Saints wanted to talk to Donatell, 49ers said no

The Saints are still expected to hire Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator, but they’re also trying to talk to others, as well.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Saints asked permission to interview 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell, but the 49ers refused.

If a position coach is under contract, as Donatell is, teams can refuse permission for coordinator jobs. It’s the trade-off for an extra year of security, which coaches are generally eager to accept.

Whether the Saints are doing anything other than poking at a conference rival while maintaining the illusion of a wide-open job search remains to be seen.

24 responses to “Saints wanted to talk to Donatell, 49ers said no

  1. The Saints better not allow an assistant under contract to EVER go to the 49ers after this. What a bush league move.

    Looks like sour grapes after getting embarrassed in the Superbowl to me

  2. Real Nice, way to cost the guy a chance at a possible coordinator spot. They could have at least let him test the waters. Damn the man!!

  3. Have fun with Rob Ryan chumps, only folks available are Roman and Fangio for head coaching spots. Donatell has been promised the keys to the car if/when Fangio leaves. This is what successful teams do instead of changing coordinators like underwear.

  4. Nobody got embarrassed in the Super Bowl, hater. The Ravens made more plays and won the game with a strong, last minute goal line stand. The Niners came within five yards of the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. They outgained the Ravens by over 100 yards, had one 100 yard rusher and two plus 100 yard receiver. They had a bad first half. Nobody was embarrassed except possibly bitter Saints fans sitting at home watching two away teams play the big game in their stadium.

  5. Embarrassed at the Superbowl? They lost by 3 points. Almost pulled off the greatest comeback of all time.

  6. hoops737 says:
    Feb 6, 2013 2:56 PM
    The Saints better not allow an assistant under contract to EVER go to the 49ers after this. What a bush league move.

    Looks like sour grapes after getting embarrassed in the Superbowl to me

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    No, running a bounty program is bush league

  7. almost doesnt count… plus the power going out definitely had something to do with that “greatest comeback of all time”

  8. They wouldn’t let him leave because he is likely going to take over for Vic Fangio when he gets hired as a head coach (which will probably be soon). Seems like a smart move to me.

  9. Bill Walsh often spoke about how letting his assistants interview for promotion opportunities elsewhere was the right thing to do, and an organization that brought bigger opporunties to its employees would be more successful and desirable to work for, after the Bengals did the exact opposite to him when he was one of their assistant coaches, providing bad refences and killing interviews for any other team interested in him as a head coach or coordinator in order to keep him in the fold. I guess this shows how far this 49er organization has come from the values of a guy like Bill Walsh.

  10. The 49ers kept a guy in their organization who would have gone to the extremely disfuntional Saints. Fair move on their part.

    On the flip side, the 49ers secondary is by far the weakest unit on their team, so why would the Saints want him?

    It would actually have been a smart move by the 49ers to let him go.

  11. Good point diesel330. Given the way the “Saints” went out to injure the 9ers I wouldn’t give them anything either. On the other hand, I doubt that this is making Donatell a happy employee…

  12. This happens all the time, especially when the team is in the same conference and put hits out on Crabtree’s ACL. As a 9ers fan, I’m only concerned as to why they are so keen on keeping the coach of the biggest weakness on their team. What’s next, promoting the special teams coach?

  13. Yeah the secondary is the weakest part of the team, must be the result of opposing teams abandoning the run and having to throw 60 times. Can’t even tell you the name of the packers rb, Michael Turner got sidelined, and Ray Rice was a non factor. Better hope the rumors are not true and we trade for Revis

  14. This has nothing to do with it being the Saints that wanted to hire him; the 9ers did the same thing to the Bucs last year. They want to keep him and they should. His contact is setup to allow the team to do this and he is fine with it. Don’t read too much into this, try to be a big boy fan.

    The fact that the secondary is the weakest part of the team centers around talent and not coaching, If you are going to armchair QB, try to do it with some intelligence. The 9ers lack talented corners behind Rogers, who is a solid #2. Brown is average. Culliver is suspect. They need a number 1 CB.

  15. slayer47 says:Feb 6, 2013 3:25 PM

    almost doesnt count… plus the power going out definitely had something to do with that “greatest comeback of all time”

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    It was statistically the greatest comeback in Superbowl history. So putting quotes around it doesn’t make any sense.

  16. slayer47 says:
    Feb 6, 2013 3:25 PM
    almost doesnt count… plus the power going out definitely had something to do with that “greatest comeback of all time”
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    How on earth do people seem to think this helped anyone? The 49ers came out of that blackout with a 3rd and 13 that they didn’t get and immediately had to punt.

  17. The 9ner’s ran a bounty but they didn’t get caught all teams did this and still doing it without making speeches. The King of bounties is being let back into the league what you have to say about that. Greg Williams

  18. bartlettruss says:
    Feb 6, 2013 3:29 PM
    Good point diesel330. Given the way the “Saints” went out to injure the 9ers I wouldn’t give them anything either. On the other hand, I doubt that this is making Donatell a happy employee…
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    So, they went out to injure players in a game IN WHICH THEY WEREN’T EVEN PENALIZED????

    I have to hand it to Goodell. He knows his target audience mentality.

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