On Tuesday, the Jacksonville Jaguars hired David Caldwell as their general manager who has served as the Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel this season. So how does the hiring affect the San Francisco 49ers? As it turns out Caldwell and 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman were teammates and roommates in the 1990’s, while both attended John Carroll University. There have been multiple reports that because of Caldwell and Roman’s past history the Niners offensive coordinator is now a “strong candidate” for the Jaguars head coaching job.
With the 49ers and Falcons still in the playoffs, and the possibility of the two teams meeting in the NFC Championship game, Roman would only say about Caldwell, “Dave’s in Atlanta, so we might end up playing them, so I’m not really talking to Dave right now,”
This not the first-time Roman has been mentioned as a possible head coaching candidate. Over the past few years, while in San Francisco and at Stanford University, he was high-up on the list of many college head coaching jobs. The Jaguars currently have Mike Mularkey signed under contract as their head coach, but it’s likely with a new GM and after the team finished with a 2-14 record that they will go in a new direction.
Roman deserves a head coaching job in the NFL, but I would hate to see him go. He has the confidence of Jim Harbaugh to be the primary play caller and keeping him provides the 49ers offense with continuity. This especially helps with the development of Colin Kaepernick heading into next season. But with the way Roman has turned around the 49ers offense and his 13 seasons of experience in the NFL as an assistant coach, he is attractive to many teams. The Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles are also rumored to be interested in Roman’s services for their vacancies at head coach.
It is not known if Roman interviewed for any head coaching jobs in the last week, when teams were able to interview coaches from playoff teams with first-round byes. There have been no reports and when asked about that on Tuesday, Roman said, “I’m not going to talk about any of that stuff. I’m focused on the Packers.”