Former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman will be joining the Baltimore Ravens’ coaching staff, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.
According to Schefter, Roman’s exact role is still being determined, however, move is expected to help the Ravens lacking ground game.
Roman, who was fired as Bills offensive coordinator after two games in 2016, has overseen some of the NFL’s most successful running games in recent years. In Roman’s five full seasons as an NFL coordinator, his rushing attacks have all ranked in the top eight in the NFL, including No. 1 in 2015.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said the team would rededicate itself to the ground game in 2017 after setting franchise records for fewest rush attempts in each of the past two seasons. With Terrance West and rookie Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore averaged 91.4 rushing yards per game last season, the second-worst average in the team’s 21-year existence.
This will be Roman’s second stint with the Ravens. He was an assistant offensive line coach in Baltimore in 2006 and 2007 under Brian Billick.
Roman was also the offensive coordinator under Harbaugh’s brother, Jim, with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2014.
With Roman running the offense, the 49ers offense consistently ranked among the best at running the ball: eighth (2011), fourth (2012), third (2013) and fourth (2014). Frank Gore gained over 1,100 rushing yards in each of his four seasons under Roman and totaled 29 touchdowns.
In his first season with the Bills, Roman was the playcaller for the NFL’s top-ranked ground game, which averaged 152 yards per game and scored 19 touchdowns. LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams combined for 1,412 rushing yards and 11 runs over 20 yards.