Eric Mangini is officially back in the NFL, after he was formally introduced today as a consultant on the 49ers’ coaching staff. And he made clear that he wants to be a lot more than just a consultant in the future.
Mangini confirmed that he’s hoping to get another shot at being a head coach, as he has previously been with the Jets and Browns.
“That’s definitely a goal of mine,” Mangini said. “Right now, I’m doing what I can do here as well as I can do it. I think it’s every coach’s goal to eventually do that.”
Although Mangini had a very good first season as a head coach, with the 2006 Jets, that remains the only time he led a team to the playoffs. He was fired by the Jets after missing the playoffs in 2007 and 2008, and then fired by the Browns after back-to-back 5-11 seasons in 2009 and 2010. That’s not exactly the kind of record that’s going to make him a hot head-coaching candidate.
But he’s now on the coaching staff of one of the NFL’s best teams. Which means he’s a lot closer to his goal of being a head coach again than he would have been if he had stayed at ESPN.