The San Francisco 49ers once again managed to avoid losing coaches to the massive multi-team search party known as the NFL in January. With the Minnesota Vikings hiring of Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, only one head coaching spot remains: The Cleveland Browns, a spot that few people seem to want with an owner that almost certainly wants only Adam Gase, the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos. This means that Greg Roman and Vic Fangio (along with Jim Tomsula, who was an outside candidate anyway) once again have gotten looked over by teams around the NFL.
These 49er coaches have all — yes, Tomsula too — shown their merit and worth as coaches, men, and motivators. They are great teachers and even better schemers. It truly is a shame that they have yet to land jobs as “the guy” somewhere. As much as it is nice for the 49ers to have continued continuity, it is difficult not to feel at least a pang of sadness for these honorable, qualified men.
If the Bengals’ offseason is any indication, however, that all could change very fast. After years of having two coordinators in the same boat as Roman and Fangio, both Jay Gruden and Zimmer landed head coaching positions in a matter of weeks. Fortunately for the Bengals, they knew it would come to pass eventually and they had some quality guys in place to take their spots – Hue Jackson on offense and Paul Guenther, a defensive coordinator candidate around the NFL, on defense. The 49ers will likely lose both Fangio and Roman eventually, though perhaps not in as rapid of fashion as Cincinnati, so the question becomes, will the 49ers be ready when it happens? Half of me wants to say I am glad we do not have to answer that question yet. Another part of me, even with its repercussions for the crimson and gold, truly wants worthy coaches to get a shot at the big time. What do you think?