With the 49ers 2013 season in the books, coaches can now interview with other teams and universities for any coaching jobs. The Cleveland Browns are the only NFL head coaching vacancy remaining and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula could be a candidate, according to Bill Williamson.
Greg Roman previously interviewed for the Minnesota Vikings head coaching job, where they eventually hired Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. He also interviewed with Penn State, who hired Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was interviewed by the Washington Redskins, who hired Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden as their head coach.
Tomsula has been the 49ers defensive line coach since 2007, where he started in the Mike Nolan era. He was the interim head coach for the final game of 2010 when Mike Singletary was fired.
The 49ers have already lost offensive line coach Tim Drevno to the University of Southern California and assistant coach Paul Wulff to South Florida this season.
Jim Harbaugh said he wouldn't be surprised if any of his coaches were hired elsewhere, saying they've done a tremendous job this season. In some aspects, he has been surprised no one was hired earlier.
"Jim Tomsula has a proven track record as a football coach, head coach, assistant coach," said Harbaugh on January 6. "You wonder sometimes why it’s taken this long. But, people are looking for coaches that, if you want the one-year flash, sometimes seems like people hire that. But, here when you look at Greg Roman, Vic Fangio, Brad Seely, Jim Tomsula and others that we have on our staff that are consistently good year after year, I think that’s special. That’s something special. And, I [wouldn't be surprised] if somebody’s not hired as a head coach.”