John Harbaugh Shares Touching Message After Ravens Fire Greg Roman

Tyler Maher
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh released an emotional statement after Greg Roman's departure.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh released an emotional statement after Greg Roman's departure. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

This offseason is shaping up to be a big one for the Baltimore Ravens. Not only do they need to make a decision on Lamar Jackson's contract situation, but they also need to find a new offensive coordinator after parting ways with Greg Roman.

The team announced on Thursday that Roman will not be returning in 2023. Head coach John Harbaugh followed up by releasing an emotional statement.

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Harbaugh praised Roman's work on and off the field, citing his record-setting accomplishments with the Ravens and thanking him for his immense contributions to the organization.

Roman worked alongside Harbaugh for six years, serving as Baltimore's offensive coordinator for the last four of them. His first season in that role (2019) was his most successful, as he tailored the Ravens' offense around quarterback Lamar Jackson's unique skill set. Jackson promptly won the MVP that year in his first full season, propelling Baltimore to a 14-2 record and the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

Unfortunately for Roman, his run-heavy offense had its limitations, especially in the playoffs. The Ravens never advanced past the Divisional Round during his tenure and Baltimore's offensive weaknesses were exposed when Jackson missed considerable time with injuries during the last two seasons. Roman was heavily criticized for the Ravens' latest postseason loss last week when a crucial play call on the goal line backfired spectacularly, resulting in a backbreaking 98-yard touchdown on a fumble recovery by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Without Roman and potentially without Jackson as well, Baltimore faces a ton of uncertainty heading into 2023. Will the Ravens find someone else who can take their offense to the next level? Or will they completely scrap Roman's scheme and design a new one from scratch? The organization has reached a crossroads, and now it needs to decide which way it wants to go.

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