49ers' Offensvie Coordinator Intrigued by Alex Smith

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011  |  Updated 2:30 PM PDT
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SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 17: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers walks off the field after they beat the Oakland Raiders at Candlestick Park on October 17, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Alex Smith

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The new San Francisco 49ers coaching staff is preparing for the offseason as if there won’t be a work stoppage, even formulating playbooks without knowing exactly which players will be on the roster.

San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio acknowledged Wednesday that the staff’s transition will be more difficult if any offseason workouts are canceled because of negotiations between the NFL and players’ union over a new collective bargaining agreement.

Roman said he was impressed with quarterback Alex Smith and wouldn’t rule out the 49ers’ 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick returning to San Franciso. Smith is a free agent.

Both joined Jim Harbaugh’s staff from Stanford last month.

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