There’s a lot to like about San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman. I repeat, a lot.
He’s energetic, he’s thoughtful and perhaps most important of all, he knows how to put his players in position to win.
Twenty-seven victories in two seasons later, those impressive traits were recently documented by esteemed Yahoo! Sports writer Michael Silver, who wrote a solid profile on the 49ers play-caller. Silver and Roman spoke for so long over lunch recently, the 49ers coordinator’s car was impounded. Not to worry, Roman picked his car up and got back to doing what he loves.
Silver went into detail on how Roman is moving on from Super Bowl XLVII and how the game’s final sequence overshadowed a stellar season in 2012.
“The upshot is especially cruel,” Silver wrote. “Roman, the man who probably dialed up more brilliant calls than anyone in the business last season, the audacious innovator who overhauled the Niners’ offense on the fly in midseason and literally and figuratively unveiled formations that turned the football world upside down, is the guy getting blasted by half the folks who’ve ever held a Madden joystick.”
But don’t only take Silver’s words. Consider the comments from two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley.
“I’ve never been around a coordinator who understands everything,” Staley told Silver. “Not just X’s and O’s and how you draw it up, but the bigger picture, too. Watching games [on tape], I find myself saying, ‘This is a perfect call here.’ It seems seamless to him. There are a lot of guys who are really smart with plays and who run creative schemes, but it’s the way you call those plays that makes all the difference. He’s great at both. He’s very innovative.”
Roman continues to find ways to make the 49ers better in 2013 and is surely eager to work with recently acquired quarterback Colt McCoy, in addition to installing more wrinkles to the hybrid offense the 49ers ran last season.
Roman can analyze the Super Bowl outcome all he wants, but in the back of his mind he knows there’s more to come from his offensive unit.
“The reality is, if you’ve got a guy who can throw the ball like [Colin Kaepernick] can and run it like he can, it eventually becomes a numbers game,” Roman told Silver. “What do you want to stop? Then we turn to something we call play-action, and it’s a huge advantage.
“So yeah, (defenses are) gonna be spending a lot of time on this. They should. This is real. And we’re just getting started.”
More 49ers headlines can be found in the Morning Tailgate.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com compared McCoy to former 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.
The National Football Post commended McCoy for his comments in his introductory conference call.
ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reported the 49ers have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. No official word on the signing has been made by the 49ers front office.
Safety Donte Whitner was asked about the reported signing in a recent appearance on NFL Network. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee shared Whitner’s comments on the potential “good fit.”
McCoy’s first day with the 49ers was documented by 49ers.com.
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