Q&A with Stanford Assistant Coach Greg Roman

Dave FowkesContributor IMay 18, 2009

STANFORD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Fans of the Stanford Cardinal look on against the San Jose State Spartans at Stanford Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Stanford football has a new assistant coach for the 2009 season. Greg Roman has arrived on the farm where he is coaching tackles and tight ends and will serve as the running-game coordinator.

Before coming to Stanford, Roman spent 13 seasons in the NFL with his last being in Baltimore as an assistant offensive line coach for the Ravens in 2007.
Coach Roman was kind in talking about Stanford football. I now deliver the Q&A format to you so you can read what Coach Roman had to say about the running game, tight ends, offensive line and recruiting.
Q: Welcome to the Bay Area. How is the adjustment from the east coast for you and your family?
A: Very smooth. This place (Palo Alto) is kind of like Shangri-La. Wake up every day and walk outside, and it is a beautiful day. I can see why people fall in love with this place. It is going well. My family got out here in March, [and] everything is great.
Q: You spent 13 years as an NFL assistant; now you are in college. Why the decision to move from the NFL to college?
A: A lot of reasons, but it wasn’t a decision to just go into the college ranks it was a decision to go to Stanford if that makes sense.
Q: You have three different hats. You coach tackles, tight ends and you are the run game coordinator. Seems like you might be kind of busy?
A: It is great because I get to be involved in a lot of different areas with a lot of coaches. Coach Tim Drevno, who is an outstanding coach, coaches the offensive line and specifically the centers and guards.
But, there are the times he will take the tackles too. There are times when I will take the right side, and he’ll take the left side. There are times I’ll take the tight ends and he’ll take the entire line. There are times I will meet with everyone involved in the running game.
It gives us a lot of flexibility. I think it works out really well that way because it allows us to maximize our teaching. A lot of times I have been in situations where there are 15 offensive linemen and just one person teaching and it is a 15:1 ratio. So we are trying to split that down to a 7:1 ratio.
What it allows us to do is to spend a little more time individually on the line. As far as the run game goes, I have yet to meet the person that has all the answers. I have been around a lot of great ones, but the staff we have here has a lot of great ideas. Starting with Coach Harbaugh, Drevno, Willie Taggart, and David Shaw, I look for their input all the time. That way, we get a lot of varied experience. It is just such a great thing to draw on. So I am going to draw on it.
I am sure I will help build a consensus as we make a decision on what plays we are going to run and how we are going to run them, and when we are going to run them, but the whole process is all of us doing it together.