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Greg Roman Discusses Offensive Outlook

Posted by Taylor Price on May 16, 2012 – 9:13 AM

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman joined the KNBR Morning Show on Wednesday to discuss the ever-changing 49ers offense, a unit which has added a number of talented weapons this offseason.

For Roman and the 49ers coaching staff, this offseason signals the first opportunity for the coaches and players to start at “square one” so to speak.

An emphasis on fundamentals has been prevalent in the team’s offseason workouts. Roman said the position coaches put together lists of tiny details each player can improve on prior to the 2012 season.

Nonetheless, Roman has been impressed with the work ethic displayed by his players.

“Guys are really pushing each other to get better at what they do,” said the coordinator who guided San Francisco to being the league’s eighth-best rushing attack in 2011, averaging 127.8 yards per game.

Roman began his interview by describing what the players would be going through on a Wednesday in the team’s Football School sessions. The coordinator said the players start to fill the parking lots early in the morning so they can do individual things like watch film or get treatment. Later in the day, the players begin an organized schedule which includes weight lifting with the team’s strength staff, football meetings at 11 a.m., on-field work and occasional conditioning work.

“Guys are really taking advantage of it,” Roman said. “It’s our first offseason here and it’s great to have this time with the players.”

Roman was asked about the emphasis Alex Smith has put on his quarterbacking mechanics this offseason. Roman said he applauded the 49ers quarterback’s decision to work with Tom House, a longtime pitching coach who’s worked with a number of high-profile clients which include Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

“It’s a great example of somebody doing something at a high level and trying to get better,” Roman said of Smith. “There were a few little things he was able to take from it and he’ll apply it because Alex is such a sharp guy.”

Motion and efficiency of motion are some of the things Smith has sharpened since his time working with House, and as Roman pointed out, “It’s a great time in the year for quarterbacks to focus on their mechanics. Once 11-man football starts, there are too many other things to be thinking about.”

Asked to comment the other quarterbacks on the 49ers roster, Roman said he was pleased with the competitiveness between Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Josh Johnson and Scott Tolzien.

“We’ve got four quarterbacks that are competing to get better every day and it’s exciting,” Roman said.

Besides quarterbacks, Morning Show host Brian Murphy wanted to know about the wide receiver additions to the offense, most notably Randy Moss and rookie first-round pick A.J. Jenkins.

Roman said he’s liked what he’s seen from both players in the brief time they’ve been working together.

“I’m starting to see what a smart football player he is,” Roman said of Moss. “Love the energy that he brings. So far I think he’s done a marvelous job.”

As for Jenkins, the OC sees his young perimeter weapon adapting just fine in his early days as an NFL player. Being around players like Moss, Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree doesn’t seem to be changing Jenkins’ mindset.

“I don’t think he’s overwhelmed, I think he’s looking at this like it’s a chance to be around successful players,” Roman said. “I’m sure those guys will take him under their wings and try to elevate his game.

“It’s a really good situation for everybody, but for A.J. Jenkins in particular.”

In closing, Roman discussed a few more 49ers rookies, second-round pick LaMichael James and undrafted Stanford wideout Chris Owusu.

Roman said the Oregon running back, the same one he faced in college while coaching for Stanford, plays bigger than his 5-foot-9, 195-pound frame.

“He’s got a very unique skill set,” Roman said. “He has a very low center of gravity which is a positive. He’s a tough player and he’s shown that. He’s got a lot to learn on this level, but so far so good.”

As for Owusu, Roman said the Stanford wideout has a leg up from knowing the basics of the 49ers offensive system.

“Chris is a really good football player. Obviously, he’s fast,” Roman said. “He comes in understanding our system, there are some changes, but he’s a guy definitely to keep an eye on in the preseason.”


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17 Responses to “Greg Roman Discusses Offensive Outlook”

  1. By 49or69allthetime on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    Man I’m pumped! Can’t wait to see the new wrinkles in the playbook/playcalling now that these guys have a whole 4 months to work together, and some new Weapons in the arsenal. Exciting time to be a Niners fan!! Go Niners!!

    Taylor – Thanks for the update for us Niners fans who miss these interviews living out of state!!

  2. By carhaulersf49er on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    EAT< SLEEP<FOOTBALL!!!!!!Cant wait! Gonna be an awsome season…. Go Frisco!!!!!

  3. By EG49er4Life on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    I too am really pumped, im just very excited that we have an offseason with the team. I think the new guys are going to be great for us, every player we get from stanford is going to be a huge plus for us. Its all about getting them rookies up to par as far as conditioning and lifting and getting stronger, I like that the stanford boys have there advantages in part of knowing the playbook to a certain point..I am just excited that we are going to be a great team again, l cant wait to see the development of our new guys, Im just really happy to be a 49er fan!!!!!

  4. By wso2hi on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    Great to read about OC seeing just how good his talent level is going to this season. IMHO, best, deepest offense in entire league. You know your fully stock when you don’t even get to Vernon Davis, Gore, Hunter, Crabtree,…
    but I still haven’t read about how Manningham is doing. This Owusu guy would make the 49er WR corp eligible for the Olympics in the 4X100. James, Moss, Owusu and Jenkins,…they wouldn’t DROP the baton, that’s for sure- and the rolling start would make Moss high gear ration lethal.
    The 49ers have the most interesting blocking schemes in the running game and it is a relief that Roman sees just how tough James is going to be aside from his obvious open field speed and elusiveness. James IS the Steal of the Draft. And after a few home runs, the league will see two new weapons to join Vernon Davis: Moss and James!
    Super Bowl!

  5. By wso2hi on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    Please, Coach Roman, draw up some plays with Moss in motion. That way he escapes the jam and runs his route right on the safety’s head.

  6. By rogercraig on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    Great to read about OC seeing just how good his talent level is going to this season. IMHO, best, deepest offense in entire league. – end of quote

    A bit of a stretch, isn’t it?

    I hope you are right, though.

  7. By rjdniner on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    I want them to win the super bowl every body’s does and when that happens I would like to see that happen this year Greg Roman will be gone unless the 49er, s everyone want to get there hands a super bowl OC , has a plane in place to keep him

  8. By Scott_S on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    I really like all our new receivers. From what I have seen of Brian Tyms (a big bodied red-zone threat) and Nathan Palmer (smaller spped guy like Owusu), they are equally impressive and could make a mark.

  9. By looneytunes65 on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    Greg Roman is such a breath of fresh air…. we hit the lottery with him.. The jimmy raye years, which i refer to as our welfare years we’re brutal.. i love the fact that he looked at the offers that he was given and answered back that he hasnt done what he has sat out to do yet. Help create another dynasty . He has a great future. as all the great coaches that have risen up from the niners organization… continue to excell, get a cpl of rings..

  10. By faccipazzo on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    The only person on the 49ers who really needs to be in motion in order to avoid The/A jam ,so that he can get off the line of scrimmage ,is [CRABTREE]. Why is A.Smith so afraid to let his receivers make a play ? The guy must be so [interception paranoid] that he don’t even know about the back shoulder throw. I’m sorry, if the guy isn’t wide open, Alex won’t throw it. EXCEPT, for Vernon Davis, who seems to be the only receiver that Alexe’s has trust in. I’m in hopes that Harbaugh’s, small runningback philosophy stays in tack. Except for Gerhart, all his runningbacks at Stanford were all about 5’9″ 210 LBS. You watch, they (TEAMS) are not going to be able to see, or find any of these backs, until they are into Secondary Space. THESE ARE NOT SMALL PEOPLE, JUST SHORT, FAST ,POWERFUL MEN. Oh yea, I forgot about the mouth, ” Brandon Jacobs ” I really hope that Frank Gore’s ”explosion” has returned. Frank has never been what you’d call ”fast” ,but it was his quick explosiveness into a hole, that seperated him from other inside runners ”, they might run him down, but it’s 50-60 yds. downfield. I wish they’d move Davis to RG. and all would be A-OK. Go-niners.

  11. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    niners are poised for making a run that being said the QB position last year was a disapointment …sounds like the coaches are expecting more of the same so we shall see ….we shall see

  12. By Ojay on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t wait until the season starts. It will be an exciting season for us. I am anxious to see how Alex will be throwing the football, since he worked worked Tom House over the offseason. We have a lot of weapons now so it is no excuses.We will be a powerhouse. Go Niners!

  13. By 49faith49 on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    its amazing how many players want to play for Coach Harbaugh…all the key free agents who want to win something from here on out will know what team join

  14. By johninchina on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    WOW ! Wouldn’t you just love to be the OC for this 49er team ? Man, talk about opening it up on offense, utilizing AS strength (?) in the shotgun formation . . . Greg Roman you must be licking your chops, and rightfully so. We saw some signs of true brilliance last season from you, your “rookie” season as OC. Can’t wait to see how this offense starts putting TD’s on the board this year in place of field goals last year. This is a new season, work hard team and enjoy the fruit of your labors. Alex, get that timing down with the receivers, and yes, give the guys a chance to make a play on the ball and learn to look off a receiver/defender and a pump fake never hurt either. Alex, you are our quarterback, lead the team with excellence and heart ! We are pulling for you AS, make it happen. And always, go 9ers !!!

  15. By IWANTSUPERBOWL on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    Alex Smith works with Tom House. Great.
    We add some excellent receivers. Great.
    But don’t forget how AS (and our backup QBs) can throw the ball to these receivers without perfect protection from ……. offensive linemen? So, please pay attention to them too.

  16. By RED N GOLD on May 17, 2012 | Reply


  17. By DC on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    Roman and JH are adding speed and dynamism to this offense, 2012 should be exciting!

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