With news that the San Francisco 49ers will promote Eric Mangini to defensive coordinator, I can’t help but think he has some coaching candidates of his own in mind, and one name to consider is Bryan Cox.
The once boisterous, flamboyant, and energetic three-time All-Pro linebacker, instantly becomes a defensive line coaching candidate the 49ers should consider.
Do NOT be surprised if Eric Mangini brings over Bryan Cox to serve as DL coach. He was Mangini’s DL coach with both Jets and Browns.
— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) January 22, 2015
For starters, he is already on a shaky coaching staff as the Atlanta Falcons fired Mike Smith and the majority of his coaches, leaving the team in shambles. And with the Falcons unable to officially hire Seattle Seahawks DC Dan Quinn, as he sets his eyes on the Super Bowl prize, makes Cox nothing more than a sitting duck at the moment.
— Mike Shumann (@MikeShumann) January 22, 2015
This could be a blessing in disguise for San Francisco, as Mangini has worked with Cox in the past. From 2006-2008, Cox worked under Mangini in New York as the team’s assistant defensive line coach while then following Mangini to Cleveland from 2009-2010 to serve as the team’s defensive line coach.
However, it is unknown whether Mangini will make a phone call to Cox as he has been rumored to stay under Quinn’s staff if in fact he is their next head coach. But nothing is official and the way the Mangini-Cox relationship has been in the past you can be sure he will at least consider the possibility.
For those who remember Cox as a player, he was cocky, arrogant, and out-spoken. A linebacker who played with a nasty mean-streak, there is no question Cox would bring that type of demeanor to Santa Clara, which in all honesty is sorely missing.
With the 49ers trying to shape up their defensive staff, it will be interesting to see who they hire next, as the 49ers are reportedly in talks with former New York Giants Perry Fewell for the defensive backs position.