Jim Harbaugh: 'I have the 3 best coordinators in all of football'
Posted by: Chris Vannini on January 30, 2013
Jim Harbaugh was very aggressive when it came to putting together a staff at Stanford.
A number of those assistants followed him when he put together the 49ers staff, and now quite a few have become hot names for head coaching jobs. At Super Bowl Media Day in New Orleans, Harbaugh continued to heap praise when asked about his relationship with defensive coordinator Vic Fangino.
"I would say this, Vic Fangio, (offensive coordinator) Greg Roman and (special teams coordinator / assistant head coach) Brad Seely are the three best coordinators in all of football," Harbaugh said. "Coached together with Greg and Vic at Stanford, and our lives have gone nothing but straight up since those two men joined our program.
"Had a chance to meet Vic when I would visit the Ravens when Vic was coaching for Baltimore. From the earliest conversations I had with them, I just had the most tremendous amount of respect you could have for a coach and his knowledge. When Vic became available, I'm sure I was the first phone call. I knew about it right away, as soon as it happened, and tried to convince him to come be the defensive coordinator at Stanford and he came.
"He left an indelible mark on the Stanford football program as he is doing with the San Francisco 49ers."
It was a bit of a surprise to some that Roman didn't get a head coaching job this offseason. Having coached all the way to last year's NFC Championship Game and this year's Super Bowl, Roman was asked if he's been a victim of his team's success, in terms of getting a head coaching job.
"The way I look at it, I try to be the best I can be at the job I have," he said. "That's what I think about in terms of that. Do a great job at the job you have and that stuff will come when the time is right. But the most important thing is you work as hard as you can for the players and the organization and do the best job you can for them.
"That's where the focus needs to lie. ... I never had a five-year plan. I just do the job I have as good as I can. I think a lot of the success I've had is due to the people around me. You have to be around great people, and I'm fortunate to be around great people."
In October, we wrote about Harbaugh's budding coaching tree, and that will continue to expand. Below is Roman's media availability from Tuesday.
Chris Vannini is the lead writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered Michigan State sports for The State News, The Oakland Press and MLive.com. He writes a weekly column for the Detroit Free Press on behalf of SB Nation. Vannini lives in Big Ten country, so his foot speed is far from SEC caliber, but his pulse on coaches is hard to match. Be sure to follow @CoachingBuzz on twitter and send your feedback to email@example.com