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49ers hire Eric Mangini as a consultant

File picture shows Cleveland Browns head coach Mangini standing on sidelines during their NFL game against Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore Reuters

Eric Mangini is back in the NFL, having taken a job with the 49ers.

We noted a couple weeks ago that Mangini becoming a consultant with the 49ers was a possibility, and now Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that it’s official: Mangini is taking a job in San Francisco with a title of Senior Offensive Consultant.

The 42-year-old Mangini has been out of the NFL since he was fired as the Browns’ head coach following the 2010 season. He has most recently been working as an analyst on ESPN.

Before taking over the Browns in 2009, Mangini was the coach of the Jets from 2006 to 2008. He was an assistant to Bill Belichick in New England from 2000 to 2005 and has also been an assistant for the Jets and Ravens.

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61 Responses to “49ers hire Eric Mangini as a consultant”
  1. grpatriot says: Jun 1, 2013 1:16 PM

    I wonder is he’ll ruin the Dynasty B4 it gets started?

  2. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 1, 2013 1:20 PM

    The Seahawks are the sexy pick all of a sudden, but I think the 49ers are almost a lock to be in the final four when its all said and done…and I see them facing off with the resurgent Saints now that they got their coach back. As for the AFC I think you gotta go with Denver, annnnd I got a feeling this is the year the Texans take a big step forward. Thinking outside the box.

  3. goldrush36 says: Jun 1, 2013 1:22 PM

    Before some birdbrain chimes in that he has a defensive background. He will be using that knowledge to help Roman and Harbaugh try to stay a step ahead of opposing D’s.

  4. jeremywflores says: Jun 1, 2013 1:25 PM

    Rich get richer. Glad he’s not taking a big role though.

  5. faulkner22 says: Jun 1, 2013 1:28 PM

    “GUYS WHO START OUT AS ‘VIDEO COORDINATORS’ DO WELL” —

    Coach Spo.

  6. mazblast says: Jun 1, 2013 1:28 PM

    This is a classic example of the Good Ol’ Boy network in a given sport. You don’t have to be good, you don’t have to be creative, you don’t have to have anything to contribute, you just have to be friendly with the right people and someone will find a job for you.

    I don’t see where the 49ers need a “consultant” on either side of the ball. It seems like they did just fine without “consultants” last year. Perhaps I’m wrong, but unlike what happened in Mangini’s head coaching tenures, the team looked like they knew what they were doing.

  7. mec693 says: Jun 1, 2013 1:28 PM

    I like listening to Mangini on ESPN a lot more now than I did when I had to hear him after Jets games. Hated his personality then but I think he’s learned a lot since

  8. green41563 says: Jun 1, 2013 1:29 PM

    It’s as a film consultant. Defensive signals and such.

  9. j0esixpack says: Jun 1, 2013 1:33 PM

    As a Patriots fan I’ve largely forgiven Mangini. He reported a rule violation in 2007 (a new rule established in 2006) and knowing that there are 20 cameras in the stands filming play calling, could not have known the extent to which Goodell would have over-reacted to a violation of a new rule banning them on the sideline.

    Then the Boston Herald fabricated the report about filming practices against the Rams (a story they retracted when the reporter admitted he completely misunderstood his source) – again, not Mangini’s fault.

    So it really comes down to Goodell trying to feign ignorance and trick fans into thinking play call filming is the exception and not the rule (hence, coordinators to this day cover their mouths when calling in plays)

    He can help the 49ers as an advisor, no doubt.

  10. tundratommy says: Jun 1, 2013 1:34 PM

    and all of the other nfl teams just got a little better

  11. miguel830 says: Jun 1, 2013 1:34 PM

    Dont think jim and eric can play well together. It was more of the ownership hiring him then it was jim. Good luck niners hope the upcoming season isn’t a power struggle.

  12. goldenfoot42 says: Jun 1, 2013 1:35 PM

    We all know jim has control of the offense when push comes to shove. But why not parade around some gr8 football minds on the way to a ring

  13. steelbreeze676 says: Jun 1, 2013 1:35 PM

    He actually sounds like a really solid X’s and O’s guy… I’m not sure where he failed as a head coach. Evaluating talent, motivating players, quickly making decisions based on situation…?

    Somewhere in there seems to be a severely broken link, and the Bellichick thing I think brings some severe character issues into question. Ratting out your old boss is childish and reeks of character flaws possibly from his own bad parenting as a child. He brought shame on Bill B., but also humiliated himself and his whole family in the process.

    He’s intellectually intelligent if not emotionally intelligent and I am hoping he puts the broken pieces together because I’d actually like to see him do well in this league.

  14. 9erswells77 says: Jun 1, 2013 1:35 PM

    I think he will make a difference as long as he not drafting. ..or callin plays

  15. sampsonswag01 says: Jun 1, 2013 1:47 PM

    Some guys are best suited as coordinators and I think Mangini is one of those guys. Glad to have him on board!

  16. surfinbird1 says: Jun 1, 2013 1:52 PM

    Lost all respect for the 9ers. First they sign that deal with levis. A company that now makes all its jeans in China. Now they hire this dirtbag. Welcome to China stadium Eric.

  17. seahonky says: Jun 1, 2013 1:53 PM

    And now the Seahawks are one step closer to the Super Bowl. Thank you 49ers.

  18. bigpap says: Jun 1, 2013 1:57 PM

    Manjudas in SF. Another team he can help crash and burn. Looks like Seattle takes the west this year.

  19. bigpap says: Jun 1, 2013 1:58 PM

    did I say Manjudas? I meant Mangini.

  20. jimjets says: Jun 1, 2013 2:00 PM

    you pats fans can call it ratting out your boss, or saying the “violations were really small” (that’s actually a funny one) but deep down, when no one’s around, you’re ashamed your team cheated.

    and you should be.

  21. jimjets says: Jun 1, 2013 2:01 PM

    and I’m certain he wasn’t hired as an offensive consultant, he’s a defensive coach

  22. bleedgreen says: Jun 1, 2013 2:05 PM

    This is about preparing for the future. Mangini’s defenses have always been pretty good, given he had at least average players to work with. His Pats D’s were good, his Jets D’s were usually top 5-10, even the Browns D was decent when he was there. The problem was he was not good at offense or coordinating a whole team as a head coach… and he was kind of a prick.

    If he’s under someone who has a cult of personality going already like Harbaugh does, and Roman is clearly the guy in charge but is a rising star in the league, Mangini should know his role, keep his mouth shut. When Roman inevitably gets hired someplace else as a head coach after this season or next, Mangini will slide into the DC position for the 49ers, all while getting a feel ahead of time without the pressure and spotlight being on him.

    Its actually really smart. He’s good at DC, he’s likely cheap, and he has incentive to tow the company line for at least a year or two.

  23. bigpap says: Jun 1, 2013 2:06 PM

    jimjets says: Jun 1, 2013 2:00 PM

    you pats fans can call it ratting out your boss, or saying the “violations were really small” (that’s actually a funny one) but deep down, when no one’s around, you’re ashamed your team cheated.

    and you should be.
    ———————————–

    what’s worse?

    The butt fumble or spy gate?

    yup, you guessed it – The butt fumble. lol

  24. dwatkins69 says: Jun 1, 2013 2:08 PM

    49ers, Whatever you do dont let him anywhere near your draft.

  25. mrbigass says: Jun 1, 2013 2:08 PM

    These teams have coaches out the wazoo and now they need a consultant?

  26. isthereanyusernamesleft says: Jun 1, 2013 2:19 PM

    Traitor. Loser. Sell out!!!

  27. hooligan45 says: Jun 1, 2013 2:22 PM

    mazblast says:
    Jun 1, 2013 1:28 PM
    This is a classic example of the Good Ol’ Boy network in a given sport. You don’t have to be good, you don’t have to be creative, you don’t have to have anything to contribute, you just have to be friendly with the right people and someone will find a job for you.

    I don’t see where the 49ers need a “consultant” on either side of the ball. It seems like they did just fine without “consultants” last year. Perhaps I’m wrong, but unlike what happened in Mangini’s head coaching tenures, the team looked like they knew what they were doing.
    ——————————————————–
    if it’s so goddam easy, then why aren’t you doing it? Since you’re such an expert on football and the 9ers, I’m sure they would love your opinion on what the team needs. SMH, get over yourself

  28. garyaero1 says: Jun 1, 2013 2:23 PM

    Seaducks are not tacking anything in NFC West but 2nd place if they are lucky enough to get that far LOL

  29. raiderlyfe510 says: Jun 1, 2013 2:25 PM

    That’s a good hire. Mangini built solid foundations with the Jets & Browns but he was fired before he got to reap the benefits.

  30. niner13 says: Jun 1, 2013 3:07 PM

    @bleedgreen
    Roman is the OC, not DC. Facts do matter.

  31. seaeagle707 says: Jun 1, 2013 3:07 PM

    Mangini at SF. WOW!!! How in the world did Pete, pull this off? LOL.

    GO HAWKS!!!

  32. tjbra9 says: Jun 1, 2013 3:08 PM

    Hey bleedgreen – your thinkiing is faulty considering Greg Roman is the OC moron! Vic Fangio is the DC. They brought him in to consider what defenses might try to do to slow down Kap.

  33. pemory says: Jun 1, 2013 3:29 PM

    Ummmm, why?????????????????????

  34. crappygovernment says: Jun 1, 2013 3:51 PM

    He’s a hero for lisping cheaters just Like Tebow is for Christians!

  35. ambitoos says: Jun 1, 2013 4:00 PM

    This is just giving a man a job that needs one.

  36. CKL says: Jun 1, 2013 4:20 PM

    j0esixpack says: Jun 1, 2013 1:33 PM

    As a Patriots fan I’ve largely forgiven Mangini.
    _________________________________
    I’ll never “forgive” him, but I do think he can be a valuable asset to a team. The guy does know his stuff, and I actually enjoy his x and o stuff a lot on ESPN. I admit, it does make me pause to see guys like Rodney and Tedy not have open hostility for him even though it was their accomplishments he put in question. There’s probably more to the story than we will ever know.

    steelbreeze,

    Pretty good post except for the parents part. I honestly think he was just bitter at the way things went down when he left for the NYJ ( he did stuff BB didn’t like on the way out and BB locked him out of the facility is the story)and looking for payback. No one’s actions hurt you like the ones done by people you liked and respected for a long time. BB has mended fences with Parcells to the point they are cordial now and that was a pretty ugly breakup. The fact he hasn’t done the same with Mangini does tell me something.

  37. pop562 says: Jun 1, 2013 4:22 PM

    The Seahawks should be called the shetalks, bunch of females bickering and talking a lot of smack when they never won anything.

  38. navyeoddavee9 says: Jun 1, 2013 4:22 PM

    He was hired as a offensive consultant, which is a little weird, since he’s a defensive guy

  39. ninerfan81 says: Jun 1, 2013 4:38 PM

    Hope this is the Patriots Mangini and not the Jets/Browns Mangini….this is just his segue back into the coaching ranks, a favor by Harbaugh…

  40. herkulease says: Jun 1, 2013 4:39 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised he’s hired as consultant as a way to get around rules and possibly just promote Mangini up without have to interview others should one of their coordinators leaves for a head coaching position.

    Niners can’t hang onto their coordinators forever. I highly doubt they are Monte Kiffin type person who prefer to be coordinator and never give head coaching a try.

  41. denverdude7 says: Jun 1, 2013 5:04 PM

    Part of the Factory of Sadness lands in San Francisco… good luck with that.

    LMAO !!!!!!!

  42. seahawk12man says: Jun 1, 2013 6:40 PM

    Since Seattle joined the NFC West in 2002 the Seahawks have won 12 of 22 games against the 49ers. Here is a breakdown of division titles:

    Seattle – 5 NFC West Championships
    49ers – 3 NFC West Championships
    Cardinals – 2 NFC West Championships
    Rams – 1 NFC West Championship

    This season will make it 6. NO Team from west won the superbowl since 2002.

    Hope you 49ers enjoyed the years we spent rebuilding. Notice is served…

    Thanks for your cooperation! Sincerely,

    The 12th Man (aka your Daddy)

  43. edwinmoses says: Jun 1, 2013 6:41 PM

    “Mangenius” lol. What a joke.

  44. castlelong1 says: Jun 1, 2013 6:55 PM

    Why?

    Let’s assume the guy is a genius that makes Einstein look like Moe Howard.

    Harbaugh has to realize that once he goes to another team he might cry to the commissioner about how evil a cheater Harbaugh is.

    Why did Harbaugh take THAT risk? To my thinking no upside is good enough.

  45. rajbais says: Jun 1, 2013 7:06 PM

    This recommendation was likely made by Special Teams coach Brad Seely.

    Both were colleagues in New England and Cleveland.

  46. seahonky says: Jun 1, 2013 7:07 PM

    Mangini is 42? Man, he’s younger than some of the players!

  47. prijak1 says: Jun 1, 2013 7:34 PM

    The Seahawks are the real deal … I can’t wait to see them crush & embarrass the 49ers . As for Mangini , he will never be a head coach , this is really a bone head move on the 49ers part

  48. prijak1 says: Jun 1, 2013 7:37 PM

    Mangini will ruin the 49ers momentum ….. Looks like the Seahawks will win the NFC West Title this year ….

  49. prijak1 says: Jun 1, 2013 7:39 PM

    I will never forgive Mangini for Spy-gate. Mangini is done , he destroyed the Jets locker literally destroyed the moral of the team. Next year we will read how Mangini destroyed the 49ers Superbowl hopes….. This year it will be Patriots vs. Seahawks in the Big game….

  50. metspeed21 says: Jun 1, 2013 7:40 PM

    Loved Mangini as a coach in Cleveland. Yes, his first draft was terrible, but he was building a fierce team before the walrus showed up.

    I hope this leads to bigger things for him. I appreciate what he did in Cleveland and loved his vision.

  51. steelbreeze676 says: Jun 1, 2013 7:45 PM

    I’m not trying to dog the guy’s parents to be a jerk… I just think we’re looking at a character flaw and that’s usually where that sort of thing stems from.

    Things don’t always go your way in life, especially when you’re young and not the boss. There are better ways to handle those situations.

  52. bravedown50 says: Jun 1, 2013 7:53 PM

    He coached the Browns and the Jets. Of course they were going to loose. Belichick couldn’t win with the Browns ether. Now he’s considered one of the best coaches in the league after he got with a good organizaton. Mangini is smart and will use this opportunity to rejuvenate his image.

  53. pdidit09 says: Jun 1, 2013 8:19 PM

    I love Mangini, it does sound like a move from the top.

  54. doclolly says: Jun 1, 2013 8:58 PM

    he a decent hire he made a lot of good draft choices for the JETS Like
    D’Brickashaw Ferguson
    Nick Mangold
    Leon Washington
    Darrelle Revis
    David Harris
    Dustin Keller

    so you never know he might help

  55. trollaikman8 says: Jun 1, 2013 9:23 PM

    4-12

  56. leftyjsf says: Jun 1, 2013 11:07 PM

    Brian Robiskie and Chansi Stuckey to fill in for Crabtree. Mangini stinks

  57. brennenboose says: Jun 2, 2013 12:47 AM

    Mangini was is being brought in as an offensive consultant with a defensive mindset. WHen developing a game plan he will be in the room to tell them how he as an defensive minded coach would adjust and modify for the game plan… This will help keep the niners ahead of the opponent. At the end of the day all he can do is help… He’s only a consultant lol.

  58. sdchicken says: Jun 2, 2013 1:15 AM

    The fact that this story has 57 responses just shows how much people are craving the start of the NFL season. Great sport…

  59. macklinr61 says: Jun 2, 2013 10:35 AM

    Succession planning. Harbaugh has three more years on his contract. Jed York is preparing for the future when Jimbo becomes too expensive to re-sign. Maybe Jed notices Mangini has the “hot hand” in week seven and benches Harbaugh. It will be a tough, risky, decision but one that will work out nicely – until Mangini can’t gain five yards on three tries.

  60. myosin10 says: Jun 2, 2013 1:09 PM

    Anyone else get the feeling Seattle will flop this year? They won’t be sneaking up on anyone and the West will be better. I don’t know if they get second, I’m thinking Arizona comes on strong with Palmer and gets second in the West behind SF. Seattle is talking a big game for a team with one good year.

  61. forty9asty says: Jun 3, 2013 10:01 AM

    seahawk12man says:
    Jun 1, 2013 6:40 PM
    Since Seattle joined the NFC West in 2002 the Seahawks have won 12 of 22 games against the 49ers. Here is a breakdown of division titles:

    Seattle – 5 NFC West Championships
    49ers – 3 NFC West Championships
    Cardinals – 2 NFC West Championships
    Rams – 1 NFC West Championship

    Okay…good for you guys. How about some more stats?
    Seattle: 0 Superbowls, a whopping 1 appearance in their history.
    9-12 all time record in playoffs, 6-7 since 2002
    San Francisco: 5 Superbowls in 6 appearances
    29-20 all time in playoffs, 4-3 since 2002

    Sure, Seattle has more division championships since the realignment, but we still beat you in every meaningful category. Unlike you guys, we don’t have an overall losing record (280-300), or an overall losing record in the playoffs, or even an overall losing record since your beloved 2002. Oh, wait…let me guess…”42-13″?

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