Coaching Buzz: The Latest On Roman And Pettine

One name that’s been on our list of coaching candidates from day one is Greg Roman.

But somewhat curiously, the 49ers offensive coordinator and Ventnor, N.J. native drew no reported interest last week when teams were free to interview him.

However, that could change.

According to Matt Maiocco of, Roman could get a look in Jacksonville or San Diego because of his existing relationships with their decision-makers. The Jaguars have hired Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell as their new GM. As Maiocco explains, Caldwell and Roman were teammates and roommates at John Carroll University. Tom Telesco, who is in the mix for the Chargers GM job, also attended John Carroll and knows Roman.

The 40-year-old has never been a head coach at any level and has two years of NFL coordinator experience. He also worked on Jim Harbaugh’s staff for two years at Stanford.

As of this writing, the Eagles have not shown any interest in Roman. But as we’ve seen, the list of candidates can change on a daily basis.


Mike Pettine won’t be coming home.

The Doylestown native will join Doug Marrone’s staff as the defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills, according to Chris Mortensen.

It’s wise for the Eagles to be thorough in their coaching search, but the one disadvantage is that you can miss out on some top-level assistants like Pettine, who find jobs elsewhere.


The Eagles are expected to interview Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden at some point. But he doesn’t exactly seem eager to leave Cincinnati.

“I got called to interview for these jobs,” Gruden said, per the Bengals Web site. “I figure I better say yes or they’ll quit asking me.

“I think it will be a great experience and it’s exciting. I have every intention of coming back here. We’ve got a great group of guys here. We’re excited for the future here.”

But he explained that he does want to be a head coach – eventually.

“When you enter the coaching profession you necessarily don’t do it to be an assistant your whole life,” Gruden said. “Eventually you’d like to be top dog and run your own ship. When the time’s right. Every team has their issues and their problems. That’s why they’re looking. Eventually when the time is right, hopefully I’ll get a chance. If not this year, or next year, or the year after. I’ll be happy here because it’s a great place.”


Mike Nolan has already interviewed with the Eagles. He talked to reporters about how the meeting went.

“Like I said, it’s flattering when someone wants to talk to you, at least I think so, and especially someone like Philadelphia, which is a great organization,” Nolan said, per Fox Sports South. “They have a tremendous owner, much like we do here. Whoever ends up with that job is going to do a good job and I also appreciate the fact that it is a great organization. They don’t change coaches very often. It’s been 14 years since they changed the last time and that’s a credit to the entire organization, not just Andy, who I think is a hell of a coach.

“It’s a real credit to them. So all I really say is for someone, it’s going to be a great opportunity to be with a great organization, a great owner and all those good things. Hopefully, we’re still playing so we keep on playing.”

And finally, the Chargers have contacted UCLA coach Jim L. Mora, according to the Los Angeles Times, but he’s expected to stay put.

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  • Johngiam

    Ok, now I’m getting tired of missing out on top coordinators. When the hell is Gus being interviewed? Just ink Gus’s name on he dotted line, in time to get packers QB coach as our OC!! And before Andy Reid steals Monte Kiffin away from us, although that’s not as important as the OC, because I’m sure Gus can promote someone who has worked under him already to DC, who already will know what Gus wants defensively…but I will be thrilled to get Gus Bradley, McAdoo and Monte Kiffin

    • meh1988

      Hey man what happened to your boy Teo the other night? Still think we should draft him in the 1st round?

      • Johngiam

        Well if you missed, the past 600 posts that had me ranting about the importance of drafting star Latululei so I eyes your question is moot…funny, I can’t think of a single thing you have ever said

    • MAC

      Andy Reid is hiring Dick Jauron as his defensive coordinator. That’s what I heard. There was a report that a high end real estate person in Kansas City got a call from Jauron wife about looking for a home there and he was going to run Andy’s defense. I guess Reid wanted him to be d coordinator after fired McDermot but Jauron didn’t want to use the Wide 9 system, Can’t blame him for that one.

      • Johngiam

        Sure can’t! Yeah I heard the Jauron rumor, but I also heard theMonte rumor. But you are probably right in assuming Dick is the more logical choice…..the thing with me is who our OC and DC will be is every bit As important as who our HC will be…Most of the guys I want are all in the playoffs. I would like that first domino to drop and ATleast get the agreement in place with Bradley as our HC, so we can be ready to pounce on Mcadoo if he doesn’t get a HC job…..what worries me is the Seahawks beating the Falcons and having to wait another week before we can hire Gus..but if Seatle loses this week. We will know who our coach is next weekday one way or the other. if the Seahawks lose to the Falcons, and agus Bradley isn’t announced as our coach by next wednesday then I think it’s safe to assume that we have a deal in place with McCoy, could very well not be available to announce as your HC til after the Super Bowl if Denver keeps winning.

        • MAC

          I just heard on 97.5 Missanelli said that just heard the Eagles might be interested in Green Bay offensive coordinator Clements. Nowe he did say just heard someone in media mention it, but have not heard much on him since last off season. Clements was the QB coach in GB up until a year or two ago. Talk about dejavu maybe Lurie figures worked with Reid now lets try Clements. I do not know much about the guy but I do like the way Green Bay franchise is ran. I still want Bradley so I can watch a physical, disciplined, angry, running team. The OC is very important if we hire him I agree. Will see what happens I guess. The suspense is killing me now.

  • Johngiam

    OK, now I’m tired of the search, and don’t want to miss out on good coordinators. So can we just get this done, since our owner won’t give us what we want, THE CHIN….
    HC Gus Bradley, OC Mcadoo packers QB coach, DC Monte Kiffin!!!!! Can we please hurry up and get this staff together?

    • Johngiam

      Really getting anxious to know what style of football we will be playing in the next 5 years!!!

    • bentheimmigrant

      “We” want The Chin? He took 12 years to get a ring. In a lot of people’s eyes, Andy was a failure after 6. I doubt the Philly coach haters will give the next coach that much patience.

      • Johngiam

        can’t worry about a SB yet, right now Im worrying about the style of football we will play going forward…I’m sick of watching football played in a way that I don’t enjoy. cowher mite not get me a SB next year, but ATleast I know I will get to watch a style of football that I enjoy! just getting someone in year that will force us to actually hit someone is a good first step after what we saw this year lol

      • MAC

        I would love the chin. Cowher people forget fielded a playoff team year in and year out in Pittsburgh. Once he got a real QB he won a super bowl. Before that he had the Steelers in the super bowl with Neil O Donnell and in AFC championship with Kordell Stewart. In the NFL unless you have a Brady, Mannings, Rodgers, Brees, or Big Ben’s winning a super bowl is very tough. Therefore without one of those which they are few and far between you need a disciplined hard nosed team. The Chin provided that for sure and these players here could use someone to discipline them and get them to play as a team!! Steelers had a chance every year and that’s all you can ask for. Cowher is at the top of my list tied with Gus Bradley. Either guys and I could not be happier!!!

  • John Intindolo

    I want Gus Bradley as the HC, but Monte Kiffin won’t be the DC. It will be his good friend the Seahawks D-line coach who worked with him in Tampa and played with him at North Dakota State… Todd Wash. I do like Mcadoo as the OC or even Norv Turner.

    • Johngiam

      I would have NO problems with him making Todd Walsh the dCoordinator

      • Johngiam

        You know what really impresses me about Gus? He finds ways to incorporate unorthodox talent into a well coordinated Unit, filled with outside the box thinking..a 6’4 safety playing like a center fielder..a 320lb tackle slimmed down to 305lbs to play End….

        GUs is a guy, who will find ways to incorporate rare talent into a cohesive Unit. he is a guy, who can find something to do with a playmaker like Jarvis Jones who is suited to play a 3-4… CcIf you get Gus, it doesn’t matter what systems defenders are suited to play in, he finds a way to use their talent regardless if the play doesn’t traditionally fit his scheme. You get Gus any type of talent, and he will find a way to use it! I don’t care what player fits what scheme, Gus will find a way to use it.

        Their motto in Seatle is not to worry about what a player Can’t do…they figure out what a player can do, and find a way to excentuate those talents to form a well coordinated cohesive machine that hits everything that moves. heis ones f the most creative coordinators in the Nfl along side ray Horton…

        please hand the keys of this franchise to Gus! Make sure you do it in time for h I’m to snatch up the packers qb coach as our coordinator

      • MAC

        I agree with that. Want Bradley so bad, but not feeling like that is going to happen. Just feel like Lurie obsessed with offense. Hope I am wrong cause Bradley seems like a hidden Gem. Saying that i hope he brings in a great offensive mind as well, just really hope whoever would be his offensive coordinator has a history of developing QB’s. Either way just want Bradley and would be good with him bringing his d line coach from seattle. They got Chris Clemons playing like a pro bowl pass rusher so i am good with that.

  • Guest

    I meant Todd Wash… my bad

  • Guest

    and it was North Dakota State not North Western that they played at together.