Gamble draws attention for GM openings

December 31, 2012, 3:30 pm
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SANTA CLARA -- Tom Gamble, the 49ers' director of player personnel, has drawn interest from the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers for their general manager vacancies.

The Jets and Jaguars requested permission Monday morning from the 49ers to interview Gamble, a league source confirmed to CSN Bay Area. The Chargers have also been granted permission, the NFL Network reported.

Gamble was promoted to his current position in February 2011 after spending six seasons as the 49ers' director of pro personnel in 2005. Gamble previously served as a college scout for the Indianapolis Colts, working under long-time NFL executive Bill Polian, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Gamble's father, Harry, served as the general manager and president of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Because the 49ers achieved a first-round bye, team personnel and coaches are allowed to interview for jobs through the wild-card games over the weekend. Coach Jim Harbaugh said he would like any coaches who interviewed for a job to be available for practices on Thursday and Friday. The 49ers' players are off Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Harbaugh endorsed offensive coordinator Greg Roman, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and special-teams coordinator Brad Seely for head-coaching positions. Each man wants to be be an NFL head coach, Harbaugh said.

"Yeah, they do," he said. "I've always tried to hire coaches that had that ambition. I like guys like that. That have those ambitions, those hopes, those dreams."

Seely interviewed for the Indianapolis Colts' head coach job last year. Neither Roman nor Fangio has interviewed for an NFL head-coaching position.

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's Mindi Bach asked Fangio on Monday afternoon how he would handle the time demands of preparing for three potential offenses for the 49ers' divisional-round playoff game while also interviewing for a job.

"Nobody has called or even approached me about anything, so I don't even worry about it," Fangio said. "So to me, it's non-existent. If it ever happens, it happens, and we'll deal with it at that time.

"We're used to operating on very little sleep around here so if it takes a couple more hours away we'll be OK. But I don't anticipate it happening."

If Gamble lands a general manager position, he might be inclined to speak with one of the 49ers assistant coaches as part of a head-coaching search. Also, Roman could have a chance for a head-coaching job if Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell lands a GM job. Both Roman and Caldwell attended John Carroll University and know each other well.