49ers hire former Stanford coach Roman as offensive coordinator

Posted Jan. 14, 2011 @ 12:38 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

It turns out 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh isn't the only Stanford coach leaving for San Francisco.

Harbaugh has hired his former associate head coach, Greg Roman, as the 49ers' offensive coordinator.

Roman broke into the NFL ranks with the Panthers in 1995 as a defensive quality-control/strength-and-conditioning assistant and held various positions with Carolina before joining the Texans as a tight ends and quarterbacks coach from 2002-05. He was with the Ravens from 2006-07, where he worked with John Harbaugh as an assistant offensive line coach before leaving for Stanford.

The way we see it

Harbaugh is hoping he can carry his success in the college ranks over to the NFL level. Roman has coached at this level before and will be vital to Harbaugh's success in running the West Coast offense in San Francisco.

Harbaugh's defensive coordinator at Stanford, Vic Fangio, also has interviewed with the Niners. Fangio had spent 24 seasons as an NFL assistant coach, including four with the Ravens, before going back to the collegiate level last year.