The Tampa Bay Buccaneers interviewed Greg Roman for their offensive coordinator position on Friday, reports Alex Marvez of Fox Sports. The San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator is currently under contract, but it looks like San Francisco is willing to let him go while they search for a new head coach.
The Bucs are set to interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter tomorrow, and have been reported to be interested in a wide range of coordinators, including Marc Trestman (rumored to have been spotted in Tampa these past days), Marty Mornhinweg, Rob Chudzinski and Brad Childress.
Roman was much-maligned for the offense's struggles this past season, but he was a very successful head coach previously. Coming to the NFL as Jim Harbaugh's offensive coordinator in 2011, he led the 18th-, fifth-, eighth- and twentieth-most efficient NFL offenses in each of his four seasons, by Football Outsiders' standards.
While the San Francisco offense declined this year, it's fair to say that personnel deficiencies contributed to that decline, especially Vernon Davis' strange collapse this year. At the same time, given the fact that he operated under Jim Harbaugh, it's not clear how much the offense's successes can attributed to his coaching -- although the fact that Harbaugh stuck by him and left the 49ers rather than firing him, as ownership reportedly wanted, speaks in his favor.
Roman helped turn Alex Smith's career around, and developed Colin Kaepernick into a capable-but-not-great starter at quarterback. Given his history with mobile quarterbacks, Marcus Mariota would be a good fit for him. He's a West Coast disciple who tends toward run-heavy offenses with well-defined reads and read-option elements.
Roman has a long NFL history, coaching offensive line, tight ends and quarterbacks, while serving two years as Stanford's tight ends/offensive tackle coach under Harbaugh. One advantage of signing him: he's familiar with soon-to-be free agent guard Mike Iupati, who wouldn't look too shabby in a Tampa Bay uniform