On Thursday, the Jacksonville Jaguars decided to pass on hiring 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman with the announcement of Gus Bradley as their new head coach. New Jaguars general manager David Caldwell is a close friend of Roman’s and it was widely expected he would hire him to turnaround their 29th ranked offense. Instead, they spared the 49ers Faithful by going with a defensive coach.
The hiring is twofold for Niner fans as not only does San Francisco’s offense retain Roman, for the time being, but also the hiring of Bradley lures him away from the Seattle Seahawks where he was the defensive coordinator. In the last four seasons, he has steadily improved Seattle’s defense and this season they ranked first in the NFL in points allowed and fourth in total yards. Most of Seattle’s defensive players will be on the roster next season, but the philosophy will likely change with a new defensive coordinator. The Seahawks hired University of Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to replace Bradley as the defensive coordinator. It has not been reported whether or not Roman interviewed for the Jaguars head coaching position.
There is the possibility of Roman being hired by another team as the Arizona Cardinals are still in the process of finding a head coach. The Cardinals have seen first-hand what Roman can do with an offensive on the field four times the past two seasons. Also, of the four coaches interviewed or will be interviewed soon by the Cardinals, three of them are offensive coordinators: Darell Bevell (Seattle), Jay Gruden (Cincinnati) and Todd Haley (Pittsburgh). The only defensive minded coach interviewed is current Cardinal’s defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
Roman could also become a candidate for college teams with openings, although nothing has been reported that any teams want to interview him. He has been a candidate the past two years for college coaching jobs.