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January 8, 2013
Roman's buddy lands GM job in Jacksonville


The Jaguars have tabbed Falcons player personnel director Dave Caldwell to be their new general manager, as first reported by FOX's Jay Glazer, and the two sides are working on a deal. Jacksonville is one of the spots where the 49ers' director of player personnel Tom Gamble has interviewed as well.

Caldwell has ties to 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman. The two were on the same team at John Carroll University in the early 1990s, and one of their first coaching stints was with the Carolina Panthers in 1996. Roman did not have any interview requests last week. "I'm not going to talk about any of that stuff," Roman said. "I'm focused on the Packers coming in."

He did acknowledge his friendship with Caldwell, but said he wouldn't be contacting his former teammate any time soon. "Dave's in Atlanta, and we might end up playing them, so not really talking to Dave right now," he said.

The 49ers' assistants had a one-week window last week to interview for coaching vacancies. None of them, including Roman, is believed to have received an interview request. Roman, of course, could interview if the 49ers lost on Saturday; a 49ers win means the next time he can interview is after the NFC Championship game.

The Jaguars retained head coach Mike Mularkey but gave his assistants permission to interview for other jobs, an indication that Mularkey could be replaced.

Another Roman chum from John Carroll University, Tom Telesco, is a finalist for the San Diego job, which reportedly will be decided tomorrow. If Roman left, the 49ers' top internal candidates would be quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst, receivers coach John Morton and offensive line coach Tim Drevno. Stanford's Pep Hamilton also would be a possibility.

- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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