Matt & Mindi: Greg Roman is focused on getting 49ers to Super Bowl
SANTA CLARA -- The moment the Jacksonville Jaguars hired David Caldwell as general manager, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman's name circulated as a logical candidate for the head-coaching job.
But Roman never got so much as an interview, as the Jaguars on Thursday named former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as head coach.
When asked if he was surprised, Roman told CSNBayArea.com, "Not really. I've heard it's (his name) been out there a lot. But most of the time when that happens, it doesn't happen."
Roman and Caldwell were teammates and roommates in the 1990s at John Carroll University. Their friendship -- along with Caldwell's statement that he wanted to hire a first-time head coach -- fueled speculation that Roman would be a top candidate for the Jaguars job.
Roman interviewed for several college openings the past two years, but he has yet to be contacted by an NFL team for a head-coaching job. Of the eight teams that fired head coaches this year, the Arizona Cardinals are the only organization that has yet to fill their vacancy.
Roman, who devised a game plan last week against the Green Bay Packers that led to a 45-31 victory in an NFC semifinal, said he is consumed with constructing ways to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.
"I'm so dialed-in on this that this is the furthest thing from my mind right now," Roman said. "Believe me."
Coach Jim Harbaugh has touted his coordinators -- Roman, Vic Fangio (defense) and Brad Seely (special teams) for head-coaching openings. Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula could also warrant consideration in the future for head-coaching jobs.
"You know how I feel," Harbaugh said. "Any team would be lucky to have them as head coaches. That time will come -- very confident of that."
The Seahawks moved quickly to fill their coaching vacancy left with Bradley's move to Jacksonville. Seattle hired former 49ers assistant coach Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator. Quinn most recently was defensive coordinator at the University of Florida.