Here is today’s 49ers press release announcing three new coaches, all following Jim Harbaugh to the 49ers from Stanford.



The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have named Greg Roman offensive coordinator, Vic Fangio defensive coordinator and Tim Drevno offensive line coach.

“I am very excited that these three men are now part of the 49ers coaching staff,” said 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. “They bring a wealth of knowledge and a level of professionalism that I am certain will transfer positively to our team. Vic has 24 NFL seasons under his belt and Greg has 13, so they know firsthand what it takes to win at this level.”

Roman, 38, enters his 14th season in the NFL, having been a member of the coaching staffs for the Carolina Panthers (1995-2001), Houston Texans (2002-03) and Baltimore Ravens (2006-07). He most recently spent the past two seasons on Jim Harbaugh’s Stanford coaching staff. Roman joined the Cardinal in 2009 as the running game coordinator, with position responsibilities of tight ends and offensive tackles. This past season, he kept those responsibilities, but also added the duties of associate coach and assistant head coach of the offense.

Roman helped oversee a Cardinal offense in 2010 that ranked 9th nationally in points scored (40.3 points/game), 14th in total yards per game (472.5), 17th in rushing yards per game (213.8) and first in time of possession (34:34). Over the past two years, the Cardinal allowed the fewest sacks (13) and second-highest time of possession average (33:20) in the nation, during that time span. Stanford allowed just seven sacks in 2009 and six sacks in 2010, ranking 2nd in the nation both years. A year prior, Roman’s sophisticated blocking schemes and knowledge of the running game were major factors in the Cardinal amassing a single-season school record of 2,837 yards on the ground in 2009.

Prior to arriving at Stanford, Roman served as the assistant offensive line coach for a Baltimore Ravens team that captured the 2006 AFC North Division title with a regular season mark of 13-3. He helped the Ravens improve to 17th in the NFL in total offense and 2nd in fewest sacks allowed with 17, setting a franchise record.

Prior to joining the staff in Baltimore, Roman enjoyed a four-year coaching stint with the Houston Texans, serving as the team’s tight ends (2002-03) and quarterbacks coach (2004-05). As tight ends coach, Roman tutored Billy Miller, who led the Texans with 91 receptions over two seasons. He also guided former 2002 NFL first round draft pick David Carr, who had his best season under Roman in 2004 when he passed for 3,531 yards and an 83.1 quarterback rating.

Roman launched his coaching career with the Carolina Panthers in 1995, the team’s inaugural season in the NFL, when he was named the strength and conditioning assistant/defensive quality control coach, while also working with the defensive backs and the linebackers. In 1996, the Panthers set a NFL record for most wins by an expansion team, as Carolina won the NFC West crown and advanced to the NFC Championship game. He then moved to the offensive side of the ball as Carolina’s offensive quality control coach for two seasons (1997-98) before assuming the role of offensive assistant for the 1999 and 2000 campaigns. As the team’s offensive assistant, he worked with both the run-and-pass game strategy and implementation, helping the Panthers finish 2nd in the NFL in passing offense and 5th in yards per rush. Roman worked as the team’s assistant offensive line coach in his final season with the Panthers in 2001.

A three-year letter-winner and two-year starting defensive lineman at John Carroll University from 1990-93, Roman earned All-Ohio Conference honorable mention honors following his senior season.

A native of Ventnor, N.J. and a graduate of Holy Spirit High School, Greg and his wife, Dana, have three children, Connor, Gregory and Emily.

Fangio, 52, enters his 25th season coaching in the NFL, which includes 11 years of experience as a defensive coordinator for three NFL teams – Carolina (1995-98), Indianapolis Colts (1999-2001) and Houston Texans (2002-05).

Fangio most recently served as the defensive coordinator for Stanford in 2010, where he led one of the nation’s top defenses. The Cardinal finished the regular season ranked in the top-25 nationally in five defensive categories, while improving from 90th in total defense in 2009 to 24th in 2010.

Prior to joining Stanford, Fangio served on the Baltimore Ravens coaching staff as a special assistant to the head coach in 2006, with primary duties on the defensive side of the ball. In his four seasons with Baltimore, the Ravens led the NFL in total defense in 2006, ranked second in 2008 and third in 2009.

Fangio spent the previous four seasons as the defensive coordinator of the Houston Texans (2002-05). His 2002 defense ranked eighth in the AFC overall and fourth in the conference in pass defense. In 2004, the Texans set a team record and ranked fifth in the NFL with 22 interceptions, five of which were returned for touchdowns.

Fangio served as the defensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts from 1999-2001. The Colts posted a 13-3 record in Fangio’s first season after going just 6-26 the previous two years. Indianapolis won its first division title in 15 years, while the Colts defense improved from last to 15th under his guidance.

In 1995, Fangio was named defensive coordinator of the expansion Carolina Panthers under head coach Dom Capers. The Panthers tied for seventh in total defense and ranked sixth in scoring defense, 10th in rushing defense, fifth in takeaways and second in defensive passer rating in its inaugural season.

In 1996, the Panthers won the NFC West title and reached the NFC Championship game in just their second year of existence. The Panther defense allowed just 218 points on the year, ranking second in the NFL.

Fangio spent nine seasons as the linebackers coach of the New Orleans Saints, starting in 1986. Fangio coached the vaunted “Dome Patrol,” which included All-Pro linebackers Rickey Jackson, Pat Swilling, Sam Mills and Vaughan Johnson. That group was later voted the best linebacking unit in NFL history by NFL Network.

After attending East Stroudsburg University, Fangio began his coaching career in 1979 as the linebackers coach at his alma mater, Dunmore (PA) High School, and was later promoted to defensive coordinator in 1980. He spent 1982 as the defensive coordinator at Milford (CT.) Academy before landing his first collegiate coaching position at the University of North Carolina, where he served as a graduate assistant in 1983.

Following a one-year stay in Chapel Hill, Fangio spent the 1984 and 1985 seasons as a defensive assistant with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars of the USFL, helping the team to back-to-back league titles. Fangio was inducted into the Northeast Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 1993.

Drevno, 41, joins the 49ers after 18 seasons coaching in the collegiate ranks. He most recently served as a member of Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff at Stanford over the last four seasons.

Over the course of the past two seasons, Drevno coached a Cardinal offensive line that allowed just 13 sacks during that span, ranking 2nd in the nation in 2009 (7) and in 2010 (6). In addition, the Cardinal offensive line led the way for a ground game that set a school record with 2,837 rushing yards (11th nationally – 218.2 yards/game) in 2009, followed by 2,779 yards in 2010.

Prior to his arrival at Stanford, Drevno was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at the University of San Diego (2003-06). The Toreros won back-to-back NCAA Division I-AA Mid-Major national titles and Pioneer League championships in 2005 and 2006. Under his direction as offensive coordinator, the Toreros led the nation in total offense twice, finished 3rd once and 9th on the other occasion.

Drevno was the offensive line coach at Idaho for three seasons (2000-02) prior to joining the USD staff. The Vandal offense ranked 6th in the nation in 2001 and 8th in 2000. Prior to his tenure at Idaho, Drevno’s previous coaching stops included San Jose State (offensive line – 1999), UNLV (running backs – 1998) and Montana State (tight ends – 1993-95; running backs 1996-97).

Drevno began his collegiate playing career at El Camino College, where he helped lead his club to a national title in 1987 and earned All-Mission League honors the following season. He then went on to start on the Cal State Fullerton offensive line for two seasons.

Drevno earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Cal State-Fullerton in 1992.

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  1. Stan

    They have nice resumes. But,the 49ers arent much of a rebuild-as we all know. They should go 10-6. I just want to know if its a hard fought 10-6 with a not so good QB,or a coast to 10-6 if the niners pick up a Kolb or Vince Young.

    January 14th, 2011 6:00 pm

  2. dennypat

    That may be the best question – who is the next interum QB and who will be the franchise QB.
    I think the new coaches will be fine. Surround a new NFL coach with as much NFL experience as possible.

    January 14th, 2011 7:21 pm

  3. htwaits


    You’re kidding. Right? A group of players that went 6-10, a new coach, no quarterback prospects, and a lockout pending that will probably prevent any meaningful preseason work between the staff and the players is going to need several miracles to go 8-8 or better.

    January 14th, 2011 9:10 pm

  4. Mark M

    It’s all fine, Harbaugh bringing in his own people. These are the obvious first steps and the new coach is using his authority to change things up with this team and build his own staff. But they need eventually to turn over this roster. You can’t keep the same Nolan people that have been losing for years here. The transformation needs to include the majority of the roster eventually before they will start winning. It scares me to hear all this talk of how they are just a few tweaks away from winning. As if a decent QB is the only issue. No, there is a culture of losing on this team that needs to be cleansed. The secondary is poor, and our outside pass rushers disappear most games. The offensive line might stay as it’s tough to rebuild that from scratch and the current group is young and full of high draft picks. That’s a tough call. But we need RBs, WRs and a QB. Hardly a small project for the new coach. Hope York and Baalke don’t have too much say on this. We all know how much they hate change.

    January 14th, 2011 10:38 pm

  5. Johnc

    It is going to take time to get all the pieces in place (players) but it is refreshing to finally have professionals in charge of this team.

    January 15th, 2011 1:41 am

  6. dongo

    I’m sure they’ll do just fine. No coach Sing to crush creativity.

    January 15th, 2011 7:08 am

  7. Neal

    This is all nice but here comes the hard part we have to wait for the draft and maybe several more months for a QB,

    January 15th, 2011 10:00 am

  8. Pete

    Mark M, they’re not as far away as it may seem. There are some very good core players on this roster, they’ll be adding some more and a good competent coaching staff will bring out the best in many players. Look for huge improvements all around, this coach burns inside for a wins and respect and will not tolerate sub standard play. He (coach Harbaugh) isn’t going to let his brother have bragging rights at family gatherings and he sure isn’t going to let Pete Carroll out shine him in the NFC west.

    January 15th, 2011 10:59 am

  9. Thomas


    I do not agree entirely with your assessment, as a lot of the talent on this team is young. The culture, of course, needs to change, but this team was so obviously out schemed and poorly coached that even if the roster maintained, improvement would be made.

    There are many areas of need, like you said, CB, pass rush, pass protection, but I firmly believe this coaching staff will be able to utilize its players much more effectively, and we’ll be able to properly evaluate our talent (Crabtree, A. Davis, Rachal, Morgan).

    There is no way that I could reasonably expect anything out of this team for next year, as it has no QB, but thank goodness the season starts in September and not now.

    If only there’s a new CBA.

    January 15th, 2011 11:29 am

  10. glenellen

    Fingers are crossed for the 49ers having a good draft and possibly a good trade or two. Last year they had a few players that just quit the team. It must have been pretty bad times for a player to quit an NFL Team, or force a trade. Some of these players are still playing in the playoffs. It will be all better just drinking the new kool aid they have now.

    January 15th, 2011 1:48 pm

  11. Ringing Bill

    Btw…Harbaugh brought NFL coaches to Stanford = Roman and Fangio have extensive NFL experience. I mention this/that because I think there is an unusual amount of chatter about who can and cannot succeed based on their relationship to college coaching. Walsh came from Stanford after also having (only) some NFL experience…

    Also Roman and David Carr have a relationship from their Texan days.

    January 15th, 2011 2:29 pm

  12. Ringing Bill

    Stan – I cannot wait to ask you your guesstimate on who KNBR will hire to replace their Sportsphone 680 host who is leaving…
    Will they promote someone?
    That is NOT any easy hire as it will take someone with at least some expertise to fill FP’s sandals….
    Jaimee Sire – Damon Andrews – back to DamonBruce – Joe Castellanos – Rick Tittle – Wille Brown – Mindy Bach – Ray Woodson – Chris Townsend or even Larry Kruegar…
    IMO please no Byrnes – Dibbley or PConn.

    January 15th, 2011 3:15 pm

  13. glenellen

    Good for F.P. on his promotion. Who will apply ?
    Damon Andrews
    Bip Roberts
    Rob Schneider (life long Giants fan)
    Henry Wofford (too much Howard Cosell)

    January 15th, 2011 6:04 pm

  14. Ron

    This is hilarious news.. So now they’re the Stanford 49ers??.. HAHA priceless.. We all know how college coaches turn out in the big boy NFL league and now San Stanford has thrown they’re own to the dumpster in favor of 3 ( COUNT EM THREE!! ) college coaches at the most important positions : HC, OC, DC… Steve Spurrier, Dennis Erickson, Nick Saban, Bobby Petrino, Lane Kiffin and now Jim Harbaugh… This is Beautiful

    January 17th, 2011 11:20 pm

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