Jan. 13, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comCoach Jim Harbaugh has yet to make any official hires to his 49ers coaching staff, but that could change in a hurry.NEWS: Stanford names Shaw head coach
David Shaw, who served as Harbaugh's offensive coordinator at Stanford, has been named Stanford head coach, the university announced Thursday morning.With that part of the equation settled, Harbaugh can proceed in finalizing plans for his own staff. Harbaugh targeted Vic Fangio to be his defensive coordinator, Comcast SportsNet reported this week. Fangio was a candidate for the Stanford head-coaching job.
Also, Greg Roman, 38, is a strong candidate to join the 49ers' staff, possibly as offensive coordinator.Update at 10:43 A.M.: CSN's Scott Reiss is reporting Greg Roman and Vic Fangio will not return to Stanford.
Roman spent two seasons with Harbaugh at Stanford. He was the team's assistant head coach, and held responsibilities with the tight ends and offensive tackles. He was also "assistant head coach of the offense." Roman also interviewed for the Stanford head-coaching job.Roman spent 13 NFL seasons with the Panthers, Texans and Ravens in a variety of roles. He coached tight ends (2002-03) and quarterbacks (2004-05) with the Texans, and was offensive line assistant with the Ravens in 2006-07 before joining Harbaugh at Stanford in 2009.MORE 49ERS THURSDAY NEWS: Sources -- Clements won't return under current deal
Harbaugh figures to take a hands-on approach to the 49ers' offense. When asked about his play-calling plans, Harbaugh was vague. He told CSN he planned to call some of the plays.Special-teams coach Brian Polian, who also interviewed at Stanford to replace Harbaugh, could also be considered for a spot on the 49ers' staff. Polian's father is Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian.Stanford assistant Tim Drevno is also a possibility to join the 49ers' staff as tight ends coach. He met with Harbaugh about a position on the staff this week, CSN reported.Former South Florida coach Jim Leavitt could be joining the Harbaugh's staff, too, according to a radio report out of Florida. The Sacramento Bee reported Leavitt is being considered for the job of 49ers' linebackers coach.
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.
The 49ers will interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after this weekend’s NFC Championship game, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.
The only remaining head-coach candidate, Tom Cable, formally withdrew from consideration, according to his agent, Doug Hendrickson. Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the 49ers also have a general manager vacancy to fill. The team is in the process of narrowing down their list of eight candidates, a source said. Seattle’s Trent Kirchner pulled his name from consideration on Tuesday. The 49ers could have a round of second interviews for the GM job.
The 49ers fired coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke after the club finished the regular season with a 2-14 record.
The 49ers conducted their first interview with Shanahan on Jan. 6, as allowed by NFL rules, when the Falcons were on their bye in the first week of the playoffs as the NFC’s No. 2 seed.
The 49ers are allowed to conduct a second interview with Shanahan next week, regardless of whether the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl or their season comes to a conclusion against the Green Bay Packers.
If the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl, the 49ers would not be able to make a formal contract offer to Shanahan until following the Super Bowl.
Shanahan, 37, is the son for two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Shanahan. He has served nine NFL seasons as an offensive coordinator. His offenses have ranked in the top-10 of total offense in six of those seasons.
Shanahan interviewed for the head-coaching vacancies with Jacksonville and Denver this offseason. Another scheduled interview with the Los Angeles Rams was canceled when Rams officials could not get to Atlanta due to weather conditions.