Report: 49ers’ Eric Mangini emerges as Defensive Coordinator Candidate


According to a Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows (pictured above on the right), 49ers tight-ends coach Eric Mangini is now a candidate for the defensive coordinator position.

Mangini who came to San Francisco initially as an offensive assistant in 2013 before moving to tight-ends coach will now get a look to be the next Niners defensive play-caller.

Mangini, served one year as the New England Patriots defensive coordinator in 2005 before moving on as a head coach with the New York Jets (2006-2008) and Cleveland Browns (2009-2010).

In Mangini’s lone season as the Patriots defensive coordinator, his unit ranked 26th in the NFL in total defense, while ranking 17th in scoring defense.

The word ‘stability’ comes to mind when thinking about a possible Mangini hiring since he has been on the 49ers coaching staff these past two seasons while working with 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula in the process.

With Mangini already meeting with Washington and Oakland for their defensive coordinator opening, it will be interesting what the 49ers will do as GM Trent Baalke continues to scout college players at this week’s Senior Bowl.


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