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  • Sun., Sep. 07, 2014 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM PDT The Fiahtful Episode 1 "The Faithful" is a documentary series by 49ers Studios that is truly for the fans because it is the fans. Narrated by two-time Super Bowl champion Dwight Hicks, the show will take fans on journeys into the lives of the greatest 49ers stories that need to be told.

Coaches And Staff

Greg Roman
Offensive Coordinator
College:
John Carroll University

BIOGRAPHY

Greg Roman is in his fourth year with the 49ers after being named the team’s offensive coordinator on January 14, 2011.

Since his arrival to the club in 2011, Roman’s offense has been an unstoppable force, especially on the ground. In each of his three seasons calling the plays, the rushing attack has ranked in the top 10 in the NFL each season in total rushing yards - 3rd in 2013 (2,201 yards), 4th in 2012 (2,491 yards) and 8th in 2011 (2,044 yards). It is the first time since 2001-03 that a 49ers offense has ranked in the top 10 in the NFL three consecutive seasons in that category. The 6,736 rushing yards over his three seasons with the team is the 2nd most in the NFL over that time span.

Not only have the 49ers been able to move the ball each year under Roman, the offense has consistantly been able to avoid turnovers. From 2011-13, the 49ers have only committed 44 turnovers which ranks 1st in the NFL over that time span and is nine fewer turnovers than the second place team. Avoiding turnovers has been a large reason for the teams 41 wins, which is tied for the most wins in the NFL from 2011-13.

In 2013, Roman again proved himself as one of the brightest minds in the NFL. In QB Colin Kaepernick’s first full season as a starter, the offensive unit was consistantly forcing its will on their opponents. In the first game of the 2013 season vs. Green Bay, Kaepernick set the franchise record for most passing yards in a season-opener with 412 yards. The offense continued to put points on the scoreboard all season, scoring 30-or-more points in eight games, the most by the team since 1998 (10 games). The offense ranked consistantly in the top 10 in numerous offensive categories in the league including 1st in 20-plus yard runs (20), 3rd in rushing yards per game (137.6), 4th in rushing touchdowns (18) and 10th in offensive scoring efficiency (37.6 pct). It marked the first time since 2003 that the 49ers had a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver in the same season.

The 2012 season displayed Roman’s expertise and vast knowledge in various offensive systems as QB Colin Kaepernick transitioned into the starting role midway through the season. Roman added new wrinkles to the offense to capitalize on Kaepernick’s multi-tool talents, taking the league by surprise en route to the team’s first Super Bowl appearance since 1994. The offense ranked in the top half of the league in multiple offensive categories for the second consecutive season under Roman, including 4th in rushing yards per game (155.7), 10th in time of possession (30:49), 11th in total yards per game (377.6) and 11th in points per game (24.8). Including the postseason, the 49ers broke an NFL record by recording 100 rushes of 10-plus yards, setting a new mark since the stat began being tracked in 1991.

As the 49ers captured their second consecutive NFC West title in 2012, the offense continued to display historical performances under Roman. Against the Buffalo Bills on October 7, 2012, the offense set the all-time franchise record with 621 total yards and became the only team in NFL history to rush for 300-plus yards and pass for 300-plus yards in the same game. In the NFC Divisional matchup vs. Green Bay, the 49ers set the franchise record for total yards in a playoff game with 579 yards.

Under Roman’s direction in 2011, the 49ers notched a 13-3 record as the offense ranked in the NFL’s top 10 in points per game (23.8 - tied for 10th), rushing yards per game (127.8 - 8th) and time of possession (32:04 - 4th). Additionally, the offense committed just 10 turnovers (5 fumbles, 5 interceptions), which ranks tied for first in NFL history for the fewest turnovers in a season, also setting a franchise record.

In Roman’s first year with the 49ers, RB Frank Gore was named to his third career Pro Bowl and surpassed Hall of Famer Joe “The Jet” Perry as the franchise’s all-time leading rusher. QB Alex Smith flourished in Roman’s system, setting career highs in completions, passing yards and quarterback rating. Smith also set the franchise record for fewest interceptions thrown in a season (5).

TE Vernon Davis grew in the offense throughout the season. He took his game to the next level in the playoffs, registering 10 receptions for 292 yards and four touchdowns in two games. Davis became just the fifth player in the Super Bowl era to register at least two receiving touchdowns in consecutive postseason games in the same season. T Joe Staley also flourished under Roman, as he was named Second-Team All-Pro and was selected as a starter in his first career Pro Bowl.

In what marks his 17th season coaching in the NFL, Roman has been a member of the coaching staffs of the Carolina Panthers (1995-2001), Houston Texans (2002-03) and Baltimore Ravens (2006-07). He also spent two seasons (2009-10) on Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff at Stanford.

Roman joined the Cardinal in 2009 as the running game coordinator, with position responsibilities of tight ends and offensive tackles. In 2010, he kept those responsibilities, but also added the duties of associate coach and assistant head coach of the offense.

During his time at Stanford, the Cardinal posted a 20-6 record, which was the best over a two-year span in the University’s history. He mentored two Heisman runner-up candidates in QB Andrew Luck (2010) and RB Toby Gerhart (2009). Over those two seasons, the Cardinal allowed a total of 13 sacks on offense, which marked the fewest over that time span in the nation. Stanford allowed just seven sacks in 2009 and six sacks in 2010, ranking 2nd in the nation both years.

Roman oversaw a Cardinal offense in 2010 that ranked 9th nationally in points scored (40.3 points/game), 14th in total yards per game (472.5), 17th in rushing yards per game (213.8) and 1st in time of possession (34:34). Under his guidance, Stanford’s offense produced a school-record 524 points. Roman mentored a tight end trio of Coby Fleener, Konrad Reuland and Zach Ertz, who combined for a total of 833 receiving yards on 65 catches with 13 touchdowns.

A year prior, Roman’s sophisticated blocking schemes and knowledge of the running game were major factors in the Cardinal amassing a single-season school record of 2,837 yards on the ground in 2009. At season’s end, all five members of the offensive line garnered postseason honors, while Stanford’s tight ends combined to catch 38 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns.

Prior to arriving at Stanford, Roman served as the assistant offensive line coach for a Baltimore Ravens team that captured the 2006 AFC North Division title with a regular season mark of 13-3. He helped the Ravens improve to 17th in the NFL in total offense and 2nd in fewest sacks allowed with 17, setting a franchise record. Baltimore also led the NFL in time of possession and set team records for completion percentage (62.6%), third-down conversions (96), fourth-down percentage (72.7%) and fewest turnovers (23). The offensive line helped quarterback Steve McNair set a team record for pass completion percentage (63.0%) and most passes without an interception (162). In addition, left tackle Jonathan Ogden was voted to his 10th-straight Pro Bowl.

Prior to joining the staff in Baltimore, Roman enjoyed a four-year coaching stint with the Houston Texans, serving as the team’s tight ends (2002-03) and quarterbacks coach (2004-05). As tight ends coach, Roman tutored Billy Miller, who led the Texans with 91 receptions over two seasons. He also guided former 2002 NFL first round draft pick David Carr, who had his best season under Roman in 2004 when he passed for 3,531 yards and an 83.1 quarterback rating.

Roman launched his coaching career with the Carolina Panthers in 1995, the team’s inaugural season in the NFL, when he was named the strength and conditioning assistant/defensive quality control coach, while also working with the defensive backs and the linebackers. In 1996, the Panthers set a NFL record for most wins by an expansion team, as Carolina won the NFC West crown and advanced to the NFC Championship game. He then moved to the offensive side of the ball as Carolina’s offensive quality control coach for two seasons (1997-98) before assuming the role of offensive assistant for the 1999 and 2000 campaigns. As the team’s offensive assistant, he worked with both the run-and-pass game strategy and implementation, helping the Panthers finish 2nd in the NFL in passing offense and 5th in yards per rush. Roman worked as the team’s assistant offensive line coach in his final season with the Panthers in 2001.

A three-year letter-winner and two-year starting defensive lineman at John Carroll University from 1990-93, Roman earned All-Ohio Conference honorable mention honors following his senior season. He also helped the Blue Streaks capture a share of the OAC championship.

During his junior year at John Carroll, Roman participated in Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Through Physical Education) which aids the developmentally disabled in northeast Ohio.

A native of Ventnor, N.J. and a graduate of Holy Spirit High School, Greg and his wife, Dana, have three children, Connor, Gregory and Emily Grace.

Greg Roman is in his fourth year with the 49ers after being named the team’s offensive coordinator on January 14, 2011.

Since his arrival to the club in 2011, Roman’s offense has been an unstoppable force, especially on the ground. In each of his three seasons calling the plays, the rushing attack has ranked in the top 10 in the NFL each season in total rushing yards - 3rd in 2013 (2,201 yards), 4th in 2012 (2,491 yards) and 8th in 2011 (2,044 yards). It is the first time since 2001-03 that a 49ers offense has ranked in the top 10 in the NFL three consecutive seasons in that category. The 6,736 rushing yards over his three seasons with the team is the 2nd most in the NFL over that time span.

Not only have the 49ers been able to move the ball each year under Roman, the offense has consistantly been able to avoid turnovers. From 2011-13, the 49ers have only committed 44 turnovers which ranks 1st in the NFL over that time span and is nine fewer turnovers than the second place team. Avoiding turnovers has been a large reason for the teams 41 wins, which is tied for the most wins in the NFL from 2011-13.

In 2013, Roman again proved himself as one of the brightest minds in the NFL. In QB Colin Kaepernick’s first full season as a starter, the offensive unit was consistantly forcing its will on their opponents. In the first game of the 2013 season vs. Green Bay, Kaepernick set the franchise record for most passing yards in a season-opener with 412 yards. The offense continued to put points on the scoreboard all season, scoring 30-or-more points in eight games, the most by the team since 1998 (10 games). The offense ranked consistantly in the top 10 in numerous offensive categories in the league including 1st in 20-plus yard runs (20), 3rd in rushing yards per game (137.6), 4th in rushing touchdowns (18) and 10th in offensive scoring efficiency (37.6 pct). It marked the first time since 2003 that the 49ers had a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver in the same season.

The 2012 season displayed Roman’s expertise and vast knowledge in various offensive systems as QB Colin Kaepernick transitioned into the starting role midway through the season. Roman added new wrinkles to the offense to capitalize on Kaepernick’s multi-tool talents, taking the league by surprise en route to the team’s first Super Bowl appearance since 1994. The offense ranked in the top half of the league in multiple offensive categories for the second consecutive season under Roman, including 4th in rushing yards per game (155.7), 10th in time of possession (30:49), 11th in total yards per game (377.6) and 11th in points per game (24.8). Including the postseason, the 49ers broke an NFL record by recording 100 rushes of 10-plus yards, setting a new mark since the stat began being tracked in 1991.

As the 49ers captured their second consecutive NFC West title in 2012, the offense continued to display historical performances under Roman. Against the Buffalo Bills on October 7, 2012, the offense set the all-time franchise record with 621 total yards and became the only team in NFL history to rush for 300-plus yards and pass for 300-plus yards in the same game. In the NFC Divisional matchup vs. Green Bay, the 49ers set the franchise record for total yards in a playoff game with 579 yards.

Under Roman’s direction in 2011, the 49ers notched a 13-3 record as the offense ranked in the NFL’s top 10 in points per game (23.8 - tied for 10th), rushing yards per game (127.8 - 8th) and time of possession (32:04 - 4th). Additionally, the offense committed just 10 turnovers (5 fumbles, 5 interceptions), which ranks tied for first in NFL history for the fewest turnovers in a season, also setting a franchise record.

In Roman’s first year with the 49ers, RB Frank Gore was named to his third career Pro Bowl and surpassed Hall of Famer Joe “The Jet” Perry as the franchise’s all-time leading rusher. QB Alex Smith flourished in Roman’s system, setting career highs in completions, passing yards and quarterback rating. Smith also set the franchise record for fewest interceptions thrown in a season (5).

TE Vernon Davis grew in the offense throughout the season. He took his game to the next level in the playoffs, registering 10 receptions for 292 yards and four touchdowns in two games. Davis became just the fifth player in the Super Bowl era to register at least two receiving touchdowns in consecutive postseason games in the same season. T Joe Staley also flourished under Roman, as he was named Second-Team All-Pro and was selected as a starter in his first career Pro Bowl.

In what marks his 17th season coaching in the NFL, Roman has been a member of the coaching staffs of the Carolina Panthers (1995-2001), Houston Texans (2002-03) and Baltimore Ravens (2006-07). He also spent two seasons (2009-10) on Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff at Stanford.

Roman joined the Cardinal in 2009 as the running game coordinator, with position responsibilities of tight ends and offensive tackles. In 2010, he kept those responsibilities, but also added the duties of associate coach and assistant head coach of the offense.

During his time at Stanford, the Cardinal posted a 20-6 record, which was the best over a two-year span in the University’s history. He mentored two Heisman runner-up candidates in QB Andrew Luck (2010) and RB Toby Gerhart (2009). Over those two seasons, the Cardinal allowed a total of 13 sacks on offense, which marked the fewest over that time span in the nation. Stanford allowed just seven sacks in 2009 and six sacks in 2010, ranking 2nd in the nation both years.

Roman oversaw a Cardinal offense in 2010 that ranked 9th nationally in points scored (40.3 points/game), 14th in total yards per game (472.5), 17th in rushing yards per game (213.8) and 1st in time of possession (34:34). Under his guidance, Stanford’s offense produced a school-record 524 points. Roman mentored a tight end trio of Coby Fleener, Konrad Reuland and Zach Ertz, who combined for a total of 833 receiving yards on 65 catches with 13 touchdowns.

A year prior, Roman’s sophisticated blocking schemes and knowledge of the running game were major factors in the Cardinal amassing a single-season school record of 2,837 yards on the ground in 2009. At season’s end, all five members of the offensive line garnered postseason honors, while Stanford’s tight ends combined to catch 38 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns.

Prior to arriving at Stanford, Roman served as the assistant offensive line coach for a Baltimore Ravens team that captured the 2006 AFC North Division title with a regular season mark of 13-3. He helped the Ravens improve to 17th in the NFL in total offense and 2nd in fewest sacks allowed with 17, setting a franchise record. Baltimore also led the NFL in time of possession and set team records for completion percentage (62.6%), third-down conversions (96), fourth-down percentage (72.7%) and fewest turnovers (23). The offensive line helped quarterback Steve McNair set a team record for pass completion percentage (63.0%) and most passes without an interception (162). In addition, left tackle Jonathan Ogden was voted to his 10th-straight Pro Bowl.

Prior to joining the staff in Baltimore, Roman enjoyed a four-year coaching stint with the Houston Texans, serving as the team’s tight ends (2002-03) and quarterbacks coach (2004-05). As tight ends coach, Roman tutored Billy Miller, who led the Texans with 91 receptions over two seasons. He also guided former 2002 NFL first round draft pick David Carr, who had his best season under Roman in 2004 when he passed for 3,531 yards and an 83.1 quarterback rating.

Roman launched his coaching career with the Carolina Panthers in 1995, the team’s inaugural season in the NFL, when he was named the strength and conditioning assistant/defensive quality control coach, while also working with the defensive backs and the linebackers. In 1996, the Panthers set a NFL record for most wins by an expansion team, as Carolina won the NFC West crown and advanced to the NFC Championship game. He then moved to the offensive side of the ball as Carolina’s offensive quality control coach for two seasons (1997-98) before assuming the role of offensive assistant for the 1999 and 2000 campaigns. As the team’s offensive assistant, he worked with both the run-and-pass game strategy and implementation, helping the Panthers finish 2nd in the NFL in passing offense and 5th in yards per rush. Roman worked as the team’s assistant offensive line coach in his final season with the Panthers in 2001.

A three-year letter-winner and two-year starting defensive lineman at John Carroll University from 1990-93, Roman earned All-Ohio Conference honorable mention honors following his senior season. He also helped the Blue Streaks capture a share of the OAC championship.

During his junior year at John Carroll, Roman participated in Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Through Physical Education) which aids the developmentally disabled in northeast Ohio.

A native of Ventnor, N.J. and a graduate of Holy Spirit High School, Greg and his wife, Dana, have three children, Connor, Gregory and Emily Grace.

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