Hiring future looks bright for assistants

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- If a San Francisco 49ers assistant coach is going to be become a head coach this year it is going to be in Cleveland.

ESPN is reporting Minnesota is hiring Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as head coach. 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula interviewed with the Vikings on Saturday. Neither coach has been connected to Cleveland. However, the Browns are not far along in their search and things could change.

Still, not all is lost if the coaches have to return next year. Roman will likely be a top candidate next year and have his choice of jobs. More success this year and interviewing experience will only make him more attractive next year.

Tomsula received great experience from the Minnesota interview, which is rare for a position coach. This will make him more attractive in the near future as well.