Eric Mangini is reportedly leaving ESPN, where he’s been an analyst for the past two seasons, to get back into coaching as a member of Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers staff in the role of senior offensive consultant.
You’re probably asking, “But wait, isn’t Mangini a defensive-minded coach?”
Yes, but he’s being brought on to use that background to help give the offense a defensive perspective. It’s a new position on Harbaugh’s coaching staff. It also gives Mangini an inside track to be elevated to one of the assistant jobs on defense if one of the coaches on that side of the ball were to leave down the road. Or, who knows, maybe another head coaching gig elsewhere?
Mangini is coming off two less-than-spectacular head coaching stints with the Jets (23-26) and more recently with the Browns (10-22). In his defense, they’re the Jets and the Browns. Mangini is still regarded one of the better defensive minds in football and was a capable analyst on ESPN, which you can’t say for a lot of folks at the four-letter (not going to name names, but Cris Carter).
Oh, and in case you were wondering, the 49ers do not have Bill Belichick on the schedule this season. And, no, Mangini can’t play wide receiver.