Following the hiring of Dave Caldwell as the new general manager of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Albert Breer of NFL Network reiterated what has been reported by multiple people, San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman is expected to be a candidate for the team's head coaching position if Mike Mularkey is fired.
The future of Mularkey will be the first decision that Caldwell will make as GM, and according to most reports it doesn't look good for the 2012 hire. CBS Sports' Pete Prisco tweeted that, while Mularkey and Caldwell worked together on the same team in Atlanta, "they weren't exactly chummy." Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports also said Mularkey is probably on the way out, tweeting that the team is "very likely to announce they are parting ways" with the coach.
If Mularkey is fired, the Jaguars would not be allowed to immediately hire Roman as they would have to first satisfy the Rooney Rule by interviewing a minority candidate. In doing so, they would likely make the interview process one with several candidates, but the 49ers coordinator is expected to be one.
Roman and Caldwell attended school together at John Carroll University before both moving on with careers in the NFL. Roman had coaching experience with the Panthers, Texans and Ravens before joining Jim Harbaugh's staff at Stanford. He followed Harbaugh to his current position with the 49ers.