Harbaugh anticipates several 49ers coaches to get plucked away
Vic Fangio and Greg Roman have been the 49ers' defense and offensive coordinators respectively since 2011. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
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The day after the 49ers executed well-conceived game plans on both sides of the ball, the team’s top two assistant coaches have attracted attention for head-coaching vacancies.
Washington and Minnesota have asked the 49ers for permission to interview offensive coordinator Greg Roman for their openings, NFL Network first reported. And Washington has also asked to interview 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, ESPN reported.
Coach Jim Harbaugh in his Monday press conference confirmed there has been interest in Roman and Fangio, and he said 49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula has also drawn interest.
"It's smart on their part," Harbaugh said. "You wonder sometimes why it has taken this long."
It was not known whether Roman and Fangio will interview this week, as the 49ers prepare to face the Carolina Panthers in the NFC divisional round on Sunday. Neither coach can be hired until the 49ers’ season comes to an end.
The 49ers advanced to the divisional round with a 23-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday. The 49ers outgained the Packers 381 yards to 281. Roman’s offense converted 6 of 12 third downs (50 percent), while Fangio’s defense held the Packers to 3 of 11 (27 percent) on third downs.
Neither Roman nor Fangio has been a head coach at any level.