The Buffalo Bills have requested permission to interview 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman for their head-coaching vacancy, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday. Roman, who helped run the 49ers’ offense for the past four seasons, also has interviewed with the Buccaneers.
Roman spent two seasons under Jim Harbaugh at Stanford before being tapped to be the 49ers’ offensive coordinator when Harbaugh took the head-coaching job in 2011. Harbaugh, now at the University of Michigan, has hired another long-time associate, Tim Drevno, to help run his offense there.
Under Roman, the 49ers finished 11th in total offense in 2012, the year they went to the Super Bowl. They finished 20th or lower in each of the other three seasons, although they consistently had one of the top running games in the league.
Roman is one of several offensive assistants expected to move on. Assistant offensive line coach Reggie Davis has accepted a job at the University of Nebraska while tight ends coach Eric Mangini interviewed for the Raiders head-coaching job today. The 49ers retained two offensive coaches, running backs coach Tom Rathman and offensive line coach Mike Solari, during their last head-coaching change.
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