Niners lock up OC Greg Roman through 2015

6/20/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsVeteran defensive end Justin Smith wasn’t the only individual who was signed to an extension by the San Francisco 49ers on Monday. The team also inked offensive coordinator Greg Roman to a two-year extension today. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately known as the 49ers did not release a statement regarding Greg Roman’s contract.
Roman came to the Bay Area in 2011, as Jim Harbaugh took over the reins of head coaching the 49ers after two-seasons with Roman at Stanford. The 49ers had two productive seasons as Roman reinvigorated the offense that had been previously lacking some explosiveness for a while now. On the heels of a 11-4-1 record in 2012, the 49ers offense finished fourth in rushing yards and third in rushing attempts.
Along with Harbaugh, Roman helped guide the 49ers to back-to-back NFC West titles, two NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl appearance. Former 49ers QB Alex Smith’s career also took off under Roman as he had his best post season when the team advanced the NFC Championship Game in 2011. Roman also meticulously managed the gradual transition from Smith to Colin Kaepernick at quarterback last season. His creative schemes in San Francisco helped Kaepernick reestablish identity from a raw Nevada prospect to one of the most promising playmakers in the league following last season’s Super Bowl run.
“I think Greg Roman has done a job that is revolutionary in football,” Jim Harbaugh said of Roman’s accomplishments in San Francisco, during January. “I think the way he has mixed the trap, the power, the wham plays, into the pistol offense and into our conventional offense has been revolutionary in many ways.”
Despite his recent success, the 49ers’ Super Bowl run ended any serious offers other teams could have made to Roman. He is committed to return to the 49ers’ sidelines for this season to play out original deal with the team. However, Greg Roman can opt to leave the team before his contract extension kicks after the 2013 season. If the 49ers offense continues to perform at the current level, Roman is certain to attract a lot of interest for a head coaching job from other teams next offseason. He has constantly been in the mix for head coaching jobs and previously expressed interest in such an arrangement.
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