In the Ravens’ end-of-season news conference Thursday, just hours after the team announced that offensive coordinator Greg Roman will not return after four seasons, coach John Harbaugh made it clear the latest opening on his staff is going to attract plenty of attention.
“This is going to be a highly sought-after job,” said Harbaugh, who noted he will consider both internal and external candidates and consult with star quarterback Lamar Jackson. “This is one of the top football-coaching jobs in the world. Everybody’s going to want this job.”
The Ravens are going to face some stiff competition. With Roman departing, there are now 10 NFL teams searching for a new offensive coordinator — but Baltimore hopes it will be the one with the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player.
As the Ravens begin their search, here’s a look at 10 potential candidates to replace Roman:
Tight ends coach George Godsey: A former quarterback at Georgia Tech, Godsey, 44, has been coaching in the NFL since becoming a Patriots offensive assistant under coach Bill Belichick in 2011. He served two seasons as Texans offensive coordinator under coach Bill O’Brien from 2015 to 2016 and later became co-offensive coordinator for the Dolphins in 2021 under coach Brian Flores, whom he worked with in New England.
Wide receivers coach Tee Martin: The former star quarterback at Tennessee has been coaching since 2006, including the last two years with the Ravens. A longtime college assistant, Martin, 44, has play-calling experience at Southern California, where he served as offensive coordinator from 2016 to 2018 under head coach Clay Helton.
Quarterbacks coach James Urban: A former wide receiver and kick returner at Washington and Lee, Urban, 49, was hired as quarterbacks coach just a few months before the Ravens drafted Jackson in the first round. He previously served as wide receivers coach for the Bengals from 2011 to 2017 and spent six years on the Eagles’ staff in various roles, but has never called plays.
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Former Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich: A former star quarterback at Marshall and nine-year NFL veteran, Leftwich, 43, was fired earlier this week after Tampa Bay’s 31-14 loss to the Cowboys in the NFC wild-card round. After starting his coaching career as an intern with the Cardinals in 2016, he followed coach Bruce Arians to Tampa Bay, where he served four seasons as offensive coordinator and won Super Bowl LV in 2020 with quarterback Tom Brady.
Former Colts head coach Frank Reich: The former Maryland and NFL quarterback went 40-33-1 with two playoff appearances in four-plus seasons in Indianapolis before being fired Nov. 7. He led the Colts to a 10-6 record and the divisional round in his first season in 2018, but star quarterback Andrew Luck suddenly retired just weeks before the following campaign, leading to a revolving door at the position that featured Jacoby Brissett, Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz and Matt Ryan. Reich, 61, previously served as Eagles offensive coordinator under coach Doug Pederson, helping Philadelphia win Super Bowl LII in 2017 with backup quarterback Nick Foles.
Bills quarterbacks coach Joe Brady: The former wide receiver at William & Mary experienced a meteoric rise in 2019, when he served as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach at LSU and helped quarterback Joe Burrow and the Tigers win the national championship behind a record-setting offense. After being named the Broyles Award winner as the top college assistant, Brady, 33, spent less than two seasons as Panthers offensive coordinator under coach Matt Rhule before being fired and catching on in Buffalo under Sean McDermott.
Rams tight ends coach/assistant head coach Thomas Brown: The former Georgia and NFL running back has worked under Rams coach Sean McVay for three seasons — first as running backs coach in 2020, then assistant head coach during the team’s run to a Super Bowl title in 2021 and then tight ends coach this past season. Brown, 36, also served as offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Miami (Fla.) from 2016 to 2018 under coach Mark Richt.
Eagles quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson: A former star quarterback at Utah, Johnson, 35, is enjoying a standout first season in the NFL after a decade as a college assistant. After serving as offensive coordinator at Utah, Houston and Florida, he was hired as quarterbacks coach by Nick Sirianni in Philadelphia, where he’s helped dual-threat star Jalen Hurts become an MVP candidate in his second full season as the starter.
Chiefs senior assistant/quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy: After going 34-31 in four seasons as the head coach of the Bears, Nagy returned to Kansas City to serve under coach Andy Reid, who gave both him and Harbaugh their first NFL coaching opportunities. Nagy, 44, previously served as Chiefs offensive coordinator in 2016 and 2017.
49ers passing game coordinator Bobby Slowik: The former Michigan Tech wide receiver and son of a former NFL defensive coordinator, Slowik has become the latest in a long line of assistants under coach Kyle Shanahan to earn attention. After serving as a defensive assistant in Washington and later an analyst for Pro Football Focus, Slowik, 35, rose to become passing game coordinator in San Francisco alongside running game coordinator Chris Foerster.