Head Coach John Harbaugh has promoted Greg Roman from assistant head coach/tight ends coach to offensive coordinator.
Roman replaces Marty Mornhinweg, who has been the team’s offensive coordinator the past three seasons. Mornhinweg was asked to remain on Harbaugh’s staff in a different role, but he decided to move on.
“Increasing Greg’s responsibilities will help us get where we’re going on offense.” Harbaugh said. “His role with our offense has already been significant and substantial. His understanding of the run game we are building - which we saw some of in the second half of the season - and how it integrates with a consistent and big-play passing game is exciting.”
Mornhinweg had been the team’s offensive coordinator since the 2016 season when he replaced Marc Trestman midway through the year. The Ravens finished the 2018 season with the NFL’s ninth-ranked offense.
“We tried to keep Marty, but he has decided to move on, and I respect that,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a really good coach and helped us win the AFC North last season and get close to the playoffs the previous two years.”
In another coaching staff move, Bobby Engram will shift from wide receivers coach to tight ends coach. Engram has been the Ravens' wide receivers coach since 2014. Thomas Hammock, the team’s running backs coach, is reportedly a candidate to become head coach at Northern Illinois University.
The 46-year-old 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 has directed the Ravens’ running game the past two seasons and the ground attack has improved each season. 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.
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 is a change directed at accelerating Jackson’s development, and running an offense tailored to his skill set.