Advice from Greg Roman: 'Be the best you can, where you're at'
Greg Roman is highly regarded as one of the top offensive minds in all of football. It seems like every year his name is mentioned for numerous head coaching openings and on Sunday he'll get a chance to show why he's so highly regarded on one of the biggest stages in all of sports at the Super Bowl.
One reporter asked Roman if he sees the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl as an instance where "he has become the victim of his own success", because teams normally have their head coaching positions filled well before the Super Bowl is played.
His answer is perfect for young and old coaches alike (skip to the 3:36 mark to hear it).
"The way that I look at it is I try to be the best that I can at the job that I have. If you do a great job at the job that you have, that stuff will come when the time is right. The most important thing is that you work as hard as you can for the players and organization and do the best job you can for them. That's where the focus needs to lie."
Over the past few years, Roman has been able to use heavy formations with six and seven offensive lineman on the field, as well as the pistol to near perfection. In the NFL this season, much has been made about the use of the pistol and various read concepts, and towards the end of the season many fans and coaches noticed that the Niners weren't using those concepts nearly as much as they had earlier in the year. As Roman explains, there was a very good reason behind that.
"We tried to make everyone forget about and think that we had scrapped it leading into the playoffs and we felt like we could win our division in a more traditional way. We kept practicing it, and felt like it was something that we could spring on whoever we played in the playoffs."
Roman then spends the much of the remainder of the clip explaining what he likes about the pistol formation, what initially drew him to the pistol during his days at Stanford, and how he spend a half day up at Nevada learning about it and then implementing it.