There may be no more significant love-hate relationship than the one that 49ers fans have with offensive coordinator Greg Roman. On one hand, he’s the mastermind behind an offense that has carried this San Francisco team to three straight playoff runs, back-to-back NFC Championship Games and a 2012 Super Bowl berth. On the other, he appears to have a part in some maddening clock management issues and a good handful of questionable play calls. As it usually goes in the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately climate of sports, some fans have been calling for a change at the offensive coordinator position this season … and once this 49ers playoff run is over, they just might get it.
Also, the Vikings and Redskins have reached out to the 49ers on offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Could be interviews coming there too.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 6, 2014
The 49ers probably considered themselves lucky to avoid having him swept away by Penn State after the 2011 season and by any other team after 2012, but for Roman, the third season may be the charm. Black Monday brought pink slips to coaches all over the league, and with more and more teams going athletic at the quarterback position and looking for forward-thinking offensive philosophies, Roman and his wordy playbook may be just what the doctor ordered. There’s a chance he’ll opt to avoid finding out what the coach’s booth at Levi’s Stadium looks like.
For fans, this is a “be careful what you wish for” situation. I’ve been very critical of Roman, and I’ve done it without ever broaching the question of who takes over should he depart. Geep Chryst is a popular in-house option among speculators, but Jim Harbaugh has to have been preparing for a situation like this and, after all, who ever really knows what Harbaugh is thinking?
While nothing can happen with Roman’s coaching future until the 49ers are either eliminated or crowned Super Bowl champions, fans will have to keep an eye on the coaching vacancies in not only Washington and Minnesota, but everywhere else in the league as well. After all, they were just the first teams to call. It doesn’t mean they’ll be the last.