SANTA CLARA, Calif. - With the San Francisco 49ers going in a new direction after "mutually parting ways" with Jim Harbaugh at the conclusion of the regular season, offensive coordinator Greg Roman has started focusing on his future elsewhere.
Tuesday, ESPN reported the Buffalo Bills requested to interview Roman for their head coaching position.
In each of the previous two winters, Roman was considered an up-and-coming head coaching candidate, drawing interest from a number of NFL teams and collegiate programs, including Penn State. He interviewed for the Nittany Lions job in Chicago following the team's win over the Green Bay Packers in the wild card round of the playoffs this time last year.
The 49ers' offense struggled in 2014, making Roman the easy target for the fan base and at least one player looking to distribute blame.
Roman was responsible for calling the plays from the coach's booth upstairs down to Harbaugh on the sideline, who had veto power on each call before relaying it to quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
In the previous three seasons, however, Roman was lauded for his creative play calling and his run-play concepts. The 49ers ran the ball more than any other team in Harbaugh's first three seasons as head coach, including 2012, when Kaepernick took the league by storm with his legs while leading the team to the Super Bowl.
But Roman in 2014 tried to evolve the offense away from the physical running style that was a staple of the previous three years, asking Kaepernick to do more throwing from the pocket, while spreading teams out with more diverse looks. It backfired, for a multitude of reasons, with the offense becoming the No. 1 culprit for the team's lackluster 8-8 finish to the regular season.
There's been little news on the 49ers head coaching front. The team has two interviews later this week, with Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who both satisfy the "Rooney Rule."