49ers announce Fangio, Roman, Drevno hires

49ers announce Fangio, Roman, Drevno hires

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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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A's spring training update Day 6: Davis savors winter in Oakland

A's spring training update Day 6: Davis savors winter in Oakland

MESA, Ariz. — Khris Davis enjoyed quite an offseason travel itinerary, checking out Toronto, taking in the beaches of Hawaii and dining on lobster in Belize.

However, it was the time spent in his adopted hometown of Oakland that most struck a chord with the A’s left fielder. After finishing his first season with the A’s, Davis followed through on his plan to make his offseason home in Oakland, and he was glad he did.

“I got to just feel the heart of the city,” he said upon arriving at camp Sunday. “That was basically the purpose of why I was there. … I wanted to feel Oakland. I love it, honestly. I love the city.”

He trained at Dogtown Athletic, a gym in West Oakland. He took part in the A’s holiday party for kids at the Oakland Zoo, joined by A’s Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, who grew up in the city.

“Just to feel these kids’ happiness,” Davis said. “They didn’t look at me as a baseball player. They just looked at me as a role model kind of.”

It should be music to the ears of A’s fans that the team’s most dangerous hitter has a love affair with the city he plays in. If the A’s ever entertained the idea of trying to sign Davis to a multi-year extension, and that’s purely hypothetical here, it would help that Davis feels comfortable in his surroundings.

Even when he described Oakland in edgy terms, such as when he said it “has its dark side,” he seemed to find it endearing.

In return, Davis felt the love from the fan base in 2016, hitting a career-high 42 homers with a team-best 102 RBI. That was despite the awful start he got off to, hitting .143 and mustering just one RBI over his first 12 games.

Obviously, any chances the A’s have of improving last year’s American League-worst offense rely on the 29-year-old Davis having another big year. But over-analysis is one thing he tries to avoid.

“I don’t want to get caught up in last year — the slow start and the strong finish, whatever,” he said. “However it was, I’m just ready to do this year.”

Davis decided to back out of his plan to play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, saying his main priority was preparing for his A’s season.

“My main focus is to perform for the organization,” he said. “I feel like I want to get off on the right foot this year.”

NOTEWORTHY: Heavy showers continued to pelt Mesa on Sunday, spoiling the A’s first full-squad workout. The hitters were relegated to swinging in the cages and playing catch, while pitchers were scheduled for a day off from throwing on the mound anyway.

“If ever there was a day, at least for the pitchers, that you don’t need to (work out), it’s today,” manager Bob Melvin said. “But when you have everybody there on the first day, you wanna get out on the field and do everything. Hopefully we can incorporate everything tomorrow.”

The A’s have a whopping 70 players in camp, more than in any other spring Melvin can remember as a big league manager. He addressed the full team in a meeting Sunday morning.

His message?

“We’re gonna have to outwork, out-hustle everybody like we have in the past,” he said, “and get back to playing the game with the same tenacity that we did a couple years ago.”

FAMILIAR FACE: Longtime A’s second baseman Mark Ellis is back for the second year in a row as a spring infield instructor. The plan is for Ellis to spend a week with the team now, then another week later in camp.

“I’ll take Mark Ellis as many days as I can have him,” Melvin said.

LIGHTER SIDE: Nursing his broken right foot, starting pitcher Daniel Mengden has been making his way through the clubhouse on a knee scooter in order to keep pressure off his foot.

Apparently, it looks more fun than it really is.

“I contribute to society Friday, when I can start walking again,” Mengden quipped.

Giants spring training Day 7: Rule change should help Bochy

Giants spring training Day 7: Rule change should help Bochy

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — On one of the many nights last season when his bullpen imploded, Bruce Bochy nearly put a catcher on the mound. Trevor Brown ended up playing an inning of third base on June 28 as the Giants gave up eight runs over the final two innings in a brutal loss to the A’s, and he said this week that he was told he was the next man up on the mound. 

That night was an odd one, as a tired bullpen was waiting for Sergio Romo to get activated off a rehab assignment and trying to get by without long reliever Chris Stratton, who had thrown 57 pitches out of the ‘pen the night before. The bench was also short because Joe Panik was about to be put on the concussion DL.

Bochy hopes he doesn’t have to deal with such a situation this season, and not just because the bullpen should be much improved. The disabled list lasts 10 days now, not 15, and Bochy is thrilled with the new rule.

“The DL thing, I really like it,” he said. “You get caught in that gray area so often.” 

Bochy met with league officials on Saturday to go over some of the rule changes. DL stints can now be made retroactive just three days, but it’s still a vast improvement overall. 

“With (position) players and pitchers it’s going to make it easier to DL guys,” Bochy said. “If you’re looking at (starting) pitchers, they could miss just one start.”

The Giants have often played a man or more short, trying to get by day-by-day to give a position player or starter time to heal. Around camp, this could be called the Angel Pagan Rule, as the former Giants outfielder often missed a week or so before officially going on the DL. At times, Bochy has been patient with players like Buster Posey and Hunter Pence, knowing that even if they missed a week, keeping them off the DL could still earn the Giants seven or eight games with a big bat back in the lineup. If a future diagnosis is that a player will miss a week, it’ll be much easier to swallow putting him on the 10-day DL than it was for the 15-day. Likewise, the Giants will take advantage of the change if a pitcher will have to miss a start. 

Bochy has said often that he would like every reliever to go on the DL during the season to freshen up. That’ll make more sense now, and it should keep the Giants from having to play as many games where the bullpen is gassed and a backup catcher is preparing to pitch. For guys like Stratton — a versatile pitcher on the 40-man roster — it should also lead to increased trips up to the big leagues to fill gaps. 

INJURY UPDATE: Pence (side muscle) took 25 swings during a live BP session in the cage and Bochy said he’s doing much better. That was about the only significant activity Sunday. Once again, the workout was rained out. Bochy said the Giants have enough time to get guys ready for the Cactus League opener on Feb. 24, but they’ll likely hold some big-name pitchers out of the early games. Brandon Crawford and Posey will get plenty of early starts to prepare for the WBC. 

PROSPECT WATCH: If the early games are turned over to prospects, Dan Slania will be an interesting guy to watch. Slania is listed at 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, so he always had the look of an imposing reliever. But his greatest success last season came after a surprise move to the rotation. 

Slania, a 2013 fifth-round pick out of Notre Dame, got a call on his 24th birthday telling him to prepare to start because of an injury in Richmond’s rotation. He had not started a game since high school, but his four-pitch mix worked. He had a 5.32 ERA out of the bullpen but it dropped to 1.48 in 10 starts for the Flying Squirrels. In two Triple-A starts, he struck out 14 over 13 innings while allowing just eight hits and two runs. The Giants put him on their 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. 

“He had a great year last year,” Bochy said. “He’s in camp for a reason. He’s got great stuff and a good makeup.”

RULE CHANGE: One more thing that came out of that rules meeting: Managers who are out of challenges now have to wait until the eighth inning to ask an umpire to look at a play.

QUOTABLE: “We know he’s better off taking some days. We talked about it (with him). He agrees that it’ll help him.” Bochy on Pence’s workload. The right fielder is coming off two injury-marred seasons, and the Giants have no intention of even trying to get him back to his Iron Man days.