The Browns on Thursday are interviewing Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman for the team's head coach opening.
Roman, who called the plays for one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history this season, is the second candidate to interview. Former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy interviewed earlier in the day Thursday at the team's headquarters in Berea.
Under Roman's watch this season, Baltimore led the league in scoring offense with 33.2 points per game and ranked second in total offense (407.6 yards per game). Most notable, though, was how the Ravens did it, as they became the first team in league history to average more than 200 yards passing and 200 yards rushing per game. The Ravens' average of 206 rushing yards per game was nearly 62 yards better than the second-best team (San Francisco), and the team's total of 3,296 for the season broke an NFL record that had stood for 41 years. In just his second NFL season, Lamar Jackson set the league record for rushing yards by a quarterback (1,206) while also leading the league in touchdown passes (36).
Roman, 47, took over as Baltimore's offensive coordinator in January 2019 following a stint as the team's tight ends coach, but it wasn't his first time holding the position. He was San Francisco's offensive coordinator from 2011-14 and Buffalo's from 2015-16. With the 49ers, Roman was part of a team that advanced to three consecutive NFC Championships and appeared in a Super Bowl. In 2011, the 49ers tied a league record for the fewest turnovers in a season (10). In Buffalo, Roman helped turn around a rushing attack that ranked 25th the year before he started into the league's best.
Roman grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and attended Cleveland's John Carroll University, where he was a two-year starting defensive lineman. He broke into the NFL in 1995 as an offensive line assistant with the Carolina Panthers and has also worked with the Houston Texans and Stanford University as a position coach.
Greg Roman - Ravens offensive coordinator
Hometown: Atlantic City, New Jersey
College: John Carroll
NFL Experience: 22 years