As expected Jim Harbaugh hired two Stanford coaches as the 49ers next offensive and defensive coordinator. Greg Roman was hired as the offensive coordinator and Vic Fangio as the defensive coordinator. Harbaugh added one more Stanford coach Tim Drevno as an offensive line coach. With so many Stanford coaches going north from Palo Alto to San Francisco at first I thought this might come back to haunt the 49ers by not hiring proven coordinators who worked recently in the NFL.
But worry not 49er Faithful. Roman has never been an offensive coordinator however he has 13 years of coaching experience at the pro level. Roman is a knowledgeable offensive mind, especially when it comes to the West Coast offense, so not having offensive coordinator on his resume should not be a concern. This will be the 49ers ninth offensive coordinator in the last nine years. You have nothing to worry about with Fangio as he has 11 years as an NFL defensive coordinator and 24 years of experience coaching in the NFL. Former defensive coordinator Greg Mansuky was hired at the same position with the Chargers. Drevno is inexperienced at the NFL level but Harbaugh is planning on retaining current offensive line coach Mike Solari and have both share the coaching duties. I am not sure how well that will work let alone if Solari will stay with the 49ers as co-coach of the offensive line.
Roman and Fangio will be great hires at coordinator as they have worked with Harbaugh at Stanford and know his vision on how he wants to run the offense and defense. Other than at quarterback the 49ers have all of their important starters returning next season so Roman can install his offense now knowing who will be on offense. The question of who will be at quarterback is a huge one but the 49ers know they need a quarterback that has played in some form of the West Coast offense. The 49ers defense is largely intact as well but is missing a shutdown cornerback and pass rushing threat.