The Baltimore Ravens offseason, the road to try and redeem themselves from the 4th-and-12 disaster, started on Thursday when head coach John Harbaugh said that most of the coaching staff would be retained. That included offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. One of the biggest question marks when it comes to the coaches was the status of Greg Roman.
Roman was brought in last offseason to help the offense as an assistant and tight ends coach. Most of all, he was brought in to help revamp a Ravens running game that had been non-existent for the past two years since the departure of Gary Kubiak. The rushing attack was vastly improved this season thanks to the emergence of Alex Collins and Javorius Allen.
Roman was on a one-year deal and reports circulated that he was looking for other opportunities. Including a report that he was going to be on his way to Michigan to join Jim Harbaugh. However, Alex Marvez of Sporting News has reported on Friday that the Ravens have retained Greg Roman, and he will be an assistant head coach.
This is a great move by the Ravens to retain Roman. Not only did Baltimore keep a coach who helped the team get back to what they should be on offense, it keeps the pressure on Mornhinweg to perform heading into next season. Both Roman and Mornhinweg deserve credit for the offense's improvement throughout the last two months of the season.
Baltimore finished 11th in the NFL with 1,856 rushing yards, thanks in large part to Collins. With Roman reportedly back in the fold, and the returns of Marshal Yanda and Alex Lewis, the Ravens rushing attack now has a chance to be even better in 2018.
Update: 1:18 pm ET
The Ravens have confirmed this report. It is now official, Greg Roman will return to Baltimore as an Assistant Head Coach.