monken’s offenses in Georgia, like Roman’s in Baltimore, leaned on their talented tight ends and underwhelming runs. But before leaving for Georgia in 2020, Monken also coordinated prolific NFL airstrikes that relied heavily on three-wide receiver formations. From 2016 to 2018, Monken’s three seasons as Tampa Bay offensive coordinator, the Buccaneers never finished worse than 11th in passing efficiency according to Football Outsiders. And that was with Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick as their best quarterbacks.

Frank Reich, former Indianapolis Colts head coach

Reich is in the mix for a handful of head coaching positions, having already held talks 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 offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers from 2014 to 2015 and for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2016 to 2017. follow with backup Nick Foles during their Super Bowl run.

Reich went 40–33 as Indianapolis head coach and led the Colts to two playoff appearances in over four seasons, but struggled to produce elite offenses following the retirement of quarterback Andrew Luck. The Indianapolis offense combined concepts from league-wide systems and relied on tight targets and pace to gain advantages against the opposing defense.

Bobby Slowik, San Francisco 49ers passing game coordinator

Slowik could be the next big name to come out of Kyle Shanahan’s coaching tree. Shanahan has no offensive coordinator this season, so he relies on two quasi-coordinators: Slowik for the passing game and Chris Foerster for the running game.

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

Their passing offense, built around Shanahan’s wide-zone schedule and backed by arguably the NFL’s most talented group of skill players, helps put playmakers into space after the catch. Jimmy Garoppolo ranks first in the NFL in yards after catch 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 NFL defensive coordinator. 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 cooffensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach

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

Sharing play-calling duties with Sherrone Moore last season, Weiss helped spearhead a Wolverines offense that finished 12th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in efficiency, according to ESPN’s FPI. Michigan’s ground game incorporated elements of the Ravens’ quarterback-driven rushing offense, including read option and gap scheme concepts.

An assistant quarterbacks coach with the Ravens for two seasons, Weiss has also helped keep the Wolverines’ quarterback rooms stable. Cade McNamara earned third-team All-Big Ten honors in 2021, and JJ McCarthy earned second-team all-conference honors as a sophomore this past season.

However, recent legal troubles could complicate Weiss’s candidacy. He has been put on furlough, according to Michigan’s athletic department, because the school’s police department is investigating a “report of crimes related to computer access” that took place in December at the team’s football facility.

jonas.shaffer@thebaltimorebanner.com

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