Greg Roman to interview with Vikings today

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While he’s not exactly keeping a Ken Whisenhunt pace, 49ers coach Greg Roman is squeezing a job interview into a work weekend.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Roman will interview for the Vikings opening today, presumably in Charlotte, where the 49ers will play the Panthers tomorrow.

Roman interviewed for the Penn State job as well, and could draw more interest if the 49ers fall out of the playoffs this weekend.

The Vikings are taking a more deliberate approach than others this offseason, sifting through a wide field of candidates to determine a few finalists.

54 responses to “Greg Roman to interview with Vikings today

  1. As much as I like some of the defensive coordinators out there for HC position, i’d rather stay away from them, and go after an offensive minded head coach, and then hope that they have someone in mind that would make a great D-coordinator. We tried a defensive minded head coach. Our defense couldn’t stop a nose bleed. But our offense wasn’t the worst.

    You get an offensive minded head coach, and he always keeps his eyes more on the offense, and let’s the defensive coordinator handle his own. I think that’s what we need.

    But we also need some talent on D… So spielman either needs to find some talent, or if it’s to hard for him, step down so we can get someone in there that can find talent!

  2. He’s got more wins against the Packers in the last 10 years than the Vikings and he doesn’t even coach in the same division. Make no mistake, this is a START in the right direction for the Vikes.

  3. You would think a guy with his options would pass on one of the worst jobs in the NFL.

    Why?

    Spielman
    Wulff
    No QB
    College Stadium for next two years
    Rampant Player Misconduct
    Delusional fanbase with well earned inferiority complex
    The color purple

    Any others?

  4. I’ve wanted Zimmer the whole time, and part of me wishes the Vikings go get him before the titans do, but I appreciate Rick Spielmans patience. Look at Bal, they wanted Jason Garrett the whole time, and then he told them he was staying in DAL, they ended up hiring John Harbaugh, plan B. I think most would agree thats worked out for them. I’m glad the Vikings didn’t pull a Dan Snyder. You wonder why they are a losing franchise. He goes out, interviews one guy who has the perceived hottest name, and then offers them a ton of money and the job without talking to anyone else. That just seems so lazy to me.

  5. As a Niners fan I hope they take him because hes mediocre at best. The rule about interviewing candidates while still in the playoffs needs to change. They did it with the Seahawks coordinators too. Atleast wait until their season is finished.

  6. 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Greg Roman & Why He Should Be The 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), and 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 lockeroom. 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.

  7. Wouldn’t the idea of a HC being one who can take control of both sides, Defense and Offense?

    It’s why more should look to Special Teams Coaches, they know how to do more than one thing at a time with many moving parts on their part of the roster.

  8. I suspect that Roman is using the Vikings as leverage for the job he really wants.

    He is an OC so he realizes the importance of having a franchise QB. The Vikings don’t have one and with Spielman drafting this spring, their chances of getting one is about the same as the Vikings winning the Superbowl in 2014, which is none.

  9. The worst mistake the Vikings could make is jumping on the ‘NFL Merry-Go-Round’ of hiring a recycled, proven failure like Whisenhunt. Go ahead and give a new guy a try, moving up from the ranks is where all new great coaches come from.

  10. Why would any coach want to come to Minnesota?

    Bad owner, bad QB, aging running back, ignorant fans…

    And, after two 4-12 seasons, he’ll be fired anyway only to be replaced with another stooge.

  11. As a Viking 4life since 1968 and a student of football i.e. NFL and College football, the Minnesota Vikings are looking at two people, in order-Greg Roman (it’s his job to lose) and Mike Zimmer. Can’t go wrong with either. Personally I prefer Greg Roman but would not be disappointed at all with Mike Zimmer -have a wonderful day! P.S. How did the Washington Redskins pass on Mike Zimmer? I saw several interviews with Jay Gruden and he looks to be a bit goofy?

  12. Does anyone else find it as comical as I do, that there are more fans of “Wisconsins” one profitable company commenting on a vikings post than actual vikings fans? It just goes to show that there really is nothing to do in that wasteland to the east of the Great State of Minnesota, once their football season was shut down.. I guess if you’re a resident of that village of regret, you need to do something to keep your mind off the fact that the “state ” of Wisconsin truly is the armpit of the Great State of Minnesota. Just look at the recent number, 37th in economic security, 32nd in future job growth, 34th in unemployment claims…. man that has to be hard to live there… all while the Great State of Minnesota is ranked 6th, 8th, and 11th, respectively…. Im still waiting for any of these folks to bring forward some numbers to prove otherwise,, yet,, no one has.. Im also fairly certain that most of these victims of “wisconsins” economy actually work in The Great State of Minnesota.. but of course they would never admit that. because that would only prove my point..

    Minnesota > “wisconsin”…

  13. Everyone is talking about all of the negatives in Minnesota. Well, lets bring out a positive. The coach who takes on this job and turns things around will be well rewarded. He will be working for Ziggy Wilf, one of the richest owners in the NFL and one that is not afraid to spend. He made Childress the 4th highest paid coach in the NFL with very little return. Can you imagine what he would pay the man that makes the Vikings a consistent winner? This is Ziggy’s toy and he wants it to be the best!

  14. I’m a big fan of zimmer personally but I’m glad spielman is taking his time. Get the coach and QB right and things turn around in a hurry: Colts, Chiefs, 49ers

  15. Getting it right is priority in MN. the pieces of a dynasty are coming together.

    Getting it wrong is the cheesebay way.
    From SB to playoffs to wildcard, the years of decline guarantee next season of missing the playoffs for the packers. Keep loving capers!

  16. Looks like the packer fans a are getting nervous or else they wouldn’t be commenting so much. Hahaha you guys are following ourcoach search more than anybody else. Oh yay get one of these guys in here to whip our guys butts and not baby them like frazier. Dont worry guys we’ll be fine!!!

  17. Pretty hard for niners to lose today since they don’t even play today….. Lol you non football bandwagon fans make me laugh probably same stupid people sending death threats to roc flair just pathetic panther fans

  18. Wow somebody really wants Greg Roman to be head coach..that was a looong paragraph(s) somebody wrote.

    All gotta say is…Brad Childress led the Vikings one fumble away from the Super Bowl.. Fired the next season.

    Leslie Frazier led the Vikings to the playoffs with an undermanned team…fired the next season.

    Look, anybody dumb enough to consider being Head Coach of the Minnesota Vikings. isn’t smart enough to be a Head Coach in the National Football League. It’s a reckless decision.

  19. Yes, take Greg Roman and have a stone aged offense, AP can run into 9 man fronts often. When you need 15 yds. for a 1st he can send in a play for a 2yd. gain. When the VKS are in the red zone they they can settle for 3 because GRo can’t come up with anything that might score a TD. The VKS can start burning clock with a 3 point lead in the 3rd qtr.

  20. Use up all the time outs in the 1st and 3rd qtrs. get plays in late and lead the league in delay penalties… It’s the Greg Roman way.

  21. I love it when Vikings fans turn into hypocrites, they are the first to post on articles, you guys are in denial and I also think its funny that flap your gums about Minnesota being better than Wisconsin just because your football team sucks, whatever you guys have to tell yourselves to go to sleep at night

  22. None of the top names are interested evidenced by lack of interviews. Let Spielman sell the lemmings this is what he is after all along like Ponder and us fans will continue to laugh. Embrace the suck Minnesota.

  23. Let’s see…

    Mike McCarthy, Ex OC at San Fran, Fat, took his team to the SB.

    Greg Roman, Ex OC at San Fran, Fat, hopefully will do the same.

  24. LOL. Packers fans think their state is better just because their football team is better. I guess they don’t realize that there’s more to life than football. All things are cyclical. Some day the Vikes will be better than the Packers and the state of MN will still be better than WI.

  25. toes110 says:
    Jan 11, 2014 11:07 AM
    Does anyone else find it as comical as I do, that there are more fans of “Wisconsins” one profitable company commenting on a vikings post than actual vikings fans? It just goes to show that there really is nothing to do in that wasteland to the east of the Great State of Minnesota, once their football season was shut down.. I guess if you’re a resident of that village of regret, you need to do something to keep your mind off the fact that the “state ” of Wisconsin truly is the armpit of the Great State of Minnesota. Just look at the recent number, 37th in economic security, 32nd in future job growth, 34th in unemployment claims…. man that has to be hard to live there… all while the Great State of Minnesota is ranked 6th, 8th, and 11th, respectively…. Im still waiting for any of these folks to bring forward some numbers to prove otherwise,, yet,, no one has.. Im also fairly certain that most of these victims of “wisconsins” economy actually work in The Great State of Minnesota.. but of course they would never admit that. because that would only prove my point..
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    Numbers are for politicians. North Dakota’s numbers blow yours out of the water. So what? Does that make North Dakota “better.” You’re still All Hat, No Cattle. Always will be. The only category you are undeniably No. 1 is arrogant superiority complexes. Good for you.

  26. hmmmm interesting,,,, yes N.dakota’s numbers are great,, they contribute there fair share to this great country.. but i am not on here talking about MN vs. ND… Im not here saying that “wisconsin” depends on MN for Jobs, Decent Healthcare.. ect… The Great State of Minnesota, dose not depend on ND for jobs, we have our own. some of which you people take, since you have none of your own where you call home…. face it
    The Great State of Minnesota > ‘wisconsin”

  27. Well JJ, The Great State of Minnesota is better than “wisconsin” its a Mathematical Fact. The numbers don’t lie.. The Great State of Minnesota Dominates the village of “wisconsin” in basically every statistical category… And has for years… While the Record between the Vikes and “wisconsins” one profitable company is almost even… Packers have pulled ahead as of late, sure. However that can change from season to season. The most comical thing of all is how Inhabitants of “wisconsin” catorgorize thier “states” worth, by how good their football team is….which only strengthens my point, that “wisconsins” one profitable company is all you people have….. once again its is obvoius….
    The Great State of Minnesota > “wisconsin”

  28. toes110 says:
    Jan 11, 2014 5:21 PM
    Well JJ, The Great State of Minnesota is better than “wisconsin” its a Mathematical Fact. The numbers don’t lie.. The Great State of Minnesota Dominates the village of “wisconsin” in basically every statistical category… And has for years… While the Record between the Vikes and “wisconsins” one profitable company is almost even… Packers have pulled ahead as of late, sure. However that can change from season to season. The most comical thing of all is how Inhabitants of “wisconsin” catorgorize thier “states” worth, by how good their football team is….which only strengthens my point, that “wisconsins” one profitable company is all you people have….. once again its is obvoius….
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    The only thing obvious is the limited range of your interests. The only people affected by your numbers are the top 2% wage-earners and the bottom 2%. Nobody else cares. This is a football site. You want Oprah.

  29. stellar,
    I don’t want Oprah. I want to hear your AWESOME city league b-ball 3pointer domination story. & please do not leave out how it related to the packers!

  30. toes110 says:
    Jan 11, 2014 5:20 PM
    …. they contribute there fair share to this great country…..

    ….depends on MN for Jobs, Decent Healthcare.. ect…

    …..The Great State of Minnesota, dose not depend on ND for jobs…….

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    It’s “their,” and “etc.,” and “does.”

    Question: What does Minnesota do about delinquents that skip school?

  31. GenXJay says:
    Jan 11, 2014 5:52 PM
    stellar,
    I don’t want Oprah. I want to hear your AWESOME city league b-ball 3pointer domination story. & please do not leave out how it related to the packers!
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    I’m honored that you paid attention! Good boy.

  32. GenXJay says:
    Jan 11, 2014 12:20 PM
    Getting it wrong is the cheesebay way.
    From SB to playoffs to wildcard, the years of decline guarantee next season of missing the playoffs for the packers. Keep loving capers!
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    If the Vikings were fortunate enough to have Capers as a HC, it would be the best choice since Grant. The Packers won the North Division while missing Rodgers, Matthews, and Cobb . Just how bad do you think the Vikings would’ve been if they hadn’t had Peterson, Allen, and Patterson? Yeah…..the Packers are declining.

  33. jjh1982 says: Jan 11, 2014 2:06 PM

    I love it when Vikings fans turn into hypocrites, they are the first to post on articles, you guys are in denial and I also think its funny that flap your gums about Minnesota being better than Wisconsin just because your football team sucks, whatever you guys have to tell yourselves to go to sleep at night

    *sees the article about the Vikings*

    What?

  34. Well thank you for the spell check, trying to post on a cell phone sucks… .. Well, back to your top 2% and bottom 2%, how does that figure into the fact that way more folks cross the border from Wisconsin to work in Minnesota, than the other way around… As I have said many times, im sure many of the posters here, live in ‘wisconsin”, talk constant trash about the Great State of Minnesota, but yet choose to work here because there is no where to work in WI… So are you saying that only the top 2% in WI work here? or only the bottom 2% work here… I think its more like 75% of residents that live west of Eau Claire work here… I actually spend a fair amount of time in “WI”.. Great deer hunting, and they sell beer on sundays… and…. um…….. yeah thats about it……

  35. toes110 says:
    Jan 11, 2014 7:17 PM
    Well thank you for the spell check, trying to post on a cell phone sucks… .. Well, back to your top 2% and bottom 2%, how does that figure into the fact that way more folks cross the border from Wisconsin to work in Minnesota, than the other way around… As I have said many times, im sure many of the posters here, live in ‘wisconsin”, talk constant trash about the Great State of Minnesota, but yet choose to work here because there is no where to work in WI… So are you saying that only the top 2% in WI work here? or only the bottom 2% work here… I think its more like 75% of residents that live west of Eau Claire work here… I actually spend a fair amount of time in “WI”.. Great deer hunting, and they sell beer on sundays… and…. um…….. yeah thats about it……
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    (yawn)

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