49ers announce Fangio, Roman, Drevno hires

49ers announce Fangio, Roman, Drevno hires

Jan. 14, 201149ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEO
The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have namedGreg Roman offensive coordinator, Vic Fangio defensive coordinator and Tim Drevno offensive line coach.I am very excited that these three men are now part of the 49ers coaching staff, said 49ers head coachJim Harbaugh. Theybring a wealth of knowledge and a level of professionalism that I amcertain will transfer positively to our team. Vic has 24 NFL seasonsunder his belt and Greg has 13, so they know firsthand what it takes towin at this level.Roman,38, enters his 14th season in the NFL, having been a member of thecoaching staffs for the Carolina Panthers (1995-2001), Houston Texans(2002-03) and Baltimore Ravens (2006-07). He most recently spent thepast two seasons on Jim Harbaughs Stanford coaching staff. Romanjoined the Cardinal in 2009 as the running game coordinator, withposition responsibilities of tight ends and offensive tackles. Thispast season, he kept those responsibilities, but also added the dutiesof associate coach and assistant head coach of the offense.Roman helped oversee a Cardinal offense in 2010 that ranked 9th nationally in points scored (40.3 pointsgame), 14th in total yards per game (472.5), 17thin rushing yards per game (213.8) and first in time of possession(34:34). Over the past two years, the Cardinal allowed the fewest sacks(13) and second-highest time of possession average (33:20) in thenation, during that time span. Stanford allowed just seven sacks in2009 and six sacks in 2010, ranking 2ndin the nation both years. A year prior, Romans sophisticated blockingschemes and knowledge of the running game were major factors in theCardinal amassing a single-season school record of 2,837 yards on theground in 2009.Priorto arriving at Stanford, Roman served as the assistant offensive linecoach for a Baltimore Ravens team that captured the 2006 AFC NorthDivision title with a regular season mark of 13-3. He helped the Ravensimprove to 17th in the NFL in total offense and 2nd in fewest sacksallowed with 17, setting a franchise record.Priorto joining the staff in Baltimore, Roman enjoyed a four-year coachingstint with the Houston Texans, serving as the team's tight ends(2002-03) and quarterbacks coach (2004-05). As tight ends coach, Romantutored Billy Miller, who led the Texans with 91 receptions over twoseasons. He also guided former 2002 NFL first round draft pick DavidCarr, who had his best season under Roman in 2004 when he passed for3,531 yards and an 83.1 quarterback rating.Romanlaunched his coaching career with the Carolina Panthers in 1995, theteam's inaugural season in the NFL, when he was named the strength andconditioning assistantdefensive quality control coach, while alsoworking with the defensive backs and the linebackers. In 1996, thePanthers set a NFL record for most wins by an expansion team, asCarolina won the NFC West crown and advanced to the NFC Championshipgame. He then moved to the offensive side of the ball as Carolina'soffensive quality control coach for two seasons (1997-98) beforeassuming the role of offensive assistant for the 1999 and 2000campaigns. As the team's offensive assistant, he worked with both therun-and-pass game strategy and implementation, helping the Panthersfinish 2nd in the NFL in passing offense and 5th in yards per rush.Roman worked as the team's assistant offensive line coach in his finalseason with the Panthers in 2001.A three-year letter-winner and two-year starting defensive lineman at John Carroll University from 1990-93, Roman earned All-Ohio Conference honorable mention honors following his senior season.A native of Ventnor, N.J. and a graduate of Holy Spirit High School, Greg and his wife, Dana, have three children, Connor, Gregory and Emily.Fangio,52, enters his 25th season coaching in the NFL, which includes 11 yearsof experience as a defensive coordinator for three NFL teams - Carolina(1995-98), Indianapolis Colts (1999-2001) and Houston Texans (2002-05).Fangiomost recently served as the defensive coordinator for Stanford in 2010,where he led one of the nations top defenses. The Cardinal finishedthe regular season ranked in the top-25 nationally in five defensivecategories, while improving from 90th in total defense in 2009 to 24th in 2010.Priorto joining Stanford, Fangio served on the Baltimore Ravens coachingstaff as a special assistant to the head coach in 2006, with primaryduties on the defensive side of the ball. In his four seasons withBaltimore, the Ravens led the NFL in total defense in 2006, rankedsecond in 2008 and third in 2009.Fangiospent the previous four seasons as the defensive coordinator of theHouston Texans (2002-05). His 2002 defense ranked eighth in the AFCoverall and fourth in the conference in pass defense. In 2004, theTexans set a team record and ranked fifth in the NFL with 22interceptions, five of which were returned for touchdowns.Fangioserved as the defensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts from1999-2001. The Colts posted a 13-3 record in Fangios first seasonafter going just 6-26 the previous two years. Indianapolis won itsfirst division title in 15 years, while the Colts defense improved fromlast to 15th under his guidance.In1995, Fangio was named defensive coordinator of the expansion CarolinaPanthers under head coach Dom Capers. The Panthers tied for seventh intotal defense and ranked sixth in scoring defense, 10th in rushingdefense, fifth in takeaways and second in defensive passer rating inits inaugural season.In1996, the Panthers won the NFC West title and reached the NFCChampionship game in just their second year of existence. The Pantherdefense allowed just 218 points on the year, ranking second in the NFL.Fangiospent nine seasons as the linebackers coach of the New Orleans Saints,starting in 1986. Fangio coached the vaunted Dome Patrol, whichincluded All-Pro linebackers Rickey Jackson, Pat Swilling, Sam Millsand Vaughan Johnson. That group was later voted the best linebackingunit in NFL history by NFL Network.Afterattending East Stroudsburg University, Fangio began his coaching careerin 1979 as the linebackers coach at his alma mater, Dunmore (PA) HighSchool, and was later promoted to defensive coordinator in 1980. Hespent 1982 as the defensive coordinator at Milford (CT.) Academy beforelanding his first collegiate coaching position at the University ofNorth Carolina, where he served as a graduate assistant in 1983.Followinga one-year stay in Chapel Hill, Fangio spent the 1984 and 1985 seasonsas a defensive assistant with the PhiladelphiaBaltimore Stars of theUSFL, helping the team to back-to-back league titles. Fangio wasinducted into the Northeast Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 1993.Drevno,41, joins the 49ers after 18 seasons coaching in the collegiate ranks.He most recently served as a member of Jim Harbaughs coaching staff atStanford over the last four seasons.Over the course of the past two seasons, Drevno coached a Cardinal offensive line that allowed just 13 sacks during that span, ranking 2ndin the nation in 2009 (7) and in 2010 (6). In addition, the Cardinaloffensive line led the way for a ground game that set a school recordwith 2,837 rushing yards (11th nationally 218.2 yardsgame) in 2009, followed by 2,779 yards in 2010.Priorto his arrival at Stanford, Drevno was the offensive coordinator andoffensive line coach at the University of San Diego (2003-06). TheToreros won back-to-back NCAA Division I-AA Mid-Major national titlesand Pioneer League championships in 2005 and 2006. Under his directionas offensive coordinator, the Toreros led the nation in total offensetwice, finished 3rd once and 9th on the other occasion.Drevnowas the offensive line coach at Idaho for three seasons (2000-02) priorto joining the USD staff. The Vandal offense ranked 6th in the nationin 2001 and 8th in 2000. Prior to his tenure at Idaho, Drevno'sprevious coaching stops included San Jose State (offensive line -1999), UNLV (running backs - 1998) and Montana State (tight ends -1993-95; running backs 1996-97).Drevnobegan his collegiate playing career at El Camino College, where hehelped lead his club to a national title in 1987 and earned All-MissionLeague honors the following season. He then went on to start on the CalState Fullerton offensive line for two seasons.Drevno earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Cal State-Fullerton in 1992.
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Tiger Woods' DUI arrest not really a stunning development


Tiger Woods' DUI arrest not really a stunning development

Tiger Woods’ DUI has led to an awful lot of hand-wringing by people who either enjoy his slow but steady fall from grace, or want it to be a sudden plummet from grace.

The first group – well, schadenfreude is very marketable stuff these days, because so many of us choose personal misery and the right to distribute it to others on a moment’s notice.

The second group is just wrong.

Woods’ iconic years are almost a decade behind him, and his reduction through hyper-celebrity and eventually to run-of-the-mill clickbait has been a slow and overly tortured process. We have clung to his myth far too tenaciously for either his good or ours, and the reaction to his arrest and mug shot are both predictable and tedious.

There is no cautionary tale here. All the longform pieces about his tortured soul have been exhausted, and the amateur psychological studies have just become well-worn paths to the same conclusion – namely, that he was a very big deal, and through time and erosion is no longer so.

He has won six times in eight years, and no majors. He has had one burst of exemplary golf since in this decade and the rest of the time has been at best day-to-day, and at worst a perpetual patient. He is not a tragic figure, he is merely someone whose body and soul could not keep up with the rigors he damned of them.

So in that way, today’s arrest isn’t really a stunning development. It is bad, because all DUIs are bad. It is sad, because he had the access to at-a-moment’s-notice drivers above and beyond Lyft-level.

But if we must categorize this, it is mostly a reaffirmation of gravity. He rose mightily, he filled the sky for a time with a spectacular aurora, but he did not achieve earth orbit, except in the prurient new world in which everyone is reflexively famous until we decide otherwise, and now he is in re-entry.

Compared to the height of his fame, it is a massive fall. But it didn’t happen all at once, and this arrest may not even be some gothic tale of rueful self-examination. It might have been just him getting plowed, refusing to acknowledge his impaired state and trying to drive when he clearly should not have done so. It didn’t have to be any more melodramatic from that.

In short, Tiger Woods’ DUI is bad enough, because all DUIs are objectively bad. He deserves no sympathy for a stupid choice, and he shall have none. But it is not a plot point unless you decide in your head that it is, in which case it isn’t his story but yours. You want him to be a disgraceful character or a tragic figure, and as is typically the case, it is probably neither of those two poles.

The answer, of course, is most likely Occam’s Razor – the obvious one. A guy got drunk and reckless. It isn’t more evidence of a tortured soul as told by his most avid followers and his fellow torturers.

Nevertheless, we will try. Even in the current social media age, some stories hold more helium than others only because we choose to pump more into them. Tiger Woods drove drunk, and now we will decide what it means. It’s another story that is more about the reader than the subject.

Fultz a perfect fit, but do Kings have assets required to trade up?

Fultz a perfect fit, but do Kings have assets required to trade up?

It’s lonely at the top, which is where Markelle Fultz sits on almost every 2017 NBA Draft board. The Brooklyn Nets should be set for the next decade with a big time scoring point guard. Instead, it’s the Boston Celtics who have no choice but to take Fultz with the No. 1 overall selection after a savvy trade that sent veterans Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Nets for a stack of picks and players back in 2013.

Fultz can do it all. He’s deadly from the outside, he can take you off the bounce and he has elite passing skills to boot. In a draft packed with star potential, specifically at the point guard position, the freshman from Washington stands out well above the rest.  

It would take a major shake up at the top for Fultz not to have his name called first on draft night, but there are plenty of very talented players sitting on the board behind him. Here is a deeper look at the potential top overall selection.

The Positives:
Fultz has tremendous size, length and athleticism for an NBA point guard. He measured in at 6-foot-5, 195-pounds with a 6-foot-10 wingspan and has a frame built to take on muscle. At just 19-years-old, he is already well defined physically and has plenty of room to grow and get stronger.

A crafty, high-end scorer, Fultz changes speed and direction well and has an advanced Euro-step for a young player. He averaged 23.2 points in 35.7 minutes a night for the Huskies while shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 41.3 percent from three. He can score from all three levels, finish well above the rim and play through contact.

In his lone season in college, Fultz showed that he is not only a legitimate scoring threat, but he is a willing passer and an unselfish teammate. While Lonzo Ball is considered the true pass first point guard of the draft, Fultz had a higher assist rate (35.5 to 31.5) and lower turnover rate (13.4 to 18.2) than the star guard from UCLA.

Fultz rebounds well for his position, averaging 5.7 rebounds per game at Washington. He also has potential as a defender, posting 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks, although he is a work in progress on that end of the floor.

Known as a high-character kid and tireless worker off the court, Fultz has the entire package. He can also play the lead or shooting guard spot, which will come in handy if the Celtics decide to pair him with All-Star Isaiah Thomas in the backcourt.

The Negatives:
9-16 is a concern. Great college players should be able to will their team to victory, even if the talent around them is suspect. Washington was certainly worse off without Fultz down the stretch, losing their last six while he sat with a knee injury.

Shot selection and sloppy ball handling was also an issue this season. In Fultz’ defense, he played with a group that lacked overall talent and those issues might eventually disappear when he’s added to a roster that made it to the Eastern Conference Finals.  

Fultz is a quality chase down defender, but he fell asleep on plenty of plays or didn’t show a consistent fight on the defensive end. Lack of focus allowed for plenty of back cuts. He also showed an inconsistent effort fighting through screens.

He’s a work in progress on the defensive end, like most young players coming into the league. Most of these issues can easily be coached out of him at the next level.

Fultz has an advanced feel and tons of room to expand his game. On the court, he resembles another former Husky in Brandon Roy. Fultz is much further along than Roy was at the same age, but possesses both the ability to score from anywhere on the court, as well as rebound and set up his teammates.  

It’s hard to imagine the Celtics passing on Fultz with the top overall selection, but if they do, teams will scramble trying to move up to select him. He would fit perfectly in the Kings starting backcourt alongside sophomore Buddy Hield, but Sacramento lacks the assets to move from five to one, Fultz’ likely landing spot.