The San Francisco 49ers are looking to bring in former New York Jets and Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini as a consultant, according to Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports, who says Mangini has been “in talks” with the team.
Mangini coached the Jets from 2006-2008, and the Browns for two seasons (2009-2010). He is currently an analyst for ESPN.
Mangini has a career win-loss record of 33-47. During his first season with the Jets in 2006, Mangini — the youngest coach in the NFL at the time at age 36 — led his team to a 10-6 record and a spot in the playoff with Chad Pennington at quarterback.
However, he struggled in his final two seasons in New York, and was fired after the 2008 season. Mangini signed a four-year deal with the Browns, but was relieved after back-to-back 5-11 seasons with Cleveland.
If hired by the 49ers, Mangini will help out with the offensive line, writes Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle:
Mangini could be brought in to provide insight on another former Jets coach, Pete Carroll. Now in Seattle, Carroll, who’s also know for his defensive acumen, held the 49ers to 13 points in each of their last two games last season.
The 49ers offensive line is also widely recognized as the best in the NFL. However, they often didn’t play like it. In their win-win-loss, win-win-loss, win-win-tie pattern of last year, the offense often got shackled every third game.
Obviously hiring a former head coach as a “consultant” is never bad move, and the 49ers should be very lucky should Mangini choose to come aboard.