Roman, Tomsula passed over for Vikings job

Fangio, Roman respond to their involvement in coaching rumor mill

Roman, Tomsula passed over for Vikings job
January 15, 2014, 8:00 am
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The Browns are believed to be waiting until some coaches who remain in the playoffs become available. (USATSI)

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The Minnesota Vikings, who interviewed two 49ers assistants over the weekend in Charlotte, N.C., hired Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer on Wednesday as their head coach, according to multiple reports.

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Offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula (shown, below right) interviewed with Vikings executives on Saturday, one day before the 49ers’ NFC divisional-round playoff game against the Carolina Panthers.

The only remaining NFL head-coaching job that has yet to be filled is the Cleveland Browns. Rob Chudzinski was fired after one season. Although no 49ers assistants have been connected with the job, the Browns are believed to be waiting until some coaches who remain in the playoffs
become available.

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Browns general manager Mike Lombardi was a finalist for the 49ers' GM job in 2011. The 49ers hired Trent Baalke. Lombardi and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh know each other well. And Lombardi’s son, Mick, is in his first season in his role with the 49ers as assistant to the head coach.

Earlier in the offseason, Washington requested permission to interview Roman and 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Neither interview took place before Washington hired Jay Gruden as head coach. One 49ers official told CSNBayArea.com that Washington never called Roman or Fangio to inform them the club had already made a decision.

In line image of Jim Tomsula provided by the Associated Press