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Eric Mangini

49ers Blog: Sources: Mangini to coach 49ers tight ends in 2014

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 7:39 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 9:10 am

Eric Mangini, who spent his first season with the 49ers under the nebulous title of senior offensive consultant, will have a more specific job description in 2014 -- tight ends coach, according to two league sources. Reggie Davis, who coached 49ers tight ends for the last three years, will move into the assistant offensive line coach spot that opened when Tim Drevno was hired to coach the offensive line at USC.

Mangini formerly coached the Jets and Browns. Until last season, his expertise mainly has been on the defensive side of the ball. But he was brought in by Jim Harbaugh to work with the team's offense by offering a defensive-minded perspective to the mix. Harbaugh also said that he worked with Mangini, who watched games from the coaches' booth, on replay reviews. Harbaugh and the 49ers were 2-9 on replay challenges in 2013. Only five teams were worse.

Mangini, 43, spent 2011 and 2012 as an NFL analyst for ESPN. But after being hired by the 49ers, he was frank about his desire to be a head coach again.

"That's definitely a goal of mine," Mangini said in June. "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."

Mangini first met Harbaugh three years ago when the 49ers spent a week in Youngstown, Ohio. Mangini remained close with special teams coach Brad Seely, Magini's assistant when he was the head coach of the Browns, and Seely invited him to the session. He took a trip to Santa Clara early last offseason, which is when Harbaugh and he first discussed a spot on his staff.

"The great thing that I've found with Jim and Greg (Roman) and all the guys here is it's ego-less," Mangini said. "And that's really appealing. Everyone just wants to get to the right answer. And to me, input seems to be really encouraged, and I'm happy to offer it if I think it will help."

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