Even though San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman interviewed for two head coaching vacancies — at the college and pro level — he will be returning to the Niners for a fourth straight season. Despite not being offered a job as a head coach, Roman said this week, “the time will come.”
Speaking on 97.3 ESPN Radio (Atlantic City), Roman said of his future in coaching:
I definitely think we all have aspirations growing up and moving through our careers. I definitely think that’s always been one of mine. Some people want to be an assistant coach and that’s what they want to do. And some people want to be a head coach and that’s what their goal is. I think we’re all very goal-driven. And I think the time will come. Everybody that wants to be a head coach doesn’t mind those challenges because you feel, obviously, if they’re hiring you as a head coach, they probably have some issues.
But I would say — I could probably speak for all of us in saying — ‘Hey, man, give me a shot and I’ll fix those issues. I know how to do it.’ That’s what you’re looking for ultimately in this profession. It’s also very important, though, to find the right fit. The right people you’re working with, general manager, owner et cetera. And that you’re all on the same page. The NFL is so competitive you’ve all got to be singing from the same song sheet, so to speak, to compete at the highest level.
During the 49ers postseason run, Roman interviewed with Penn State and the Minnesota Vikings for their head coaching vacancies. Roman has been a hot commodity for college teams since 2010. He has interviewed for openings at Stanford, Vanderbilt and Pittsburgh. He also interviewed with Penn State in 2011 for their opening at the time. In fact, he was offered the head coaching position at Tulane in 2011; however, he turned it down because the 49ers were in the middle of the season.
A lot has been said about the success of the 49ers in the playoffs being an obstacle for Roman receiving a head coaching job in the league. NFL rules limit when playoff teams, which the 49ers have been the past three seasons, can allow their coaching assistants to be available for interviews with other teams. With most teams wanting to fill head coach as soon as possible, Roman likely has missed out on receiving a top-job because the Niners have at least made the NFC Championship game the last three seasons.
It was a great experience for me. The first time I’ve ever interviewed for an NFL head-coaching job. The people I met with were very impressive. The way it was set up and executed was very impressive. It was very exciting. At the same time, it was very humbling … that they would take the time and consider you a head coach. That being said, it’ll come. It’ll come when it’s time. Just going through that process this year was a big step for me. ~ Greg Roman.