Greg Roman's Cincinnati ties

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Greg Roman's Cincinnati ties

SANTA CLARA -- Greg Roman, the 49ers' offensive coordinator, has a unique history with the Cincinnati Bengals.At the age of 11, Roman performed odd jobs for legendary NFL coach and Bengals owner Paul Brown. Roman helped the Bengals -- retrieving footballs during pregame warmups -- in Super Bowl XXIII. That's the game in which John Taylor caught the last-minute touchdown pass from Joe Montana in the 49ers' 20-16 victory."I was most upset for Mr. Brown because I thought that would be his last chance to win a championship, so that was a tough one," Roman said Thursday.
Roman said Brown had a profound influence on him. Bill Walsh served seven years on Brown's coaching staff but was passed over for the head-coaching job when Brown stepped down.Roman, 39, did not know Walsh personally, but he learned a great deal about him over the summer with the help of the 49ers video library. NFL Films sent the 49ers boxes of Walsh videos from their archives. Roman said he watched 60 DVDs of Walsh in installation meetings at home in June and July after his family had gone to bed."A lot of late nights," Roman said. "I'd get to bed at 3 in the morning quite a bit. I'd watch them when everybody went to bed. A little pop corn. It was good."And what did he learn about Walsh?"He was a brilliant guy," Roman said. "He was great at getting his point across. Those were a true pleasure to watch."Do the videos stand the test of time?"No question," Roman said. "I think his ability to teach and get his point across stand the test of time. Really, the plays and all that don't matter. A play is a play. Everybody runs plays. But his ability to formulate a plan and get that plan across over the course of time was something special."When I watch them in 1984, getting ready to play the Bears. Then, they play the Giants in '88, you could see the evolution and take it all the way through. And you could see how he evolved, as well, with his communication style. It was very different than it was early in the '80s."

49ers scheduled to meet with Garrett, the likely No. 1 overall pick

49ers scheduled to meet with Garrett, the likely No. 1 overall pick

The 49ers have a visit scheduled with the presumptive top pick in the upcoming draft.

The 49ers, owners of the No. 2 overall selection, will visit with Texas A&M pass-rusher Myles Garrett, he told reporters Thursday at this pro day, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

General manager John Lynch attended Garrett's pro day in College Station, Texas.

Garrett said he has upcoming visits with the 49ers and Chicago Bears.

Each NFL team is allowed to bring in 30 draft-eligible prospects from outside their area. The 49ers have their list of 30 prospects already finalized, Lynch said.

In addition, teams can visit with an unlimited number of local prospects. The 49ers’ local pro day -- featuring athletes from Stanford, Cal, San Jose State and prospects from the Bay Area who played college football elsewhere – is scheduled for April 12 in Santa Clara.

The Cleveland Browns hold the No. 1 overall pick, and coach Hue Jackson ruled out the possibility of the team trading that selection for a quarterback. Garrett is considered the overwhelming favorite to be chosen with the No. 1 overall selection.

"We're getting closer to it but the draft is the 27th (of April),'' Jackson said at the NFL owners meetings. "I think it's a little soon to really say it's this guy or that guy.”

Garrett (6 foot 4, 272 pounds) recorded 31 sacks and 47 tackles for loss during his three-year college career.

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon plays angry

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon plays angry

Among the players the 49ers first targeted for their rebuilding project is a wide receiver who has nine years of NFL experience and turns 31 early in training camp.

Coach Kyle Shanahan pinpointed Pierre Garçon to be his top addition at wide receiver. Garçon is coming off the second 1,000-yard season of his career. His career-best output came was his 113-catch, 1,346-yard season in 2014 with Shanahan as Washington's offensive coordinator.

“I’ve always loved Pierre just because of how angry he plays,” Shanahan said at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. “He gives you his all. He plays extremely aggressive. The best leaders are the guys who lead by example. Pierre’s not going to say much, but you know he’s going to go out there and fight every single play no matter what the situation is, whether it’s run or pass. That elevates everyone around him.”

Within the first two days of free agency, the 49ers signed Garçon, Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson. The 49ers had earlier signed slot receiver Jeremy Kerley to an extension, while not pursuing Quinton Patton, who signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets.

“You go into free agency and you study all the free agents who are available and then you stack them and see who can help you team the most,” Shanahan said. “Pierre was at the top of that list. Also knowing him made me feel better about that because you know exactly what you’re getting.

“But it all starts with the tape. It was very encouraging to turn on the tape and watch the level Pierre is still playing at. When you see that on tape and you also know the type the guy. I was very excited to get him.”