Eric Mangini, who spent the last two seasons coaching offense for the 49ers, is being eyed as a defensive coordinator in Washington. Mangini will visit next week, according to NBC 4, where he will presumably meet with new general manager Scot McCloughan, who was introduced to the D.C. area media today.
Meanwhile, the 49ers gave offensive coordinator Greg Roman permission to interview with the division-rival Rams, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, a sure sign that Roman won’t be back with San Francisco this year. Roman also has drawn interest from the Buccaneers, Jaguars and Bills. Tampa Bay, however, hired former Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to the same position Thursday.
Washington also has interviewed 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell for that opening. Donatell, however, also has a good chance of becoming the defensive coordinator with the 49ers and likely would prefer that job more than any other outside coordinator position. Washington requested permission to interview 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio but was denied.
Mangini served as the 49ers' tight ends coach in 2014, although most of his career has been spent coaching defense. He was the Patriots defensive coordinator in 2005 before taking head-coaching gigs with the Jets and Browns. Jim Harbaugh hired him in 2013 to provide the 49ers' offensive coaches with a defensive perspective.
All of the 49ers' assistant coaches are currently under contract and their futures largely will depend on whom the 49ers hire to be head coach. Elevating Fangio to head coach, for example, presumably would allow the 49ers to retain most of their defensive staff.
Three coaches – running backs coach Tom Rathman, offensive line coach Mike Solari and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula – were retained from Mike Singletary's staff when Jim Harbaugh took over in 2011.
Two assistants, Reggie Davis, who worked under Solari with the offensive line, and assistant secondary coach Greg Jackson, have left the team. Davis will coach at Nebraska while Jackson joined Harbaugh at Michigan. The 49ers' assistant strength coach, Kevin Tolbert, also reportedly will join Harbaugh.
The 49ers today interviewed Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles for their head-coach position. Bowles is the eighth known candidate to interview, although the team likely met with others as well.
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