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Ravens’ 3 Best OC Options For 2023

  • Justin Melo
  • January 19, 2023
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The Baltimore Ravens and offensive coordinator Greg Roman have mutually agreed to part ways, according to multiple reports. Baltimore’s season ended with a 24-17 defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals on wild-card weekend. Roman had been Baltimore’s offensive coordinator since 2019.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh will now begin searching for Roman’s replacement. Harbaugh’s criteria may depend on Baltimore’s quarterback plans. Lamar Jackson is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. The Ravens have remained steadfast in their wish to retain Jackson via a long-term contract extension. General manager Eric DeCosta reiterated such intentions on Thursday.

We’ve identified three potential candidates to become Baltimore’s next offensive coordinator.


Current Georgia Bulldogs offensive coordinator Todd Monken is an intriguing name. Monken just won back-to-back College Football Playoff National Championships. Monken is reportedly attracting interest from NFL teams.

Harbaugh has always flashed a willingness to borrow concepts from college football. His current defensive coordinator is Mike Macdonald, who spent the 2021 season as Michigan’s defensive coordinator. Harbaugh isn’t afraid to dip into the college coaching pool.

Monken has previous experience as an NFL offensive coordinator. He’s a veteran option despite currently coaching college football. Monken was the play-caller for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for three seasons (2016-18) and Cleveland Browns (2019). Monken’s 2019 Browns averaged 118.8 rushing yards per contest. He could be an ideal fit for Baltimore’s run-first identity.


Harbaugh could also look to promote from within the organization. Wide receivers coach Tee Martin could be a candidate. Harbaugh has always done a fantastic job hiring and retaining quality coaches. The Ravens promote growth in the workplace. The aforementioned Macdonald initially joined the Ravens as a coaching intern in 2014 before returning as defensive coordinator in 2022. 

Jackson will reportedly be involved in Baltimore’s search for Roman’s replacement. Martin and Jackson have a quality working relationship. Martin showered Jackson with praise after joining Baltimore’s coaching staff.

“Seeing him operate and put our offense together, I have the ultimate respect for his skill set,” Martin said. “He’s only going to get better.”

Martin played quarterback at Tennessee, an experience that allows him to relate to Jackson like few can. He’s never been an NFL coordinator, but he was an offensive coordinator at USC (2016-18) after previously serving as a passing game coordinator at USC (2014-15) and Kentucky (2011). Martin could be due for a promotion.


The Buccaneers officially fired former offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich on Thursday. Bucs head coach Todd Bowles will search for a new play-caller. Leftwich will search for a new job, and he should be on Baltimore’s shortlist of offensive coordinator candidates.

Tampa Bay’s offense struggled in 2022 following a regime change that saw Bowles replace a retiring Bruce Arians. Prior to this season, Leftwich had done an excellent job coordinating the Bucs’ offense for three seasons (2019-21). So much so that Leftwich was viewed as a premier head coaching candidate last offseason. Leftwich didn’t forget how to coach an NFL offense overnight. He deserves a chance to rehabilitate his reputation as a quality play-caller. That chance could arrive in Baltimore.

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