The agent for 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said his client is a finalist to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State. Mike Harrison said Monday by phone that Roman interviewed for the position in November and is on the “short list” at the embattled program, rocked in recent months by the sex abuse scandal. Harrison said he expects to know in about a week whether Roman will be hired, but declined to offer further details, such as whether Roman would finish out the season with the playoff-bound NFC West champion 49ers (13-3). Harrison said Roman — who came to the 49ers from Stanford along with coach Jim Harbaugh — was offered the Tulane job to replace Bob Toledo.
2012 schedule: The NFL released opponents for the 2012 season. Along with the combined six games against NFC West opponents, the 49ers will host the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins next season, while hitting the road to face the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and New York Jets.
Ball security: The 49ers finished the season with just 10 turnovers, which equaled the 2010 New England Patriots for the fewest in NFL history. The five interceptions thrown by the team is also a franchise record and ties the NFL record for a single season. Meanwhile, the 49ers’ turnover differential of +28 also set a franchise record.