Former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman has found himself a new job. Roman served as the Baltimore Ravens tight ends coach and assistant head coach last season, and will now serve as offensive coordinator. He replaces Marty Mornhinweg, the team’s OC for the past three seasons.
The move comes as the franchise moves on from veteran quarterback Joe Flacco to rising second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson. Naturally, this move has everybody talking about Roman’s work with Colin Kaepernick from 2011 to 2014. And naturally, 49ers fans are jumping in with the Super Bowl jokes.
There were frustrations about Roman’s offense, prior to the Super Bowl the most notable being how often they had to use timeouts to avoid delay of game penalties. But there were positives as well with the 49ers developing a dynamic rushing attack under Roman.
The transition from Alex Smith to Kaepernick will be analyzed to death as the Ravens have made their own transition from Flacco to Jackson. The four quarterbacks all bring different tools to the game, with their own strengths and weaknesses, but it’s an easy narrative to jump on.
Jackson had his issues this year, but the raw natural talent is undeniable. His accuracy was inconsistent, but he could make plenty of big throws to go along with his incredible running abilities. Quarterbacks coach James Urban is expected to remain in place. Prior to joining the Ravens this past season, he worked with Andy Dalton in Cincinnati for seven seasons, and before that he worked with Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia.