AFC West: Greg Roman

The San Francisco 49ers potentially could see multiple coaches emerge as NFL head-coaching candidates this month.

A league source said some teams (there are currently six teams without a head coach) are beginning to do background work on defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. He could emerge as a candidate in the next week. As per league rule, coaches in the wild-card round (the 49ers play at Green Bay on Sunday) can’t interview this week.

Tomsula could be considered a long-shot because he’s never been a NFL coordinator. However, coaches such as Andy Reid and John Harbaugh have become successful head coaches after making the jump from an NFL positional coach.

He does have experience as a head coach in NFL Europe. Tomsula, known for an energetic personality and positive attitude, is one of the more respect defensive line coaches in the NFL.

If continued interest in Tomsula develops, he’d join offensive coordinator Greg Roman as a possible head-coach candidate. Roman’s name is floating around as a possible candidate in several spots as it did last year.

Meanwhile, USC has announced 49ers’ offensive line coach Tim Drevno will become offensive line coach at the school after the 49ers’ season ends. He has been with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh for 10 years. The team still has offensive line coach Mike Solari. The 49ers will likely fill the role in the offseason.

Upon Further Review: 49ers Week 8

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A review of four hot issues from the San Francisco 49ers' 42-10 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Sunday:

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AP Photo/Matt DunhamColin Kaepernick and the 49ers ended the first half of their season with a dominant performance.
49ers are rolling: The 49ers ended a 10-day road trip in style. They thrashed winless Jacksonville in London. This game was never in question as San Francisco led 28-0 in the second quarter. Last Sunday, the 49ers led the Titans 24-0 at one point. San Francisco has won five straight games and is 6-2 at its bye. The 49ers have scored at least 31 points in every game during the win streak. Sunday was an all-around great day for the 49ers. Kansas City improved to 8-0, so a third-round 2014 draft pick became a second-round pick to complete the trade of quarterback Alex Smith. The 49ers ended up with two second-round picks in the deal. It’s a win-win.

Trade deadline looms: Will the 49ers make a trade? The NFL trade deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. They have been rumored to be interested in receivers for weeks. Still, it is unlikely a trade is made with Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham returning. The NFL Network reported the team is willing to deal backup running back Anthony Dixon. He is a free agent at the end of the season. The 49ers likely wouldn’t get much in return for Dixon. He is a key special teamer and might be the new kick returner. Kyle Williams was benched Sunday after a miserable game.

Kaepernick is explosive: For the second straight game, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made big plays with his legs. He had 69 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries at Tennessee. Sunday, he had 54 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. The 49ers are opening up Kaepernick in the ground game as the season goes on, and that’s dangerous for opposing defenses.

Greg Roman sends message? San Francisco's offensive coordinator Greg Roman had a great night calling plays on Sunday. It was varied and aggressive. The Jaguars’ defense had no answer. It could serve as a retroactive reminder to first-year Jacksonville general manager David Caldwell, who didn’t wait to interview Roman for the Jaguars head coaching job when the 49ers went to the Super Bowl, even though Roman and Caldwell were college teammates. Caldwell went with Gus Bradley. It seems it’s just a matter of time before Roman gets the head-coaching call somewhere.
Now, that the San Diego Chargers have hired former Indianapolis executive Tom Telesco to take over as general manager, the search is fully focused on finding the team’s new head coach.

The plan is to make a hire by the end of next week. The Chargers, who fired general manager A.J. Smith and coach Norv Turner on Dec. 31, have started the coaching search, but Telesco takes over.

There have been several names connected to the job including former Chicago coach Lovie Smith, Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, UCLA coach Jim Mora and former Seattle and Green Bay coach Mike Holmgren.

I think Smith and Arians may be the favorites of that group, although anything could happen.

Two more names could be part of the team’s list as well. Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden could interest the team. Telesco played at John Carroll University with San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer could also be part of the process.

While the Chargers’ immediate ends are on offense, Telesco has worked in programs that have been led by both offensive and defensive-minded head coach.

Arians has long been considered a favorite for this job. the fact that he and Telesco were key parts of the team’s wonderful turnaround likely won’t hurt his chances. But I’m not sure if it increases the chances of Arians being hired because I think Telesco will be open minded.

Telesco is also connected to Smith in a round-about way. Telesco was with the Colts when Tony Dungy coached there. Smith is part of Dungy’s coaching tree. Overall, I think everything is one the table for San Diego as it fully concentrating on replacing Turner now that Telesco is in place.

UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Arians will tentively is set to interview with the Chargers on Monday.

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