In the final installment of my series of candidates to replace Andy Reid as the Philadelphia Eagles next head coach, I take a look at a South Jersey native, Greg Roman. Roman is in his second season as the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator and has spent 15 seasons in the NFL as an offensive assistant coach. He also spent three seasons at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh as an offensive assistant as well.
Roman has made a name himself with his work with the running game, the offensive line and his ability to properly utilize the tight ends. He is a genius at designing blocking schemes and helped the 49ers finish 8th in rushing offense last season and 4th this season.
Roman is an attractive hire because of what is already hire in Philadelphia. He could do wonders with a healthy Eagles line that would consist of Jason Peters, Jason Kelce, Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans. He could turn that group into an elite unit (along with either a top notch rookie or someone in house with potential like Dennis Kelly or Danny Watkins).
Roman could also do wonders with LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and Dion Lewis at the running back position. He could also do wonders with Brent Celek and Clay Harbor at tight end. He has been a whiz at designing great blocking schemes for his offensive line and getting the most out of his running game. He did at in Carolina in the late 90s, he started to do it for Houston in the early 2000s, he did it for Stanford and now he is doing at for the 49ers.
Andy Reid has not been a fan of the running game, which has been frustrating for a franchise that has usually had two solid running backs on the roster during his tenure. Roman is the anti-Reid. He utilizes the running game. That doesn’t mean he is going to run an offense similar to the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ of the late 90s. It just means he is going to establish the running game early and open things up for the passing game.
At this point, Eagles fans are dying for a coach who still believes in the running game. That coach is Greg Roman and he should get some serious consideration from Jeffrey Lurie before the he makes his hire. An early playoff exit might actually help his chances. Will the Eagles wait until after the Super Bowl to hire their next head coach?