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Report: Vikings, Redskins reach out to Greg Roman

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Coaches whose teams played in the Wild Card round can interview for head coaching jobs this week and it looks like the Redskins and Vikings are adding one to their lists of candidates.

Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that both of those teams have reached out to the 49ers about interviewing offensive coordinator Greg Roman and that there “could be” interviews coming with both of those teams. Roman couldn’t be hired until after the 49ers are done playing and could opt to wait until then to take any interviews, assuming, of course, that there are still jobs to interview for at that point.

Roman has spent the last three years running San Francisco’s offense and was on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Stanford before making the move with the head coach to the NFL. He helped transition from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick at quarterback last season and has gotten the 49ers offense back on track this year after it fell into the doldrums in the middle of the season.

Washington and Minnesota have both built sizable lists of potential hires over the last week with both teams focused on NFL coordinators looking to take the next step up the ladder.

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36 Responses to “Report: Vikings, Redskins reach out to Greg Roman”
  1. elliottcovert says: Jan 6, 2014 11:46 AM

    Does anyone else think that Greg Roman looks a lot like Mike McCarthy?

  2. oldbyrd says: Jan 6, 2014 11:47 AM

    If the Redskins get Roman, maybe they can change the name to The Romans…..LOL LOL Just a joke Redskin Fans.

  3. andre504 says: Jan 6, 2014 11:48 AM

    Greg has done a okay job as the offensive coordinator but has become a bit predicable over the past 2 years. I can speak for most 49ers fans when I say that we would not miss him. If he leaves, best wishes to him.

  4. stealthjunk says: Jan 6, 2014 11:49 AM

    Meh.

  5. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 6, 2014 11:50 AM

    This is who my dumbass Raiders need to reach out to.

  6. babyjesus69 says: Jan 6, 2014 11:50 AM

    Greg Roman with RG3 makes sense after working with Kaep but why would he want that circus in Washington? Especially with RG3 maybe a permanently damaged product.

    I like him in Minnesota. He could add a few years to AP’s career.

  7. asimonetti88 says: Jan 6, 2014 11:56 AM

    Don’t get me wrong, Roman has done a good job as OC but I don’t think he is irreplaceable on the 49ers. I would be more concerned with Vic Fangio leaving than Roman.

  8. niners816 says: Jan 6, 2014 11:56 AM

    As a Niners fan, take him!! Roman is terrible and is too predictable. Please take him!!

  9. nyninerfan says: Jan 6, 2014 11:59 AM

    Please, please, please take him.

  10. MichaelEdits says: Jan 6, 2014 11:59 AM

    Washington reaches out to Greg Roman, who promptly bursts into laughter.

  11. ajpnsf says: Jan 6, 2014 12:01 PM

    Yes Lord, please let them hire Greg Roman. Anyone.

    Dear Lord, bring back Norv Turner.

  12. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jan 6, 2014 12:03 PM

    Roman is WAYYYYYYY too smart to go to work for either one of these lost franchises

  13. goldrush36 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:04 PM

    The guy is an offensive genius and very creative but sometimes he is far too predictable with his play calling. Can’t say it would be a bad hire for either team, but it’s Harbaugh’s system not Roman’s so I don’t think too many Niner fans would lose sleep either

  14. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:04 PM

    The Vikings seem like a good fit for Roman, as he’s been able to solve the Packers defense.

  15. valhallarising says: Jan 6, 2014 12:17 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:04 PM

    “The Vikings seem like a good fit for Roman, as he’s been able to solve the Packers defense.”

    It is freezing outside and I actually agree with you filthy. Has Hell frozen over?

  16. cartoonmike1mikemob says: Jan 6, 2014 12:18 PM

    Greg

    Greg roman is awesome. Niners would be better of with him. Come on people get real

  17. tokyosandb1aster says: Jan 6, 2014 12:28 PM

    My little sister could solve the Packers defense.

  18. lurch61 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:32 PM

    asimonetti88 says:
    Jan 6, 2014 11:56 AM
    Don’t get me wrong, Roman has done a good job as OC but I don’t think he is irreplaceable on the 49ers. I would be more concerned with Vic Fangio leaving than Roman.
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    TOTALLY agree with this post!

  19. goldrush36 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:34 PM

    I like apjnsf’s idea. Give Roman the shot he deserves. Bring back Turner. Turner is more proficient with pass scheming. A lot of the reason for the production issues were scheme and formation related. Less than 5 designed plays for McDonald all year. 2 attempts to get Baldwin down field.. A handful of screens all year despite having 3 very capable backs. I think he can be a solid coach because he puts together good game plans. Its when he strays from em that gets you in a bind

  20. braceyourselffor12 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:36 PM

    If you take him we’ll throw in a large pizza and 12 pack of Anchor Steam!

  21. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 6, 2014 12:46 PM

    I was pretty impressed with the way he changed the 49ers offense completely when they went from Smith to Kaepernick. I like coaches who adjust their system to their talent rather than the other way around. That would be especially important for the Vikings, who don’t know if their quarterback is going to be Derek Carr or Johnny Football.

  22. jayniner says: Jan 6, 2014 1:11 PM

    He helped get the Niners to the NFC Championship game, the Super Bowl and now past the wild card round and possibly another Super Bowl appearance.

    I don’t think he’s done that bad the past 3 seasons.

  23. itscompton says: Jan 6, 2014 1:13 PM

    Greg Roman can put together a great running attack but the passing component of his offenses are mearly average, if not a bit sub-par. When the 49ers moved on from Smith it was supposed to be because Kaep has such a big arm and they wanted to push the ball down the field more often. And yet even though Kaep has a pretty high yards per attempt he’s only 20th in total passing yards, two spots behind Smith. I’m guessing Payton Manning knew what sort of passing scheme he’d be a part of if he had come to SF and that’s why he chose Denver. I’m guessing that if SF has a new O-cord next season Kaep will suddenly vault into the top 5 in passing yards.

  24. deathonwings410 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:26 PM

    Report: Redskins are interested in Several Pop Warner Football coaches.

  25. 49er33 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:30 PM

    Funny how many fellow 49er fans throw GRo under the bus they must of forgotten about Jimmy Raye. Or probably havent been fans for so long, simply the refusal to acknowledge some of the short commings are on Kaep, read a post about Kaeps long arm yet no one other than Vernon can stretch the field, Boldin and Crabs are both YAC recievers… The criticism I have is so checkdowns when Gore can turn them into big gains. But the short game isnt Kaeps strong suit.

  26. frstflt1 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:51 PM

    Did everyone here forget that we hired Eric Mangini as an Offensive consultant. Make no mistake, the Niners know that Mangini is a true genius when it comes to offensive game planning. With Mangini as OC, I believe the Niners would easily move to another more dangerous level on offense.
    Like many of you I agree Roman is a good OC but his passing plays are a bit predictable. He benefits from having a great player like Kaepernick who can make plays when nothing is there.

  27. scotty559 says: Jan 6, 2014 2:24 PM

    At first, Roman seems as inseperable as Alex smith did after he went down with his concussion last season. Inevitably losing his job to kap- The 49ers would only grow in a new direction if perhaps GRo departs. The 49ers will hire another stellar piece to replace him if that situation presents itself. He stays, fine. He goes, new blood fresh direction……turn the offense loose already

  28. stealthjunk says: Jan 6, 2014 2:33 PM

    As nice as it sounds, Norv Turner + Jim Harbaugh just isn’t going to happen. No way they could co-exist.

  29. decon49 says: Jan 6, 2014 2:34 PM

    Let him go and hire Chris Ault

  30. purpleguy says: Jan 6, 2014 2:39 PM

    The guy may be good, but he looks like the night manager at the local Piggly Wiggly.

  31. skins1970 says: Jan 6, 2014 3:02 PM

    No thanks my cousin is a 49ers fan and he says it would be a mistake for the Skins to hire him, he is too predictable and we would hate him in DC.

  32. asimonetti88 says: Jan 6, 2014 3:21 PM

    skins1970 says: Jan 6, 2014 3:02 PM

    No thanks my cousin is a 49ers fan and he says it would be a mistake for the Skins to hire him, he is too predictable and we would hate him in DC.
    ———————————————————

    That’s what we said about McCarthy too. He is a good coach, makes good gameplans, but he is somewhat of a predictable playcaller. I think he would make a good head coach.

  33. radar8 says: Jan 6, 2014 4:47 PM

    Pulleezzzee take Roman. The guy chokes every time the team is in the red-zone.

  34. aprilwalker2013 says: Jan 7, 2014 10:05 AM

    Thanks for the info on this guy! As a Redskins fan, it’s hard to keep up with all names that have been linked to be our next coach! I’m beginning to think the team already had the guy they wanted in mind even before Mike was fired!! I think they want Gruden and it’s his job if he wants it! I’m none too happy about it either! Would like San Fran’s DC though!! Beginning to think this massive coach search is just a joke or for just incase Gruden doesn’t take job!

  35. thepftpoetlivesinhismomsbasement says: Jan 7, 2014 11:16 AM

    scotty559 says:
    Jan 6, 2014 2:24 PM
    At first, Roman seems as inseperable as Alex smith did after he went down with his concussion last season. Inevitably losing his job to kap- The 49ers would only grow in a new direction if perhaps GRo departs. The 49ers will hire another stellar piece to replace him if that situation presents itself. He stays, fine. He goes, new blood fresh direction……turn the offense loose already

    _________________________________

    They need something…..because at some point, Kaep is going to get labeled doing this much running. Someone will get a piece of him yet and wreck him for a bit.

    To you guys ripping GRo….I hope he goes elsewhere and the Niners spin in circles. Did you ever think Kaep maybe doesn’t check down enough or audibles incorrectly?? Of course not…trust me, Kaepernick is gifted but he’s not the wisest QB out there either.

    Look where your team is over the last 2 years…..you deserve to be forced into being a Lions or Browns fan for a few years. I tell ya.

  36. jbleads says: Jan 7, 2014 12:01 PM

    Greg Roman is the guy… He’s proven and he’s risen through the ranks.
    Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Greg Roman & Why He’s The #1 Choice
    1. Integrity of the game will not be compromised. Greg Roman has an understanding of the historical impact The NFL has on the American culture and will protect the integrity of the game with players of high character. He will lead by example. One example of this has been his work with children with special needs. Through the inspiration, love, and encouragement from his brother Matthew Greg founded Project Hope almost 20 years ago. Maybe not important to fans, but important to ownership.
    2. Fully committed, focused, and a risk taker: When Greg graduated from John Carroll University he packed up an old beat up Bronco II and drove to Charlotte, North Carolina and showed up on the doorstep of a newly formed NFL Franchise known as The Carolina Panthers. He volunteered to do any job FOR FREE. He did everything from mopping the floor of the weight room, to making coffee runs, to breaking down film. He slept on the floor or couch if one was available. When he was able to rent a small apartment he lived there without electricity because he couldn’t afford the bill. I believe he made less than $12,000 that first year and about $18,000 the second year. He worked 70-80 hours a week. That’s the type of guy you can entrust a franchise to because he understands the value of the position.
    3. Greg Roman has deep NFL roots that trace back to Paul Brown, Vince Lombardi, Don Shula, and Bill Walsh to name a few.
    4. The Paul Brown connection: His uncle, Jack Clary, was in the front office with Paul Brown during the early days of The Cincinnati Bengals. Jack Clary is an accomplished author writing over 50 hard cover books about athletics and the impact on American Society. A few notables are writing The Paul Brown Story, Vince Lombardi: The Coach for All Seasons, The Field of Valor, & History of Navy Football. Saying that Jack Clary is well respected in the NCAA and NFL circles would be a gross understatement.
    5. Lombardi connection: Jack Clary and Vince Lombardi are Fordham University Hall of Famers, were friends, and knew that Football is about the making of men.
    6. Don Shula: Can you name the university Don Shula attended? Hint it’s the same one Greg Roman attended. John Carroll University is a place where leaders are made. These are some of Greg’s teammates from John Carroll University. Once again, these are teammates not just mere fellow graduates.
    a. Tommy Telesco GM, Chargers
    b. Dave Caldwell GM, Jaguars
    c. Josh McDaniels OC, Patriots
    d. Nick Caserio Director of Player Personnel, Patriots
    e. Brian Polian HC, University of Nevada
    f. Chris Polian Director of Player Personnel, Jaguars

    7. Walsh connection: Greg became acquainted with Bill Walsh several years ago once again through his uncle Jack Clary, but even more so when Greg was George Siefert’s most trusted assistant while at The Carolina Panthers. Something amazing about Greg’s stint in Carolina… When a Head Coach is hired he rarely retains any assistants, but Greg was the ONLY assistant retained when Siefert took over for Dom Capers. Fans don’t understand what a huge statement that says about Greg Roman.
    8. Preparation: Greg learned how important preparation is as a dedicated NCAA standout defensive tackle, but that’s not all. In 1989 Greg was a ball boy for Super Bowl XXIII (49’ers vs. Bengals). He had the shot because of his uncle, but that’s when he learned about Murphy’s Law. The night before the game Stanley Wilson partied so hard that he missed the game. He was literally passed out in the bathroom stall in the locker room. Why is that significant outside of the obvious? Stanley Wilson was supposed to be The X-Factor that day for The Bengals. The entire offensive game plan revolved around Stanley Wilson. We all know what happened next, but that’s when Greg Roman learned to prepare for every and any scenario.
    9. Intelligent – 3.8 gpa on a 4.0 scale in college. John Carroll University is an esteemed Jesuit University with high academic standards.
    10. Understands that a football team needs to be a strong family unit with core values of integrity, character, and discipline. Greg’s mother, Carol, raised all three boys (one special needs child) on her own working as a Catholic School Teacher. The boys were raised under strict guidance and discipline furthered by the years Greg spent working with Dr. Ken Leistner. Dr. Ken is a huge part of Greg’s story and their relationship is one of Loyalty, Love, and Discipline. The Dr. Ken stories are endless, but nobody tells them better than Greg Roman himself.

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