49ers deny permission for Donatell to talk with Bucs

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49ers deny permission for Donatell to talk with Bucs

The day after the 49ers' season concluded, coach Jim Harbaugh said he planned to keep the 49ers' coaching staff intact. True to Harbaugh's words, the 49ers have taken at least one step to guarantee it.The 49ers denied defensive backs coach Ed Donatell the opportunity to interview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defensive coordinator job, the NFL Network reported Saturday.NFL clubs have the right to deny permission for any assistant coach under contract to interview for any other NFL job other than a head-coaching position.
Donatell, 55, has coached 21 NFL seasons, including defensive coordinator stints with the Atlanta Falcons (2004-06) and Green Bay Packers (2000-03).Under Donatell, the 49ers ranked fifth-best in the NFL last season with an opponent passer rating of 73.6. The 49ers' 23 interceptions tied for second in the league. Cornerback Carlos Rogers and safety Dashon Goldson both recorded six interceptions to set career-highs en route to being named to the NFC Pro Bowl team.Offensive assistant Bobby Engram is the only coach to leave the 49ers' staff. He left his entry-level position with the 49ers to become Pitt's wide receivers coach.The 49ers have reportedly hired Tracy Smith as an assistant under special-teams coordinator Brad Seely. Smith was Seely's assistant with the Browns in 2010. Last season, Smith was an assistant with Seattle, where his dad, Carl Smith, is the Seahawks quarterbacks coach.In other news, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Louis Rams have narrowed their choice for general manager to Minnesotadirector of player personnel George Paton and Atlanta director ofplayer personnel Les Snead. Tom Gamble, the 49ers' director of player personnel, has been eliminated from consideration, the paper reported.

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.

Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. Washington announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.

It has been an offseason of upheaval for the coaching staff after Washington fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a few assistants and offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

In its efforts to replace Barry after ranking 28th defensively in consecutive seasons, Washington interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine and former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan before opting for Manusky. The 50-year-old Manusky has been defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and 49ers and worked with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.

Known for his fiery personality and booming voice on the practice fields, Manusky had only been on coach Jay Gruden's staff for one season as outside linebackers coach. Middle linebacker Will Compton tweeted: "Congrats to Coach Manusky!" when players were informed of his promotion.

Cavanaugh was Washington's quarterbacks coach for the past two years as Kirk Cousins twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season. Cousins' status for 2017 remains in doubt after playing last season on the franchise tag, but with McVay gone he'll have a familiar face as his offensive coordinator.

After 13 NFL seasons as a backup quarterback, the 60-year-old Cavanaugh was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 1997-98 and Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2004. O'Connell, Washington's new quarterbacks coach, was an assistant in San Francisco under Chip Kelly last season.

Tomsula, who replaces Robb Akey as defensive line coach, also most recently worked with the 49ers as their head coach in 2015.

Falcons coach Quinn: Kyle Shanahan 'totally nailed that' vs Packers

Falcons coach Quinn: Kyle Shanahan 'totally nailed that' vs Packers

The Atlanta Falcons have provided the 49ers with a window from Friday afternoon through Saturday to meet with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn has structured a normal work week to begin preparations to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, Quinn said at a press conference on Monday. The Falcons will have a day off on Saturday before the team travels to Houston on Sunday.

The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

Shanahan is the presumptive 49ers coach -- the only candidate remaining among the six whom 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe interviewed. Shanahan's offense rolled up 493 total yards and converted 10 of 13 (77 percent) third-down opportunities en route to a 44-21 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

“I’m really proud of him,” said Quinn, who was hired by the Falcons two years ago after he served as Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in Super Bowl 49.

“It’s not easy to do when there’s a lot of speculation and things going on outside your world to stay dialed in. I think it’s one that should be commended. Being on point and going for it, he totally nailed that.”

Shanahan is also expected to be heavily involved in the 49ers’ search for a general manager. The two remaining candidates among the nine who previously interviewed are Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton and Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough.

The 49ers have left open the possibility of adding more GM candidates to the list, according to a source.