NFL Rumors: Eric Bieniemy, Byron Leftwich, Frank Reich Candidates for Ravens OC Job

Doric SamJanuary 22, 2023

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 26: A detail view of a Baltimore Ravens logo is seen on an equipment bag during a game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens on December 26, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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After parting ways with offensive coordinator Greg Roman last week, the Baltimore Ravens reportedly have a few big names in mind to be his replacement.

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the candidates on the radar for Baltimore include former Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich.

Fowler added that Baltimore wide receivers coach Tee Martin and quarterbacks coach James Urban "could get a look" as the team's top in-house candidates.

Roman stepped down last Thursday after a 2022 season that saw a regression in the once-feared Ravens offense. Baltimore ranked 16th in the NFL with 338.8 total yards per game and 19th with 20.6 points per game. The team's stout rushing attack managed to perform at a high level, ranking second in the league with an average of 160.0 yards.

Reich was fired by the Colts midway through the 2022 season after coaching the team to a 3-5-1 record. He went 40-33-1 overall in his four-plus seasons in Indianapolis, leading the franchise to two playoff appearances in 2018 and 2020. Prior to becoming a head coach, he excelled as an offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles and helped the team win Super Bowl LII.

Bieniemy is a perennial head coaching candidate and is considered one of the top offensive minds in the NFL. The Chiefs put forth another dominant season, leading the league with 413.6 yards per game while star quarterback Patrick Mahomes ranked first with 5,250 passing yards. Kansas City is in the midst of its playoff run and will face the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship next week.

The Bucs fired Leftwich on Thursday after the team averaged just 18.1 points and was bounced from the playoffs by the Dallas Cowboys in the wild-card round. It was just a year ago that Tampa Bay was second in the league with 30.1 points per game.

The hiring of a new offensive coordinator isn't the only top priority on the Ravens' offseason agenda, as they are also hoping to negotiate a new contract for star quarterback Lamar Jackson. Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh said he expects the 26-year-old to be involved in the team's search for an OC.