Harbaugh adds three Stanford coaches to 49ers

New 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh hired away three coaches from his

former Stanford staff Friday to join him in the NFL.

The 49ers hired Greg Roman offensive coordinator, Vic Fangio

defensive coordinator and Tim Drevno offensive line coach. The

moves were expected by Harbaugh, who received a five-year deal as

San Francisco’s new coach last Friday to replace the fired Mike

Singletary. Harbaugh was among the most sought after coaches this

winter following a 12-1 season in his fourth year at Stanford

capped by a 40-12 Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech.

”I am very excited that these three men are now part of the

49ers coaching staff,” Harbaugh said in a statement. ”They bring

a wealth of knowledge and a level of professionalism that I am

certain will transfer positively to our team. Vic has 24 NFL

seasons under his belt and Greg has 13, so they know firsthand what

it takes to win at this level.”

San Francisco (6-10) missed the playoffs for the eighth straight

year this season after the Niners were the popular pick to win the

NFC West. Instead, they began 0-5 and couldn’t recover – though

they were still in playoff contention in the weak West until a

25-17 loss at St. Louis on Dec. 26. Singletary was fired later that

night with two years remaining on his contract.

New Stanford coach David Shaw acknowledged during his

introductory news conference Thursday he would have key spots to

fill on his staff.

Roman replaces Mike Johnson, who took over as offensive

coordinator after Jimmy Raye was fired following a Week 3 loss at

Kansas City. Roman will be the Niners’ ninth different offensive

coordinator in as many years including Johnson’s promotion for most

of the 2010 season.

The 38-year-old Roman, who was Stanford’s associate head coach

and now begins his 14th NFL season, most recently tutored the past

two Heisman Trophy runners-up: current Minnesota Vikings running

back Toby Gerhart in 2009 and Orange Bowl MVP Andrew Luck this past


Roman guided a Cardinal offense that ranked ninth nationally in

points scored this season at 40.3, 14th in total yards per game

(472.5), 17th in yards rushing per game (213.8) and first in time

of possession (34:34).

He and Harbaugh will likely have a new quarterback to groom

right away. Alex Smith, the 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick out of

Utah, becomes a free agent.

Fangio, 52, takes over for Greg Manusky, who was hired as

defensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers on Friday. This

will be Fangio’s 25th season as an NFL coach – and he has four-time

Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis as the anchor of his experienced

and talented defense. Fangio spent 11 years as a defensive

coordinator with Carolina, Indianapolis and Houston.

The 41-year-old Drevno takes on a unit that was plagued by

injury the past two seasons and featured a pair of rookie

first-round offensive linemen in starting roles in 2010, with

Anthony Davis at right tackle and Mike Iupati playing left


Drevno spent all four seasons on Harbaugh’s Stanford staff, and

his line allowed only 13 sacks the past two years.

Stanford returned to a bowl game in 2009 for the first time

since ’01 behind Gerhart and Luck. The Cardinal beat Oregon and USC

in consecutive weeks to move into the AP poll for the first time

since 2001, stayed in contention for a Pac-10 title until late in

the season. Stanford lost the Sun Bowl to Oklahoma when Luck sat

out with a broken right index finger.

Now, the 49ers coaches will try to duplicate that Stanford

turnaround at the next level. San Francisco hasn’t had a winning

season since its last trip to the playoffs in 2002.