The San Francisco 49ers already have a collection of some of the best position coaches in the NFL. Mike Solari, Jim Tomsula, Ed Donatell, Brad Seely, Vic Fangio and Greg Roman are all considered to be among the best coaches of their respective positions. Jim Harbaugh was named the NFL Coach of the Year in his first season as a head coach.
So how could adding another coach like Eric Mangini be of any benefit to the 49ers?
Mangini comes from the Bill Belichick coaching tree. Many don’t realize that Mangini first came on as an offensive assistant with Belichick in Cleveland. He then moved on to the Baltimore Ravens as an offensive assistant and also worked with the New York Jets as a defensive assistant. Mangini was reunited with Belichick again in New England. Mangini is known more for his ability to coach defense. However, it should be noted that he also was said to have been able to come up with some creative offensive schemes but had trouble implementing them.
The creativity would be a welcome addition for the 49ers’ coaching staff. Greg Roman has already shown the willingness to use some unorthodox concepts on offense — the pistol formation being one of them. This coaching staff has proven themselves to be able to have no problem implementing their game plan as shown by how they got things rolling in their first year without a training camp.
Mangini and the 49ers’ staff can work together to design and implement some additional wrinkles to both the offense and defense. Defensively, Mangini was in control of some of the better defensive units to have played for the Patriots. He is well versed in the 3-4 defense and will be another sharp mind to add onto the defensive game plan from week to week.
Mangini’s specialty on defense was with the defensive backs. As the head coach of the Jets, he was faced with the task of stopping Tom Brady and the high-powered Patriots’ offense. That could benefit the 49ers as they will face some pretty high-octane passing attacks (Atlanta, Green Bay, Saints) in 2013.
Having Mangini would offer another football mind to come up with ideas to slow down teams that score a lot of points. It would not be a bad idea to bring Mangini aboard because he would be a good match for the 49ers and is a coach who has won the Super Bowl as a defensive coordinator in the past.