Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman has spent the past few months focusing on the future and creating creative new ways to free quarterback Lamar Jackson in the NFL. But as Jackson deals with Roman’s present and future, he’s happy to talk about his past and one player in particular.
In a Zoom call with members of the media Tuesday, Roman spoke about having a “great experience” as coach of quarterback Colin Kaepernick and how he “will always support” a player who had his best years under Roman with the San Francisco 49ers. Between 2011-2014. Kaepernick was 32-15-1 as a starter with Roman as his offensive coordinator, completing just over 60% of his passes for 8,415 yards with 50 touchdowns. He also added 1,576 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.
“Colin was a delight to the coach, and I wish him well,” said Roman. “So how’s it going, it goes, and I’m certainly in your corner supporting it.”
Wishing Kaepernick the best, Roman also added that he hoped to have the opportunity to play again in the NFL “if that’s what he chooses to do.”
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the end of the 2016 season, a season in which he protested police violence against blacks kneeling during the national anthem. The Kaepernick cause has gained wide support across the United States in the weeks after George Floyd’s death, and has led such prominent figures as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, talking about how they hope Kaepernick can return to the NFL.
“If he wants to resume his NFL career, then obviously it will take a team to make that decision,” Goodell said on the ESPN “Comeback from Sports” special earlier this month. “But I’m glad about that, supporting a club that makes that decision and encouraging them to do so.”
The Ravens are obviously in the quarterback role with Jackson, but they are one of the team’s experts and punters who have qualified as a good option in recent weeks.