On the second to last episode of The Sopranos, restaurateur Artie Bucco walks up to Tony Soprano's table with a spark in his eye and a grin on his face. “Tone, you know who's here tonight?” he says while pointing behind him. “Mangenius.”
Perry Fewell, the ex-Giants defensive coordinator, is heading to the Bay Area today to meet with the 49ers about becoming their defensive backs coach, FOX Sports reported. Fewell, 52, coached defensive backs for eight years earlier in his career. NBC4 was first to connect Fewell and the 49ers.
The 49ers are the only team in the league with three coordinator spots currently vacant. They are one of two teams -- the Rams are the other -- without an offensive coordinator. Still, moves have been made while others are in the works.
The 49ers are interested in hiring former Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano, according to a league source. The team is believed to be looking at Sparano for the role of tight ends coach, a position Sparano, 53, coached early in his career.
The 49ers are looking at ex-Jets special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey for the same role in San Francisco, a league source confirmed. The team’s interest in McGaughey first was noted by FOX Sports, which also was first to report that former 49ers special teams coach Brad Seely will join the Raiders’ staff.
The 49ers are considering Eric Mangini for their defensive coordinator opening, a league source confirmed today. Mangini served as the team’s tight ends coach last season and was an offensive consultant with the 49ers the year before that.
Mike Iupati will not take part in the upcoming Pro Bowl, leaving teammate Joe Staley to represent the 49ers offensive linemen in the annual all-star game. There’s a good chance that safety Antoine Bethea could join Staley in Phoenix. Bethea would replace Seattle’s Kam Chancellor in the game.
Anquan Boldin, the 49ers’ rough-and-tumble wide receiver, is a finalist for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which is given to the player who excels both on the field and as a leader in the community.
Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at email@example.com.