Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman has had a 2019 for the books, from elevating Lamar Jackson to an MVP frontrunner, helping the squad score a new single-season rushing record, and setting a new franchise record for wins going 14-2.
That offensive prowess has caught the attention of another AFC North foe: the Cleveland Browns, who fired head coach Freddie Kitchens after only one season and a 6-10 record.
"It's definitely a part of it. They have, Cleveland has put in the request," head coach John Harbaugh confirmed in his press conference Monday. "We've honored it, which we'll do with all of our guys for head coaching opportunities. That'll be this week, I'm sure, because we have the bye week. That's the only one I'm aware of to this point, I've seen some rumors on other guys. Don and Dave Culley both get mentioned pretty prominently."
"The way you handle it is business as usual," Harbaugh said. "I don't think nowadays guys spend too much time putting together notebooks and preparing for interviews and all that. That's something I think you do, that's who you are. You walk in there and you try to get to know each other. That doesn't take too long. They'll be able to focus 100 percent on preparation, and also take a sliver of time and go do that, whatever is requested of them."
Ravens running back Mark Ingram didn't take to kindly to Schefter's initial report of Cleveland's request.
FAIL 🥴 https://t.co/3yXFls8sUm— Mark Ingram II (@markingram21) December 30, 2019
The Browns are looking for their eighth head coach since the 2009 season. If Roman takes the job, it would be his first head coaching gig.
Roman served as the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills, and previously worked with the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans on various aspects of their offenses.
NBC Sports Washington's Julia Karron contributed to this report.
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