SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 07: Jim Harbaugh speaks at a press conference where he was introduced as the new San Francisco 49ers head coach at the Palace Hotel on January 7, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
With reports surfacing that Stanford is about to hire Harbaugh's right hand offensive man, David Shaw, as their new head football coach, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the move likely opens the door for the 49ers to add Stanford associate head coach Greg Roman as the team's new offensive coordinator.
Harbaugh has said he would like to call his own plays for the 49ers' offense, which means he will likely bring someone who is familiar with his style and system to the team.
With reports that current 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Johnson taking the same job at UCLA, Harbaugh will likely add someone like Roman.
The Stanford move also makes it more likely that the 49ers will sign former Cardinal defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to the team. Both Fangio and Roman were considered outside candidates to become the new head coach down at the farm.
Current 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has already been given permission by Harbaugh to interview elsewhere.
He has already spoken to the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals about their openings and he could possibly land with his former team the San Diego Chargers.
Despite the leagues uncertain collective bargaining agreement with players, Harbaugh and new General Manager Trent Baalke are reportedly preparing to make roster moves as well.
CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports that the team is preparing to ask veteran cornerback Nate Clements to accept a reduced salary to play with the team in 2011.
The 10-year veteran is scheduled to make a base salary of $7.25 million with the potential to earn another $7.95 in "likely-to-be-earned incentives."