49ers announce Fangio, Roman, Drevno hires

49ers announce Fangio, Roman, Drevno hires

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The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have namedGreg Roman offensive coordinator, Vic Fangio defensive coordinator and Tim Drevno offensive line coach.I am very excited that these three men are now part of the 49ers coaching staff, said 49ers head coachJim Harbaugh. Theybring a wealth of knowledge and a level of professionalism that I amcertain will transfer positively to our team. Vic has 24 NFL seasonsunder his belt and Greg has 13, so they know firsthand what it takes towin at this level.Roman,38, enters his 14th season in the NFL, having been a member of thecoaching staffs for the Carolina Panthers (1995-2001), Houston Texans(2002-03) and Baltimore Ravens (2006-07). He most recently spent thepast two seasons on Jim Harbaughs Stanford coaching staff. Romanjoined the Cardinal in 2009 as the running game coordinator, withposition responsibilities of tight ends and offensive tackles. Thispast season, he kept those responsibilities, but also added the dutiesof associate coach and assistant head coach of the offense.Roman helped oversee a Cardinal offense in 2010 that ranked 9th nationally in points scored (40.3 pointsgame), 14th in total yards per game (472.5), 17thin rushing yards per game (213.8) and first in time of possession(34:34). Over the past two years, the Cardinal allowed the fewest sacks(13) and second-highest time of possession average (33:20) in thenation, during that time span. Stanford allowed just seven sacks in2009 and six sacks in 2010, ranking 2ndin the nation both years. A year prior, Romans sophisticated blockingschemes and knowledge of the running game were major factors in theCardinal amassing a single-season school record of 2,837 yards on theground in 2009.Priorto arriving at Stanford, Roman served as the assistant offensive linecoach for a Baltimore Ravens team that captured the 2006 AFC NorthDivision title with a regular season mark of 13-3. He helped the Ravensimprove to 17th in the NFL in total offense and 2nd in fewest sacksallowed with 17, setting a franchise record.Priorto joining the staff in Baltimore, Roman enjoyed a four-year coachingstint with the Houston Texans, serving as the team's tight ends(2002-03) and quarterbacks coach (2004-05). As tight ends coach, Romantutored Billy Miller, who led the Texans with 91 receptions over twoseasons. He also guided former 2002 NFL first round draft pick DavidCarr, who had his best season under Roman in 2004 when he passed for3,531 yards and an 83.1 quarterback rating.Romanlaunched his coaching career with the Carolina Panthers in 1995, theteam's inaugural season in the NFL, when he was named the strength andconditioning assistantdefensive quality control coach, while alsoworking with the defensive backs and the linebackers. In 1996, thePanthers set a NFL record for most wins by an expansion team, asCarolina won the NFC West crown and advanced to the NFC Championshipgame. He then moved to the offensive side of the ball as Carolina'soffensive quality control coach for two seasons (1997-98) beforeassuming the role of offensive assistant for the 1999 and 2000campaigns. As the team's offensive assistant, he worked with both therun-and-pass game strategy and implementation, helping the Panthersfinish 2nd in the NFL in passing offense and 5th in yards per rush.Roman worked as the team's assistant offensive line coach in his finalseason with the Panthers in 2001.A three-year letter-winner and two-year starting defensive lineman at John Carroll University from 1990-93, Roman earned All-Ohio Conference honorable mention honors following his senior season.A native of Ventnor, N.J. and a graduate of Holy Spirit High School, Greg and his wife, Dana, have three children, Connor, Gregory and Emily.Fangio,52, enters his 25th season coaching in the NFL, which includes 11 yearsof experience as a defensive coordinator for three NFL teams - Carolina(1995-98), Indianapolis Colts (1999-2001) and Houston Texans (2002-05).Fangiomost recently served as the defensive coordinator for Stanford in 2010,where he led one of the nations top defenses. The Cardinal finishedthe regular season ranked in the top-25 nationally in five defensivecategories, while improving from 90th in total defense in 2009 to 24th in 2010.Priorto joining Stanford, Fangio served on the Baltimore Ravens coachingstaff as a special assistant to the head coach in 2006, with primaryduties on the defensive side of the ball. In his four seasons withBaltimore, the Ravens led the NFL in total defense in 2006, rankedsecond in 2008 and third in 2009.Fangiospent the previous four seasons as the defensive coordinator of theHouston Texans (2002-05). His 2002 defense ranked eighth in the AFCoverall and fourth in the conference in pass defense. In 2004, theTexans set a team record and ranked fifth in the NFL with 22interceptions, five of which were returned for touchdowns.Fangioserved as the defensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts from1999-2001. The Colts posted a 13-3 record in Fangios first seasonafter going just 6-26 the previous two years. Indianapolis won itsfirst division title in 15 years, while the Colts defense improved fromlast to 15th under his guidance.In1995, Fangio was named defensive coordinator of the expansion CarolinaPanthers under head coach Dom Capers. The Panthers tied for seventh intotal defense and ranked sixth in scoring defense, 10th in rushingdefense, fifth in takeaways and second in defensive passer rating inits inaugural season.In1996, the Panthers won the NFC West title and reached the NFCChampionship game in just their second year of existence. The Pantherdefense allowed just 218 points on the year, ranking second in the NFL.Fangiospent nine seasons as the linebackers coach of the New Orleans Saints,starting in 1986. Fangio coached the vaunted Dome Patrol, whichincluded All-Pro linebackers Rickey Jackson, Pat Swilling, Sam Millsand Vaughan Johnson. That group was later voted the best linebackingunit in NFL history by NFL Network.Afterattending East Stroudsburg University, Fangio began his coaching careerin 1979 as the linebackers coach at his alma mater, Dunmore (PA) HighSchool, and was later promoted to defensive coordinator in 1980. Hespent 1982 as the defensive coordinator at Milford (CT.) Academy beforelanding his first collegiate coaching position at the University ofNorth Carolina, where he served as a graduate assistant in 1983.Followinga one-year stay in Chapel Hill, Fangio spent the 1984 and 1985 seasonsas a defensive assistant with the PhiladelphiaBaltimore Stars of theUSFL, helping the team to back-to-back league titles. Fangio wasinducted into the Northeast Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 1993.Drevno,41, joins the 49ers after 18 seasons coaching in the collegiate ranks.He most recently served as a member of Jim Harbaughs coaching staff atStanford over the last four seasons.Over the course of the past two seasons, Drevno coached a Cardinal offensive line that allowed just 13 sacks during that span, ranking 2ndin the nation in 2009 (7) and in 2010 (6). In addition, the Cardinaloffensive line led the way for a ground game that set a school recordwith 2,837 rushing yards (11th nationally 218.2 yardsgame) in 2009, followed by 2,779 yards in 2010.Priorto his arrival at Stanford, Drevno was the offensive coordinator andoffensive line coach at the University of San Diego (2003-06). TheToreros won back-to-back NCAA Division I-AA Mid-Major national titlesand Pioneer League championships in 2005 and 2006. Under his directionas offensive coordinator, the Toreros led the nation in total offensetwice, finished 3rd once and 9th on the other occasion.Drevnowas the offensive line coach at Idaho for three seasons (2000-02) priorto joining the USD staff. The Vandal offense ranked 6th in the nationin 2001 and 8th in 2000. Prior to his tenure at Idaho, Drevno'sprevious coaching stops included San Jose State (offensive line -1999), UNLV (running backs - 1998) and Montana State (tight ends -1993-95; running backs 1996-97).Drevnobegan his collegiate playing career at El Camino College, where hehelped lead his club to a national title in 1987 and earned All-MissionLeague honors the following season. He then went on to start on the CalState Fullerton offensive line for two seasons.Drevno earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Cal State-Fullerton in 1992.
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Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem


Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.”

He adds: “Total disrespect for our great country!”

Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.

The topic of the national anthem was not discussed at length. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners did not ask players to commit to standing during the anthem.

Trump has suggested the owners should “fire” any players who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Ezekiel Elliott's suspension again on hold, now expected to play vs 49ers


Ezekiel Elliott's suspension again on hold, now expected to play vs 49ers

NEW YORK — Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott was granted another legal reprieve Tuesday night in the running back's fight to avoid a six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations.

A New York federal judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking the league's suspension, clearing Elliott to play Sunday at San Francisco.

U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty's ruling came five days after a federal appeals court overturned a Texas court's injunction that had kept Elliott on the field.

Crotty granted the request for the restraining order pending a hearing before the presiding judge, Katherine Polk Failla, who is on vacation.

The NFL was ordered to appear before Failla on or before Oct. 30 to argue why the suspension should not be blocked by a preliminary injunction — the next step in the legal process — until the court can rule on challenges the players' union brought against the suspension.

"We are confident our arguments will prevail in court when they are taken up again later this month," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

Elliott, last year's NFL rushing leader as a rookie, was barred from the team's facility Tuesday as players returned from their off week. The NFL placed him on the suspended list Friday, a day after the league's favorable ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended in August by Commissioner Roger Goodell after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time.

Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, decided not to pursue the case in the city where Elliott starred for Ohio State, citing conflicting evidence, but the NFL did its own investigation. Elliott denied the allegations under oath during his NFL appeal.

The suspension's announcement in August led to weeks of court filings, with NFLPA lawyers contending that league investigators withheld key evidence from Goodell and that the appeal hearing was unfair because arbitrator Harold Henderson refused to call Goodell and Thompson as witnesses.

In an opinion accompanying the ruling, Crotty agreed with the Texas judge who had backed the claims of Elliott's attorneys. Crotty wrote that Henderson's denial of testimony from Goodell and Thompson was significant because of credibility issues related to Thompson.

"In effect, (Elliott) was deprived of opportunities to explore pertinent and material evidence, which raises sufficiently serious questions," Crotty wrote.

Attorney Daniel Nash, arguing for the NFL, accused Elliott's legal team of seeking relief from courts in Texas to evade courts in New York and the effect of the April 2016 ruling that reinstated a four-game suspension of New England quarterback Tom Brady in the "Deflategate" scandal.

Nash warned Crotty that allowing the union to continue to delay the suspension would invite "every player who's suspended" to go to court for relief.

"They know under the Brady decision they have no chance of success. None," Nash said.

Attorney Jeffrey Kessler, representing the players' union, said the harm to a player's short career was serious when a suspension is served.

"He can never get that back," Kessler said, arguing that the irreparable harm — among issues of law considered before a temporary restraining order is granted — faced by a player is much greater than harm claimed by the league when a suspension is delayed. In his opinion, Crotty agreed.

Nash suggested during the hearing that the union was overstating its claims of irreparable harm.

"In their view, an NFL player missing six games is the end of the world," he said.

Brady managed to delay his suspension for a year through the union's court challenges. He served it to start last season, when the Patriots went 3-1 without him and later won the Super Bowl.

Elliott's case shifted to New York after the appeals court ordered the Texas court to dismiss Elliott's lawsuit, which Judge Amos Mazzant did earlier Tuesday.

A three-judge panel of the New Orleans court ruled 2-1 last week that Elliott's attorneys filed the Texas lawsuit prematurely because Henderson had yet to decide on the running back's NFL appeal.

Elliott's legal team indicated it intended to pursue rehearing before a larger panel of the appeals court while also filing for the restraining order in the Southern District of New York.

The NFL filed in the New York court after Elliott's NFL appeal was denied because the league considers it the proper venue as the home of its headquarters and the site of the hearings before Henderson. It's also where the NFL won the Brady case in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.