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January 6, 2014
Harbaugh confirms interest in Roman, Fangio, Tomsula

SANTA CLARA -- 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed today that teams have contacted the 49ers about potential interviews with offensive coordinator Greg Roman, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.

Harbaugh did not say which teams have reached out to the 49ers. Multiple reports this morning have the Washington Redskins interested in Roman and Fangio Tomsula, with Roman also on the radar of the Minnesota Vikings for their head coaching vacancy.

"I imagine there'll be some interviews taking place in the coming week or weeks," said Harbaugh. "You know, it's smart on their part. Those guys are great coaches, all of them. There's nobody that's got a better staff in my humble opinion than we do here."

The 49ers have had remarkable consistency on their coaching staff since Harbaugh took over. A rare exception occurred recently when USC announced Tim Drevno, the 49ers' assistant offensive line coach, will leave the 49ers at season's end to become offensive line coach of the Trojans.

"You wonder sometimes why it's taken this long," Harbaugh said. "People are looking for coaches, and if you want the one-year flash -- sometimes it seems like people hire that. But here Greg Roman, Fangio, (special teams coordinator) Brad Seely, Tomsula and others we have on our staff, the system year after year, that's special. That's something special. And it would be a surprise if somebody's not hired as a head coach."

* Reflecting on the 49ers' 23-20 win over the Packers in the wild-card round Sunday, Harbaugh said his "ecstatic" reaction after the game came from an appreciation for what his players had accomplished under harsh conditions against a good team on the road.

"In a playoff game, to beat the elements, beat the opposing team, beat the crowd -- just nothing makes you feel more like a man like that, that I've found," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh said the cold, which he spent much of last week downplaying, actually helped highlight some of the positives for the 49ers. For one thing, he said, it emphasized that the 49ers have "a good bad-weather quarterback" in Colin Kaepernick, who made plays with his feet on a far-from-pristine field while also throwing for 227 yards and a touchdown. Harbaugh also singled out, among others, Andy Lee for the job Lee did holding on three Phil Dawson field goals, including the game-winner as time expired.

"I've been a holder in NFL games in cold, snowy, windy type of conditions, and it is not a great feeling when you're sitting there as the holder wondering how the ball is going to come back," Harbaugh said. "There were a couple that kind of came back with a little wobble, hot, that he had to reach for or reach back for, and I thought he did an excellent job."

-- Matt Kawahara



MATTHEW 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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