Although the San Francisco 49ers have made no official announcement, there are reports that new coach Jim Harbaugh has made his first hire, adding Greg Roman to his staff. Roman is expected to be named offensive coordinator, although Harbaugh will be the 49ers primary play caller.
The San Jose Mercury News first reported the story.
Roman, 38, had been considered to succeed Harbaugh at Stanford, but the school named another Harbaugh assistant, David Shaw, as the team's head coach on Thursday.
So what happens with the rest of Harbaugh's staff? Vic Fangio, his defensive coordinator at Stanford, is the favorite to join Harbaugh and run the 49ers defense. Several others are likely to make a similar move.
It's clear that a number of assistants from the staff of fired coach Mike Singletary won't be back. Offensive coordinator Mike Johnson will reportedly become UCLA's O.C., and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky was named the San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator on Friday.
Vance Joseph, the 49ers secondary coach, is headed to the Houston Texans, where he'll be in charge of the secondary, and receivers coach Jerry Sullivan, who was with the team since 2005, is not returning and has said he plans to retire.
The most likely holdovers are defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, running backs coach Tom Rathman and offensive line coach Mike Solari.
UPDATE: More hires have apparently been made. CSN Bay Area reports that Fangio will be named defensive coordinator and Tim Drevno will be added, probably as tight ends coach. And the San Francisco Chronicle, citing league sources, says Ed Donatelli, a former defensive coordinator with the Falcons and Packers, will coach the 49ers secondary.
Again, there's no official word from the 49ers, but that's obviously because the team is wating for Harbaugh to fill out his entire staff before making an announcement.