Eric Mangini takes up senior offensive consultant job with 49ers
Although Mangini’s coaching expertise primarily falls on the defensive side of the ball, he is expected to help 49ers offensive coach Greg Roman and the entire offensive staff, analyze game plans from a defensive perspective. Mangini will essentially help the defending NFC Champions unravel opposing defenses by exposing their weaknesses.
Mangini was a defensive backs coach and later promoted to defensive coordinator under Bill Belichick over a six year stint with the New England Patriots (2000-2005). He also served in assistant roles on both sides of the ball during two separate coaching stints with the Baltimore Ravens and Jets.
As a head coach, Mangini compiled a 33-47 record over five seasons split between the Jets and Browns. He replaced Herman Edwards in New York to become the league's youngest head coach at 35, upon being hired by the Jets in 2006. In his first year as a head coach, Mangini led the Jets to the playoffs on the heels of a 10-6 season, but he failed to reach the postseason in the final four seasons. Mangini went 4-12 in 2007 and 9-7 the following year, before being fired. His stint with the Cleveland Browns lasted over two years, which included a pair of 5-11 seasons, before losing a head coaching job for the second time in his NFL career at the end of the 2010 season. Mangini had been most recently working as an analyst on ESPN.
Mangini will join Trent Baalke (general manager) and Brad Seely (assistant head coach/special teams) in San Francisco after crossing paths with both in the past during his NFL coaching career. Baalke was a personnel scout with the Jets while Mangini was the team’s defensive assistant from 1997-1999. Meanwhile, Seely worked with Mangini in New England and Cleveland. Both initially worked together on Bill Belichick’s coaching staff for at least six seasons before Seely followed Mangini to Cleveland to run the Browns’ specials teams from 2009-2010.
The 42-year-old Mangini’s role with the 49ers could eventually evolve in the future If an opening comes up on the team’s coaching staff, which have stayed relatively unchanged since head coach Jim Harbaugh’s arrival in 2011.
Mangini will become the only former head coach on the 49ers’ coaching staff, and one of the few individuals with head coaching experience in other leagues/programs. Linebackers coach Jim Leavitt was a former head coach at South Florida from 1997-2009, while the team’s current defensive line coach Jim Tolsua was a head coach in NFL Europe.