San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman appears set to have a third interview lined up since the departure of head coach Jim Harbaugh. According to Ian Rapoport, the Jacksonville Jaguars requested permission from the San Francisco 49ers to interview Greg Roman for their vacant offensive coordinator job. Roman previously interviewed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for their vacant OC position, and is scheduled to interview with the Buffalo Bills on Friday for their head coach position.
Roman has a connection to the Jaguars, as he was a college roommate of general manager David Caldwell. The Jaguars hired Gus Bradley two years ago, and never interviewed Roman.
It is fascinating to see Roman get interviews, even as 49ers fans were losing their mind over his game plans. I don't think it has ever been as crystal clear an issue as some in large part because we don't know exactly what kind of influence Jim Harbaugh had over Roman. There is some talk players were disgruntled with the scheme in play, but how much was Roman and how much was Harbaugh?
Some will say the interview requests show it is not as bad as fans make it out to be. That is certainly possible, but it is also important to remember that NFL teams have done some fairly stupid things over the years. The fact that Jim Haslett kept his job as defensive coordinator in Washington for five years as his defense got worse and worse says plenty about that.
However, it is possible Roman could find success elsewhere. Mike McCarthy was derided at times for his work as offensive coordinator in San Francisco, before finding success in Green Bay. Of course, that 2005 49ers team was atrocious untalented. They struggled to find enough guys to fill out a 53-man roster, let along 90 guys to compete in training camp. I don't really know what to expect of Roman at his next step, but the NFL has proven to be plenty unpredictable.