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GRANT COHN: What Greg Roman needs to be coaching timber

  • San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, right, talks with tight end Vernon Davis (85) during NFL football practice in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. Roman is being considered for the Penn State head coaching job. The 49ers are scheduled to play in a divisional playoff game on Jan. 14. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

We're in a football lull right now, but the 49ers are always in season.

So, let's dissect their most recent move, signing their promising offensive coordinator, Greg Roman, to a two-year extension through 2015.

Roman is a good offensive coordinator. From 2011 to 2012, the 49ers' offense ranked third in rushing yards and ninth in points per game.

Jim Harbaugh thinks Roman is great. This offseason he told Yahoo! Sports, "He's basically revolutionized offense as we know it." Move over, Bill Walsh and Sid Gillman and Mike Shanahan, because Harbaugh says Roman already has surpassed you.

Roman has expressed interest in being a head coach, but he's not one yet. Most media members believe an NFL team will hire Roman to be their head coach sooner than 2015. Some insiders expected Roman to become a head coach this past offseason.

Eight teams had head-coaching vacancies, but none hired Roman. He was available for head-coaching interviews during the 49ers' playoff bye week, but none of those eight teams interviewed him. After the bye week, NFL rules prohibited teams from interviewing Roman until the 49ers lost in the playoffs, which happened in the Super Bowl, and no team wanted to wait around that long to hire a head coach. That's what he claims.

"It's a little bit of irony," Roman told Yahoo! Sports, "the more you win the less chance you have of getting those jobs."

Is he correct?

Here are nine coordinators who were hired to be head coaches right after they went to the Super Bowl: Mike Shanahan, Bill Belichick, Norv Turner, Romeo Crennell, Ray Rhodes, Dave Wannstedt, Buddy Ryan, Ted Marchibroda and Bill Arnsparger.

If you're good enough, teams will wait for you.


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