San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh Hires Three Assistants for NFL

MJ KasprzakSenior Writer IIJanuary 16, 2011

Jim Harbaugh hired two Stanford assistants for the Niners
Jim Harbaugh hired two Stanford assistants for the NinersEzra Shaw/Getty Images

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has already learned the first key to success in the NFL: Steal as much of your coaching staff from the place you left as you can.

Harbaugh will also be joined by two other members of his Cardinal staff, Greg Roman and Vic Fangio.

Roman was his assistant head coach of offense. This may sound like a made-up position or a no-show job in the mob when you consider there was someone else running both the team and the offense at Stanford. But it is a common position in this decade to groom a coach for greater responsibilities; he will be the team's new offensive coordinator.

Fangio is the former defensive coordinator of the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers and will take over for Greg Manusky, who was hired by the San Diego Chargers. His efforts were considered essential in holding Virginia Tech's offense in check in the Orange Bowl, as well as every 2010 opponent but Oregon.

According to broadcaster Matt Maiocco, former Stanford tight ends coach Tim Drevno will also be joining the team. While his role was not known, he has been an offensive line coach and offensive coordinator in four years at the University of San Diego. However, Maiocco expects that Mike Solari will be retained as offensive line coach, so it would seem safe to speculate that he would work with tight ends.

Finally, Harbaugh has hired Ed Donatell to run the secondary. Donatell had the same role with the Denver Broncos, which might make it seem he is unqualified. However, he was defensive coordinator in Green Bay from 2000-2003, and their defense fell off markedly when he was hired away by the Atlanta Falcons for the same role, which he served from 2004-2006.