San Francisco 49ers

Greg Roman not following Jim Harbaugh to Michigan

Jim Harbaugh apparently went to Michigan without Greg Roman.

The 49ers' offensive coordinator, who also served under Harbaugh at Stanford, interviewed for Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator position this week, Fox Sports' Alex Marvez reported. The interview took place in Los Angeles where a delegation of Buccaneers officials was scouting the Rose Bowl.

Tampa has the top pick in the draft and could take one of the quarterbacks, Oregon's Marcus Mariota or Florida State's Jameis Winston, who played in Thursday's game.

Meanwhile, the University of Michigan is working on a deal with another long-time Harbaugh associate, Tim Drevno, who served under Harbaugh beginning at the University of San Diego. Drevno had been the 49ers' assistant offensive line coach but left to run USC's offensive line last year.

It's possible that Drevno will be Michigan's running game coordinator while another one of Harbaugh's long-time associates, 49ers wide receivers coach John Morton, runs the passing game.

Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith also is reportedly looking at ex-Bears head coach Marc Trestman and New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg for the job most recently handled by former Cal coach Jeff Tedford, who is now the head coach of the CFL's British Columbia Lions.

The Buccaneers finished 30th in offense this season. Roman’s 49ers finished 20th but had the league's fourth-best running attack. Roman had been interested in head-coaching jobs in previous seasons but felt hindered by operating in Harbaugh’s shadow.

The 49ers also reportedly let assistant offensive line coach Reggie Davis out of his contract to become the running backs coach at Nebraska. In 2011, the 49ers retained three coaches from the previous staff – running backs coach Tom Rathman, offensive line coach Mike Solari and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.

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