As the San Francisco 49ers' season-long struggle to rediscover its offensive identity helped derail the team's entire season, offensive coordinator Greg Roman became a favorite target of the team's fan base.
This after being a potential head-coaching candidate in previous years when the Niners' offense was humming.
That past success obviously means something to other teams as the Buffalo Bills on Monday requested permission of the 49ers to interview Roman for their vacant head-coaching position, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported.
While Jim Harbaugh did not take Roman with him to Michigan, it is fairly obvious Roman will not be returning to Santa Clara, either.
And yet, that past success, when the Niners were a power-running team that jump-started the hybrid skill set of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, seemingly has kept Roman more than an intriguing name.
All of which still begs the question -- why did the Niners switch their offense last year and whose call was it to do so in such dramatic fashion? The thing is neither Roman nor Harbaugh would ever admit the offense was tweaked.