Jim Harbaugh will be losing his second offensive assistant in the last week, with 49ers senior offensive assistant Paul Wulff accepting the offensive coordinator position at South Florida University. Wulff joined the 49ers in 2012.
Last week, the 49ers lost offensive line coach Tim Drevno to USC, where he will serve in the same position, in addition to being the running game coordinator. Drevno will depart the 49ers after the playoff run.
Wulff joined the 49ers after spending four years as the head coach at Washington State. Before accepting a job with the Niners, Wulff did not have any previous experience coaching in the NFL.
The 49ers coaching staff could lose more members over the next month with Greg Roman, Vic Fangio and Jim Tomsula drawing interest from other teams. Harbaugh confirmed on Monday the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings have asked for permission to interview Roman for their vacancies at head coach. It was also reported that Roman has interviewed for the coaching job at Penn State. The Redskins also asked to interview Fangio. Harbaugh did not say where Tomsula has generated interest.
With how successful the 49ers have been since 2011, it is only natural that their coaching assistants would draw interest from other teams and colleges to be a head coach. Roman, Fangio and Tomsula all deserve promotions from their current positions, but it will be hard to watch any of them leave because of how integral they have been in the 49ers’ turnaround the past three seasons.
Harbaugh refused to confirm whether or not Wulff would be heading to South Florida. He was asked on Monday if his coaching staff’s focus on the playoffs is affected with the interviews, to which he replied,
I know our people and their focus is right here, on this game.