Nick Saban hiring former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman to replace Bill O’Brien would be brilliant for Alabama QB Jalen Milroe’s growth and development as an SEC quarterback.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban needs to replace Bill O’Brien, but one outside-the-box hire could be the best thing to ever happen to Jalen Milroe.
With Bryce Young having turned pro, it will be Milroe’s time to shine in Tuscaloosa. Last season, we saw flashes of something potentially special in Milroe. Young may be more of a pocket passer who can run, but Milroe’s legs are perhaps an even bigger part of his overall game. This is where former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman makes a ton of sense as O’Brien’s successor.
Roman is closely associated with The Harbaugh Brothers, but has coached up Colin Kaepernick, Tyrod Taylor and most notably Lamar Jackson since leaving Stanford for the NFL back in 2011.
If anybody can get the most out of Milroe’s dual-threat playmaking abilities, Roman is the guy.
Alabama: Why Greg Roman could be the one to get the absolute most out of Jalen Milroe
No doubt about it. What Roman did schematically in the NFL works very well. He used his quarterbacks’ skill sets to their advantage. While there are some limitations to having an overly mobile quarterback, Roman is not going to have a hard time recruiting dual-threat playmakers to Tuscaloosa if he gets the job. Just look at what Kaepernick, Taylor and Jackson did as professionals.
Where hiring Roman serves Milroe, as well as the Alabama offense, is this. Roman will simplify the game by putting the ball into the hands of playmakers in space. More importantly, Alabama could be on the cutting edge of a ground-centric renaissance in the SEC. Now, why would they want to do that when the rest of college football loves to pass? Did you see Alabama’s receivers last year?
Look. Milroe is probably not going to eclipse what Young did at quarterback before him, but he can have similar success under center like former Crimson Tide greats A.J. McCarron, Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa did. It looked different for all three, but Roman’s scheme probably resembles what Hurts was coming out of high school. Because Saban has seen this before, he could be on board.
Ultimately, Alabama needs to get more dynamic offensively. Milroe cannot do everything like Young did before him. This is why the elite combination of run, scheme and speed could work wonders in Tuscaloosa. It is all about making life difficult for other SEC-contending teams like Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee by having them constantly guessing over on defense.
Saban needs to put Milroe in a great position to succeed, so aligning him with Roman is intriguing.