Once again, the 49ers and Stanford University are wrestling over coaches. The Mercury News reported this morning that David Shaw, who has served as Jim Harbaugh's offensive coordinator since Harbaugh arrived at the school in 2007, will take over as head coach. (Stanford has since confirmed the hire) Shaw has 10 years of NFL experience prior to joining Stanford, most of it working with quarterbacks and the passing game. With Andrew Luck returning for his junior season, the Cardinal wants as much continuity as possible.
Shaw's promotion is likely to have a ripple effect with the 49ers. Stanford also was considering associate head coach Greg Roman and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to replace Harbaugh. Both men are now expected to make the 13-mile drive to 49ers headquarters, Roman as Harbaugh's offensive coordinator and Fangio as his defensive coordinator. Fangio also has been interviewed by the Cowboys as their defensive coordinator.
Harbaugh often called his own plays at Stanford, and he already has said he will do the same with the 49ers. With that in mind, he is seeking someone familiar with his style. Roman spent 13 years as an NFL assistant before joining Harbaugh at Stanford last year. In 2009 his title was Tight Ends/Offensive Tackles/Running Game Coordinator. This past season he was elevated to Associate Head Coach/Assistant Head Coach Offense/Tight Ends/Offensive Tackles.
Reports out of Cleveland say that the Browns will announce that Pat Shurmur is their new head coach. Shurmur served as the Rams' offensive coordinator last season and was instrumental in quarterback Sam Bradford's development. Look for ex-Broncos coach Josh McDaniels to become a candidate in St. Louis.
-- Matt Barrows