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INDIANAPOLIS -- When David Caldwell took over as Jacksonville Jaguars general manager, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman was immediately viewed as a strong candidate for the head-coaching job.
That speculation was correct, Caldwell said Friday at the NFL scouting combine.
The only problem is once Caldwell met former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, the head-coaching search came to a quick conclusion.
"Greg was on the radar and he probably would've warranted an opportunity to interview," Caldwell said. "But when Gus came through, he really knocked my doors off. And with all the research I did on him, I just knew he was a head-coach-in-waiting."
Caldwell and Roman were football teammates and roommates at John Carroll University (University Heights, Ohio) in the 1990s. Caldwell said the relationship would not have been too close for the men to be paired together at the top of the Jaguars organization.
"No, not at all," Caldwell said. "With hiring Gus, I knew he was going to make me better because there wasn't that comfort zone. For him to come in and challenge me every day was going to be exciting and we could grow together with that.
"Greg and I have spoken. We remain very good good friends."
Roman did not interview with any NFL teams during the first week of the playoffs, when the 49ers had a bye and their assistants were allowed to speak with other teams. Roman's next opportunity would have been after the Super Bowl, at which time all the head-coaching vacancies had already been filled.