Instead of traveling back with the 49ers following their win over the Packers Sunday night, offensive coordinator Greg Roman interviewed for at least one head coaching position before returning to the Bay Area Monday afternoon. Per NFL rules, teams' assistants that appear in the Wild Card round of the playoffs are allowed to interview for head coaching jobs this week.
Roman's name has been linked to at least two head coaching vacancies, the Vikings and Washington, according to the NFL Network.
Jim Harbaugh confirmed Monday that teams have inquired about members of his staff.
"Yes we have," said Harbaugh. "And imagine that there will be some interviews taking place in the coming week or weeks."
Roman's name surfaced last season during the team's Super Bowl run, but teams with openings reportedly wanted them filled in January - prior to the Super Bowl - and Roman did not get any interviews.
Since taking over in 2011, Harbaugh and his staff have led the team to the playoffs in their first three seasons. Harbaugh is the first head coach to win at least 13 games in each of his first three years - playoffs included - since the NFL merger in 1970. His talented coaching staff has played a big role.
"Amazing staff. You wonder sometimes why it’s taken this long. But, people are looking for coaches that … if you want the one-year flash, sometimes seems like people hire that," said Harbaugh.
Washington has also requested to interview with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, according to the NFL Network. Interviews for Roman and Fangio with Washington could come next week when the team travels to Charlotte, N.C. for the Divisional Round of the playoffs Sunday against the Panthers. The Browns, Lions and Titans are also still looking for new head coaches.
UPDATE Wednesday, Jan. 8 10:15 A.M.
Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports reported Wednesday that Roman interviewed with Penn State this week.
This news comes as no surprise as Roman holds the Nittany Lions' job in very high regard. Penn State recently lost Bill O'Brien - a former offensive assistant with the New England Patriots - when he took the head coaching position with the Houston Texans last week.
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