Will the 49ers go into Year 3 of the Jim Harbaugh era with their original coaching staff mostly in place?
That possibility grew stronger this morning when the Jaguars hired a prominent NFC West coordinator for their head-coaching job, but not 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Instead Jacksonville general manager David Caldwell tapped Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley to replace Mike Mularkey.
Bradley spent the last four seasons in Seattle, and his defense, which features physical cornerbacks and outstanding safeties, finished first in points allowed per game (15.3) and fourth in yards allowed (306.2). Bradley also was believed to be a favorite of the Eagles before Oregon coach Chip Kelly had a change of heart and decided to accept the Philadelphia job.
Roman, meanwhile, was roommates with Caldwell at John Carroll University where Caldwell was a linebacker and Roman was a defensive lineman. The 49ers will be in Atlanta this weekend, which is only a short plane flight to Jacksonville.
Roman's offense also was on display this past weekend, setting a 49ers franchise record for yards gained (579) in a postseason game. Last year, the 49ers only lost one assistant coach, offensive quality control coach Bobby Engram, who took a job as the receivers coach at the University of Pittsburgh.
Another Roman acquaintance, San Diego general manager Tom Telesco, hired former Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy to be the Chargers head coach. Telesco also played alongside Roman at John Carroll University. The only team that hasn't filled its vacancy is the Cardinals. Arizona has interviewed five candidates to this point.