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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Source: Packers execs make list of 49ers GM finalists

Source: Packers execs make list of 49ers GM finalists

Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf will be among the finalists to receive second interviews for the 49ers general manager position, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Wednesday morning.

Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton will also be among the finalists, reports the NFL Network, but a second interview with him has yet to be confirmed, a source said.

The 49ers are also expected to bring in another candidate or two for a second interview, a source said.

The second interviews are expected to take place after Sunday, when the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers play in the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers will have a second interview with Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for the head-coaching position.

The 49ers are expected to make a formal offer to Shanahan to become the team’s next head coach, and the NFL Network reported Tuesday night it is “almost certain” he will accept. The 49ers will be allowed to speak with Shanahan next week, regardless of Sunday's outcome, but are not allowed to hire Shanahan until the Falcons' season is over. 

The 49ers interviewed nine candidates for the general manager position. Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner removed his name from consideration on Tuesday.

Sources say that Kirchner and coach candidate Tom Cable, Seattle’s offensive line coach, were in serious talks with the 49ers on Tuesday about filling the organization’s top two positions. But Kirchner and Cable felt like they were being used as leverage to land Shanahan as the head coach.

The other general manager candidates who interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe were Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough, Seattle co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer, ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, Carolina assistant general manager Brandon Beane, Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III.

Gutekunst, 43, is in his 18th season with the Green Bay and his first as director of player personnel. He and Wolf originally interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 5.

Gutekunst received a new title prior to last season after Packers general manager Ted Thompson denied permission for him to interview for the director of player personnel job with the Tennessee Titans. He was also denied from joining the Philadelphia Eagles’ personnel department in 2015 during Chip Kelly’s tenure with the team.

Wolf, 32, is in his first season as Green Bay’s director of football operations after receiving a promotion after being denied an opportunity to interview with the Detroit Lions last year.

Wolf is the son Hall of Fame executive Ron Wolf. He has also worked closely through the years with current NFL general managers Reggie McKenzie, John Schneider and John Dorsey.

Report: Shanahan 'almost certain' to accept 49ers' offer

Report: Shanahan 'almost certain' to accept 49ers' offer

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is reportedly “almost certain” to accept the 49ers’ offer to become head coach.

Shanahan is the lone remaining candidate among the six individuals who interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe. The 49ers plan for a second interview with Shanahan and a job offer, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Shanahan is expected to accept the 49ers’ offer, reports Michael Silver of the NFL Network, citing sources familiar with both parties.

The 49ers continued to work Tuesday evening on the process of narrowing down the general manager choices, a source said. Shanahan is expected to play a role in the select the team’s next GM, sources said.

On Tuesday, Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable and Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner removed their names from consideration for the vacant coach and general manager positions. The 49ers fired Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke after the 49ers' 2-14 season.

One source said Cable and Kirchner believed the 49ers were using them as leverage to hire Shanahan. Cable interviewed with 49ers co-chair Denise DeBartolo York over the phone on Tuesday, NFL Network reported.

The 49ers are allowed to interview Shanahan for a second time after the Falcons’ NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The 49ers are prohibited from hiring or making a formal contract offer to Shanahan until the Falcons' season has concluded.

The top remaining candidates for the general manager job are believed to be Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf, Arizona's Terry McDonough and Minnesota's George Paton.