There may not be a position coach in football in a more precarious position than 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
Fans and media pundits alike have been calling for Roman's job for much of the season—most recently Lowell Cohn of The Press Democrat last week. Even after Sunday's 19-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks, Roman will continue to face the heat for any 49ers offensive struggles going forward.
On the other side of the coin, Roman is also viewed by many as a top candidate for a head coaching job. According to Josh Katzowitz of CBS Sports, Roman's overall body of work in San Francisco could still land him a spot on the short list for either NFL or college jobs next season.
Should Roman be fired, or promoted, the 49ers would not lose their offensive identity without him in 2014. Head coach Jim Harbaugh should be expected to bring in an assistant with a similar ideology and experience, narrowing the potential pool of replacements to a select few.
If that is the case, these seven names could be discussed early and often to assume Roman's responsibilities. Based on their history and experience, any of them could make their way to the San Francisco sideline in 2014.
Note: Prospective candidates are speculative, unless accompanied by a cited report.