With Jaguars' GM hire, Roman becomes coaching candidate

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With Jaguars' GM hire, Roman becomes coaching candidate
January 8, 2013, 2:45 pm
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The 49ers' were 11th in the NFL this season, averaging 24.8 points per game. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SANTA CLARA -- Offensive coordinator Greg Roman became regarded as a serious candidate for an NFL head-coaching position on Tuesday.

The Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday hired Atlanta director of player personnel David Caldwell as their general manager. Roman and Caldwell were teammates and roommates in the 1990s at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. The status of Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey is unsettled with the hiring of Caldwell as GM.

Indianapolis Colts director of player personnel Tom Telesco, who also attended John Carroll and knows Roman, is a candidate for the San Diego Chargers' general manager position.

"(Caldwell and Telesco are) two colleagues that I know," Roman said Tuesday. "Dave's in Atlanta. We might end up playing them, so I'm really not talking to Dave right now."

A short while later, Caldwell was reported to be the Jaguars' new general manager.

None of the 49ers' assistant coaches received any reported interest last week when there was a window for them to interview for head-coaching openings. Roman declined to discuss his future, saying, "I'm focused on the Packers."