Chip Kelly fires Eric Mangini as 49ers defensive coordinator

AP

Chip Kelly hasn’t named his new defensive coordinator in San Francisco, but it won’t be the old defensive coordinator.

Eric Mangini has been fired, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports. Mangini served as defensive coordinator last year on Jim Tomsula’s staff after serving as an offensive assistant the previous two years on Jim Harbaugh’s staff.

Now Mangini may struggle to find a new coaching job elsewhere, as his firing comes fairly late in the game after most teams have filled out their staffs. Mangini spent two years out of coaching after he was fired as head coach of the Browns following the 2010 season, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him spend a year out of coaching again.

There’s no word on who Kelly will hire as his new defensive coordinator. Mike Vrabel has already turned the job down, but Kelly presumably has someone else in mind.

121 responses to “Chip Kelly fires Eric Mangini as 49ers defensive coordinator

  1. Would it surprise anyone if Chip delayed the decision on purpose just to jack Mangini for other opportunities?

  2. At least he was able to spend a year under one of the great football minds of our time, James Andrew Tomsula.

  3. Chip Kelly hasn’t changed a bit since being fired by the Eagles. He’s bringing his dysfunction to the Bay area. Good luck 49ers. You asked for it.

  4. A rat was fired? I don’t feel sorry at all. Glad Chip Kelly held out as long as he can till other opportunities were closed up. I bet Belichick had a hand in this. Delay and fire.

  5. We’ll probably promote Jan from accounting to fill out this stellar staff Chip is putting together. The only good to come from Kelly getting hired is the fact that he, Baalke and Kaep will all be gone within the next two years.

  6. Trying to stay positive here but things don’t look good so far.

    The attempted Vrabel hiring is the big red flag on Kelly.

    No team in the NFL should EVER hire as Defensive Coordinator someone with one year — one!– of coaching experience in his life, and even thats merely as a LB coach.

    This ain’t the Arena League. This is the N-F-L, man!

  7. “mangini will always be considered a RAT to me”

    So he should have let the Patriots continue to cheat?

    Well, the Pats still are cheating, so maybe you have a point.

  8. I am not a Mangini fan by any means and of course when a new coach comes in he should create the staff he wants but the way this was handled says far more about Kelly than it does about who he fired. Shopping the job and doing interviews while the position was still occupied was scummy. I never had anything against Kelly for any of the ridiculous things said by or about him and the strange roster moves but this definitively shows low character.

  9. Mangini “guided” them to being the 29th ranked defense in the league this year. But that was one spot higher than Chip’s Eagles.

  10. cheeks9441 says:

    At least he was able to spend a year under one of the great football minds of our time, James Andrew Tomsula.

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    This comment wins!!

  11. jetsclaps says:
    Jan 22, 2016 5:16 PM
    “mangini will always be considered a RAT to me”

    So he should have let the Patriots continue to cheat?

    Well, the Pats still are cheating, so maybe you have a point.
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    Someone who turns someone else in for something they were themselves doing is a rat. The Jets were also videotaping.

    The Jets are bigger cheaters than the Patriots dating back to tampering with Parcells and Martin. The only difference no one cares because they suck.

  12. I’m pretty sure it went down like this:

    1. Mangini finds out that his job was offered to Mike Vrabel
    2. Mangini storms into Chip’s office and tells him to cut that sheet out. If he doesn’t want him there, then let him go.
    3. Chip says, sure…You’re fired! And then puts on a Donald Trump hairpiece.

  13. Sheattles window well and truly closed. But as usual anything 49ers related they arrive. The Bandwagon rolls up. A few sad, lonely and dejected “fans” fall off. Desperately the search and scramble, looking for reasons to become relevant to 49ers fans. They crave recognition, frantically clawing at any shred of an opportunity to create their chance of a rivalary. A faux rivalry, only outshone be their faux dynasty, but still they cling to this imaginary float. Truth is they have nothing. An empty shell. Their only glow a single Lombardi for their “years of dominance”. They are dark, lonely,sad characters. Craving the Red and Gold reverence, seeking the history of a storied, world wide brand, only to be trodden on and forgotten like the majority of their fellow “followers”. Their final despair, a scared ignorance of reality. AFC? NFC? No one knows – no one cares. They are of no significance, even in their own city. Their stadium, old, decrepit, hollow. Stolen nickname, stamped on by a school. Their greatest ever players remain unknown to the throng. One day, in an NFL far, far away, they hope to be important. For now they are bitter, pained, denied status. Denied a stage. Denied real fans. They grasp frantically and kneel at the 49er alter of greatness. Dazzled, transfixed, wide eyed at our 5. Unfit for purpose they crawl back to the rain. Loss is tragic. Show pity fellow Faithful. They are worthy of pity at least. Just pity, nothing more. They are worthless.

  14. Saga moves from the east coast to the west coast……………

    Jesus will these freakin Owners learn from one another

  15. Someone who turns someone else in for something they were themselves doing is a rat. The Jets were also videotaping.

    The Jets are bigger cheaters than the Patriots dating back to tampering with Parcells and Martin. The only difference no one cares because they suck.
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    Stage 5 of Patriots fans’ defection of cheating: Constantly bring up alleged scandals of other teams from the 1990s that no one has heard about

  16. Dennis Thurman is going to be available just as soon as Rob Ryan sabotages him in Buffalo. Dennis’ agent needs to get Chip on the phone right now.

  17. So long, rat.

    Chip: “Who’s that we’re interviewing?”
    Aide: “It’s Glen from the mailroom”
    Chip: “Who?”
    Aide: “Glen. From the mailroom. He works way downstairs.”
    Chip: “Who?”
    Aide: “GLEN FROM THE MAILROOM!!”

  18. Now we all have to watch Chip once again get rid of every person on the 49’ers who is a real man and who has the audacity to question anything he does. I predict he’ll be gone after one season.

  19. Say what you want about Mangini, I still think the guy is a good head coach. He was better than Rex, made good personnel decisions, and might have done something if Favre wasn’t forced upon him, or tear his muscle after being forced upon him. He was also good within 2 minutes on both sides of the ball. If you ask me, that is the thing that most coaches that are semi-successful, ahem Bowles, have the most trouble with.

  20. There isn’t a clubhouse or meeting room anywhere in the league large enough to fit the egos of both Kelly and Mangini. Heck, the state of California might not be large enough.

  21. Sheattles window well and truly closed. But as usual anything 49ers related they arrive. The Bandwagon rolls up. A few sad, lonely and dejected “fans” fall off. Desperately the search and scramble, looking for reasons to become relevant to 49ers fans. They crave recognition, frantically clawing at any shred of an opportunity to create their chance of a rivalary. A faux rivalry, only outshone be their faux dynasty, but still they cling to this imaginary float. Truth is they have nothing. An empty shell. Their only glow a single Lombardi for their “years of dominance”. They are dark, lonely,sad characters. Craving the Red and Gold reverence, seeking the history of a storied, world wide brand, only to be trodden on and forgotten like the majority of their fellow “followers”. Their final despair, a scared ignorance of reality. AFC? NFC? No one knows – no one cares. They are of no significance, even in their own city. Their stadium, old, decrepit, hollow. Stolen nickname, stamped on by a school. Their greatest ever players remain unknown to the throng. One day, in an NFL far, far away, they hope to be important. For now they are bitter, pained, denied status. Denied a stage. Denied real fans. They grasp frantically and kneel at the 49er alter of greatness. Dazzled, transfixed, wide eyed at our 5. Unfit for purpose they crawl back to the rain. Loss is tragic. Show pity fellow Faithful. They are worthy of pity at least. Just pity, nothing more. They are worthless.
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    you mad bro?

    Go Hawks

  22. Stage 5 of Patriots fans’ defection of cheating: Constantly bring up alleged scandals of other teams from the 1990s that no one has heard about

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    A little history lesson to get you all up to speed on the 1990s scandals. The Jets tampered with Patriots coach Bill Parcells in 1996 as he was taking the Patriots to the Super Bowl. Parcells resigned after the game – a loss to the Packers – and didn’t even return home with the team. When he officially signed with the Jets, the Patriots were awarded four draft picks – a 1st, a 2nd, a 3rd and a 4th. When the Parcells and the Jets stole Curtis Martin a year later, the Patriots were awarded two draft picks – a 1st and a 3rd. When the Patriots wanted to sign Bill Belichick as head coach in 2000, in a sham move Parcells stepped aside to make Belichick head coach of the Jets even though he didn’t want the job. Belichick sued the NFL and eventually got his wish to go to the Patriots in exchange for a 1st round pick and a swap of some lower round picks. And that, boys and girls, is how the Patriots and Jets started hating each other.

  23. .
    Chip let Mangini twist in the wind…… Let him think he may survive, and then out came the long knives. Belichick couldn’t have done it much better.
    .

  24. “..Stage 5 of Patriots fans’ defection of cheating: Constantly bring up alleged scandals of other teams from the 1990s that no one has heard about..”
    ==================================
    Judging by some of the comments, a lot of posters were not even around then; and are too lazy to do any research on their own.

  25. Completely overrated backstabber. Got two head coaching jobs because he was an understudy of one of the greatest coaches of all time and he threw him under the bus when he couldnt beat him. Mangini deserves to be nothing more than a position coach, IF that.

  26. Chip is gonna bring that dope Billy Davis with him as DC. As an Eagles fan, I feel bad for you 49ers fans. You will see what we learned quickly. Chip is a con artist who ruins your team and refuses to ever take any blame.
    He is Barney Rubble, if he was a used car salesman.

  27. All of you Pats homers are hysterical. It’s obvious, and Mangini has admitted as much, that he wasn’t trying to turn anyone in…just trying to keep them from taping the Jets.

    As for not being able to beat Belichick, the last time they coached head to head, Mangini embarrassed the Pats with the Colt McCoy led Browns.

    Mangini did get put in a tough spot this year. Retirements and injuries hampered the lineup and the offense gave them the worst defensive starting field position in the league. Pats fans just don’t ever want to admit that this guy can coach and that is no surprise considering how much more interested they are in being homers rather than knowing anything about football.

  28. 6ball says:
    Jan 22, 2016 6:27 PM

    Chip let Mangini twist in the wind…… Let him think he may survive, and then out came the long knives. Belichick couldn’t have done it much better.
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    Mangini’s defense finished 29th in the league last year. Why would anyone – including Mangini – think that was good enough to keep the job?

  29. Chip Kelly is close friends with Belichick and Mangini is, well, Judas.

    He owes his entire NFL existence to Belichick, yet took a minor infraction (the same infraction that Mangini was guilty of with the Jets, by the way) and blew it up, creating the irrational hysteria that has surrounded it to this day.

    Deflategate wouldn’t have even been a thing without Mangini’s actions over the first game of the season in 2007, so you know where this guy ranks with Belichick, the Patriots organization, and the region.

  30. All the silly hate comments aside, as a Hawk fan that loved the rivalry under Harbaugh, the entire 49er organization looks worse every day. This has gone from a dumpster fire to a landfill fire. You know how hard it is to put out 100 acres of old tires.

  31. carloswlassiter says:
    Jan 22, 2016 6:33 PM

    Regardless of what you think of Belichick or NE, would you want a known backstabbing rat on your staff?___________________________

    ypu mean Chip wants to be the only backstabbing rat on that staff

  32. so they fired Harbaugh because he was “difficult” and they hired KELLY????????????????????

    49rs may be the most dysfunctional organization in the League–Cleveland fans are grateful

  33. If he does not get a coordinator job he will most likely be a consultant on the Dolphins staff…and that would not be a bad thing for Miami as experience is in short supply.

  34. I don’t think Chip is making personnel decisions in SF. For the sake of SF fans, I hope hiring Chip works out for them. But Baalke and York are the same ones that hired Tomsula last year.

  35. I’m sure Chip has a line of people that want to coach a defense that is going to be on the field 3 full games more than an average defense.

    I mean, who wants to spend time teaching schemes, fundamentals, match ups, etc, when you can spend all of your time working on conditioning to prepare for the 90 snaps a game you are going to play?

    I’m sure the only line that is longer is the line of DB’s that want to run up and down the field 75 times a game, then get blamed when they get burned deep in the 4th quarter on the 78th trip

  36. floriostoupee says:
    Jan 22, 2016 7:01 PM
    Pat fans have apparently forgotten ” I hereby resign as HC of the NYJ. BB”
    ==================================
    and you apparently have forgotten or most likely have no knowledge of how that Jets’ HC went down. Besides, what was a bigger disgrace than Parcels making a deal to go to the Jets while he should have been preparing to play the Packers in the SB ( maybe like think about Reggie White) ? There’s just something about that Jets organization…..

  37. To add to parilli15’s good historical post, the Jets ownership was under transition at that time. It was not a sure thing who was going to be the owner when the job was given to him. Also, Belichick would not have full control of the team like he has with the Pats as Parcels would still be involved in the Jets’ day to day operation. A situation that Belichick rightfully thought wasn’t a good deal at all.

  38. That awkward moment when the old crappy coach that everyone briefly considered a “genius” is canned by the new flavor-of-the-month crappy coach that everyone is considering a genius.

  39. Is this a bad time to point out that the guy who turned the 49ers down for them to hire Chip Kelley in the first place literally said in his press conference that people were begging to work for him and ended up having people quit other teams to work for him all the while Kelley is getting turned down and having to get coaches from the Bargain bin.

    The 49ers have lost to the Browns now twice this year. Good thing they aren’t in the division.

  40. floriostoupee says:
    Jan 22, 2016 7:01 PM

    Pat fans have apparently forgotten ” I hereby resign as HC of the NYJ. BB”
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    Forgotten it? They probably have it engraved in some place of honor in their houses.

  41. this is normal, new HC comes in with new staff. I think a lot of people are making it more than it really is. We knew that if they wanted Vrabel then Mangini’s term in SF (SC) wouldn’t be long. I’ve heard names like Jason Tarver being mentioned. It just has to be a strong Defense if what everyone is saying is true, that the O will be fast paced. Still holding judgement on Kelly. Now if he starts getting good of great players who are productive, then well…it gets personal. But I will hold off on judgement. I can only get better from Tomsula’s time with the team

  42. Ratatouille, 49er’s style. A dish best served cold to the right person. Too bad his departure wasn’t taped as well so we could all read his signals as he exited the stadium

  43. The rat is sniffing for another piece of cheese. The only takers left are bspn and it’s where this fraud belongs. His camera guy in the stands snitching out the patriots camera man on the sidelines is hilarious. As Parcells was fond of saying you are what your record says you are. A RAT!

  44. The coaching staff did a good job in the opening game, winning against the Vikings. Then, inexplicably, the team stopped doing what it did to win the next game, namely they stopped blitzing and allowed Big Ben to pick the defensive secondary apart. There is no secondary in the league that can be successful with no pass rush of any kind. It is this sort of inexplicable and inconsistent performance that made the Niners a 5-11 team in 2015. They would play well one game, and then the offensive and defensive game plans turned bad another game. The head coach was fired because the front office believes that the Niners are a better team than their record suggests. Obviously the head coach wasn’t the only one who did not do a good job.

  45. I wish people would Shutup with the “THE DRAMA CONTINUES” bs…the man fired a DC who led the 28th ranked defense.

  46. Nice to see all these rat/snitch references. Patriot fans finally seem ready to admit the organization was engaging in improper behavior for which they could be ratted out. Better late than never!

  47. Entering coaches fire members of previous regimes all the time.

    Chip Kelly does not walk on water.
    He puts his shoes on one at a time just like the rest of us.
    He did an awful job in Philadelphia.
    His system is a gimmick college system that he proved he couldn’t or wouldn’t or refused to tweak for the pro game.
    He relates much better to players playing for educations than grown men playing professional football.

  48. yb1956 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 6:05 PM

    Just wait until Chip figures out who his most talented players are – they will be gone soon.

    They were already taken care of the previous year.

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