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January 6, 2014
Report: Greg Roman drawing interest from two teams

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman has caught the interest of at least two teams in need of a head coach. According to Albert Breer of NFL Network, the Redskins and Vikings have reached out to Roman and that he "could have" interviews with those teams. As a member of a team that played in the Wildcard round, Roman is permitted to interview this week. The Vikings are a short plane ride from the 49ers' most recent destination, Green Bay, Wis.; the Redskins are a short flight from their upcoming destination, Charlotte, N.C.

Both Washington and Minnesota would appear to be good fits for Roman, who has run power-based offenses at Stanford and San Francisco. The Redskins finished fifth in rushing offense and have a quarterback, Robert Griffin III, with similar abilities as Roman's current passer, Colin Kaepernick. The Vikings, of course, have perhaps the league's best running back in Adrian Peterson and finished eighth in rushing offense.

Roman's name was bandied about last year as well, but he never had any interviews. The 49ers played in the Super Bowl in early February whereas most teams try to secure new head coaches by mid January. The general manager of at least one team, the Jaguars, said he would have interviewed Roman had he not been preoccupied with the 49ers' Super Bowl run.

Could the same scenario occur again? The 49ers are now two wins away from going to their second straight Super Bowl and Roman recently told The Merc's Tim Kawakami that job interviews are "just not something I'm thinking about right now." Still, he conceded that landing the right head-coaching job is a lifelong pursuit.

-- Matt Barrows



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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