Source: 49ers OC Roman interviews for same position with Bucs
San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman interviewed Friday for the same position with Tampa Bay, a source told FOX Sports.
Roman interviewed in Los Angeles, where Bucs officials were in town to attend Thursday’s Rose Bowl game between Oregon and Florida State. Tampa Bay was paying particularly close attention to both starting quarterbacks — Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Florida State’s Jameis Winston — as potential picks with the Bucs holding the No. 1 overall selection in April’s draft.
Roman spent the past four seasons working on the staff of Jim Harbaugh, who left the 49ers earlier this week to become head coach at the University of Michigan. Roman isn’t expected to follow Harbaugh back to the college ranks and is considered a hot commodity to fill an NFL offensive coordinator vacancy.
Like the 49ers themselves, San Francisco’s offense struggled with consistency through an 8-8 season. But Roman’s overall track record is strong.
The 49ers rank in the top five in overall rushing yardage from 2011 to 2014. That ground attack was spearheaded by running back Frank Gore, who just completed his fourth consecutive season of 1,100-plus yards. Roman also helped in the development of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII during the 2012 season and the NFC Championship game the following year.
Roman, 42, will be entering his 18th year as an NFL coordinator or assistant in 2015. He remains under contract with the 49ers but isn’t expected to return and was granted permission to interview with Tampa Bay.
The Bucs are seeking a replacement for Jeff Tedford, who left to become head coach of the CFL’s British Columbia Lions. FOX Sports has reported that Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is expected to interview this weekend. Media reports also have linked ex-Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman and New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg as being under consideration by Bucs head coach Lovie Smith.
Tampa Bay (2-14) ranked 30th in offense this season under Marcus Arroyo, who served as interim coordinator with Tedford missing the regular season recovering from a heart ailment.