INDIANAPOLIS -- Trent Baalke's go-to phrase Wednesday morning was undoubtedly "heck of a ______."
Tom Gamble is a heck of a scout. Jim Harbaugh is a heck of a coach. The University of Michigan football coach is a heck of a job.
And, according to the San Francisco 49ers' general manager, the Buffalo Bills are getting a ... wait for it ... heck of a coach in new offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
"I think if you look back on last season -- and I'm not one to look back -- I'm trying to move forward and we as an organization are trying to move forward. I think Greg is one heck of a football coach and for whatever reason last year it just didn't work," Baalke said. "As you look at why, we had injuries. There were other things that were going on and there were a lot of different battles being played out in different ways. But, I take nothing away from the coaches. They worked their tail end off. They were in there early. They stayed late. They did everything that was asked of them and so did the players. But, sometimes it just doesn't work."
The 49ers finished 8-8 in 2014, missing the playoffs after a run of three straight appearances in the NFC Championship Game. Harbaugh departed for Michigan, while Roman came to Buffalo to work under Rex Ryan.