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Greg Roman

Team/position: San Francisco offensive coordinator

Age: 40

Previous NFL head coaching interviews: None. In early 2012, Roman was a finalist for the Penn State job that went to former New England Patriots assistant Bill O’Brien.

Why is Roman radar-worthy?: His time working under Jim Harbaugh at Stanford was well-spent. Since following Harbaugh to the 49ers in 2011, Roman has deployed one of the league’s most diverse offensive schemes. Roman and Harbaugh helped resurrect the NFL career of 49ers quarterback Alex Smith and did a great job grooming replacement Colin Kaepernick.

Potential fit: The kind of offense Kaepernick is running in San Francisco could be a perfect fit for Carolina quarterback Cam Newton. Roman also knows the Panthers organization well from having spent seven seasons (1995 to 2001) as a low-level assistant there before being hired as Houston’s tight ends coach.

Trivia note: Roman’s surrogate father is Dr. Ken Leistner, one of the world’s leading experts on strength training. Roman began his NFL career as an assistant strength coach in Carolina and was once a top-notch powerlifter himself. - Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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