On the one hand I don't wanna give the NFL any of our coaches. But I know with success other teams will seek to mimic your success. And that means raids on our coaching staff, so we as fans had better get use to this (see the Pats). A list of important assistants I think might leave for higher positions:
Brad Seely, Asst. head Coach/ST
*I think it's 60-40 that he's plucked for a HC job.
Greg Roman, OC
*I think it's a near certainty that he's gone. But unlike many I don't think it's gonna hurt us that much given that we have an offensive-minded HC.
Vick Fangio, DC
*80-20 that he stays. Call me optimistic But Fangio strikes me like a Jim Johnson or Monte Kiffin-type who were satisfied at being the best DC in the game. But I wouldn't be surprised if an owner shot a boatload of money at him.
Geep Chryst, QB Coach
*70-30 that he stays. Wouldn't be at all shocked if he were plucked for an OC job, especially by Roman if he's tapped for a HC job.
Ed Donatell, Secondary
*60-40 that he's gone. I just get the feeling it's time for him.
Jim Leavitt, LB's
*50-50. He's coaching the best LB corps in football and was very successful at building a great program literally from nothing as a HC. I don't think it's far-fetched to think a team could see him as a DC.
Jim Tomsula, D-line
*30-70 that he's gone. I think he stays. But I wouldn't be shocked to see teams interview him for a DC or HC job. I think he'd entertain them too. Players respect and respond to him.
Everyone else on our staff I think are safe bets to stay. Of that group I think Roman and Donatell will probably get plucked, Roman for sure. I just don't get the feeling that Fangio really has the appetite to be a HC, but I wouldn't be shocked if he were convinced to go though. He's been with JH for a while. He could have left for a HC job a long time ago if he wanted. Fans should keep in mind that we're not the only team with an excellent staff. Plus, I think JH will promote from within. Let us not forget that JH was tutored by the greatest – Bill Walsh. And not only did Walsh develop players, he was a master at developing coaches as well. Lets take a tally:
Mike Holmgren, George Seifert, Paul Hackett, Jim Fassel, Dennis Green. And from them we got Mike Shanahan, Jeff Fisher, Brian Billick, Jon Gruden, Mike McCarthy, Steve Mariucci, Andy Reid, and a list of others, respectively.
I think we are gonna be just fine because if we lose assistants we have the right man at the helm – Jim Harbaugh – who will groom coaches to move up and fill vacated spots just like he grooms players. I suspect that as the years go by we are gonna see a line of very good coaches, once again, being spawned from the tutelage of a 49ers HC. I think that we do have guys well placed on staff fully capable of stepping up into vacated spots.
[ Edited by 9ersLiferInChicago on Jan 1, 2013 at 11:53:45 ]