The 49ers’ run of three straight trips to the playoffs hasn’t gone unnoticed. Multiple NFL teams have reached out to the 49ers to request permission to speak with assistant coaches about their coaching vacancies.
The NFL Network reported the Washington Redskins have asked to speak to offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. The Minnesota Vikings have also reportedly requested to talk to Roman.
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed Monday that the team has received inquiries from other teams about Roman and Fangio, as well as defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, but didn’t specify which teams came calling. Harbaugh expects to lose one of them to head coaching jobs, if not all three.
“I imagine there will be some interviews taking place in the coming week or weeks. It’s smart on their part,” Harbaugh said. “Those guys are great coaches. All of them. There’s nobody that’s got a better staff, in my humble opinion, than we do here. … It would be a surprise if somebody is not hired.”
Assistant coaches of teams still in the playoffs are allowed to interview this week, but can’t be hired until after their current team’s season is over.
Wild-card game delivers big weekend TV numbers: The NFL’s wild-card weekend drew huge television audiences. But none bigger than the 49ers-Green Bay Packers game. The 49ers’ 23-20 win over the Packers had 47.1 million viewers Sunday on Fox to make it the most-watched wild-card game on record.
The previous high was 42.4 million for the 2011 Steelers-Broncos game, which Denver won in overtime on Tim Tebow’s touchdown pass. The four wild-card games averaged 34.7 million viewers for the most-watched wild-card weekend on record.
Panthers receiver Smith says he will play: Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said he’ll play Sunday against the 49ers in the NFC divisional playoffs. The 34-year-old Smith said his sprained left knee “felt good” after doing some cutting during a light practice.