There is one coach that the New York Jets should pursue to replace Adam Gase — when, what seems to be an inevitable firing, occurs — and that’s current Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
The NFL is an offensive-minded league now, and the Jets should either look towards a special teams coach (known for their experience with both sides of the ball) or find an offensive mastermind.
Greg Roman has been coaching the offensive side of the ball for most of his coaching career.
At the age of 23, Roman entered the NFL as a defensive quality control coach for the Carolina Panthers, a role that is very important in game-planning. They pour over the film to help the defensive coordinator develop a game plan for upcoming opponents. The preparation happens weeks in advance. Frankly, it’s actually a good way to prepare for becoming an offensive coach.
After four seasons, Roman transitioned to the offense in various capacities, serving as an offensive quality control coach, assistant offensive line coach, tight ends coach, and quarterbacks coach. He has spent nine of his last 11 seasons (including 2020) as an offensive coordinator in the NFL, including a trip to the Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers. Roman has devised offenses to perfectly suit the skills of athletic quarterbacks such as Colin Kaepernick and Lamar Jackson.
New York Jets acting owner Christopher Johnson has said current head coach Adam Gase coaches where offenses are going — in actuality, Greg Roman does. Roman is the guy to do what Adam Gase couldn’t with the Jets.
Under Roman, the 49ers and Ravens efficiently moved the ball and didn’t turn the ball over. He’s had a top-five scoring offense in four seasons, and the 2020 Ravens are on their way to giving him his fifth.
It’s time for the New York Jets to enter the 21st Century. There’s no other conclusion; Greg Roman is the right person for the job.