Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Will Eric Mangini get Miami look?
By Bill Williamson
Monday, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh talked about the possibilities of losing some assistant coaches.
49ers’ offensive coordinator Greg Roman, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula are getting in head-coaching openings. Now, another member of Harbaugh’s staff could also attract interest.
Last week, the Miami Herald reported 49ers’ senior offensive consultant Eric Mangini could be a candidate as the Miami Dolphins’ general manager should then team make a change. Tuesday, the Dolphins announced they are mutually parting ways with general manager Jeff Ireland. Thus, now that Ireland is out, perhaps the Dolphins will show an interest in Mangini.
Last month, I spoke to Mangini, the former two-time NFL head coach, about his role in San Francisco and his future. He said he is open to anything in the future and enjoyed this season working with the 49ers.
I got the sense Mangini is enjoying being back in the game and is open to new things. So, perhaps if the Dolphins do pursue him, moving into the front office could appeal to him.
Losing Mangini, who has been helpful for the 49ers, would be less complicated for the 49ers than the three above-mentioned coaches because he isn’t in charge of a specific area and he has been with the team just a short period of time.