SANTA CLARA -- The Jacksonville Jaguars' hiring of Dave Caldwell as their general manager Tuesday -- as first reported by Fox's Jay Glazer -- could increase speculation that his coach might become his former college roommate, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
Mike Mularkey currently is under contract as the Jaguars' coach. Caldwell served the past year as the Atlanta Falcons' director of player personnel, having spent the previous four seasons as their director of college scouting.
Caldwell and Roman attended John Carroll University together in the 1990s.
Considering Caldwell's ties to the NFC playoffs' top-seeded Falcons, Roman tried to keep his distance in comments about the two.
"Dave's in Atlanta, so we might end up playing them, so I'm not really talking to Dave right now," Roman quipped.
Asked if he received any interest from clubs with coaching vacancies last week -- when such teams are allowed to interview playoff teams on first-round byes, as the 49ers were -- Roman replied: "I'm not going to talk about any of that stuff. I'm focused on the Packers."
Roman is in his second season as the 49ers' offensive coordinator and primary play caller. He's been a candidate for multiple college coaching jobs in recent seasons.
A defensive lineman at John Carroll in 1990-93, Roman got his coaching start in 1995 as the Carolina Panthers' defensive quality control coach and strength-and-conditioning assistant. He
Roman worked as the Baltimore Ravens' assistant offensive line coach in 2006-07 before joining Jim Harbaugh's Stanford staff in 2009, serving as the running-game coordinator and working primarily with the Cardinal's tight ends and offensive tackles.
There are five head-coaching vacancies in the NFL: the Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles.