Mangini new 49ers' tight ends coach

Mangini new 49ers' tight ends coach
February 20, 2014, 7:15 am
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Eric Mangini has never been a position coach on offense since he began coaching in the NFL in 1996. (USATSI)

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Eric Mangini, who spent his first season with the 49ers as “senior offensive consultant,” was named the team’s new tight ends coach, coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed Thursday at the NFL scouting combine.

Mangini takes over for Reggie Davis, who will coach the 49ers’ offensive line, along with Mike Solari. Tim Drevno previously held that role before leaving to become USC’s offensive line coach and run-game coordinator.

Mangini, 43, had a defensive background before Harbaugh hired him to his offensive staff last season. He served as head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2009 and ‘10 after three seasons as head coach of the New York Jets. Mangini worked two seasons as an NFL analyst at ESPN before joining Harbaugh’s coaching staff last June.

Mangini’s first NFL job was as an offensive assistant with the Baltimore Ravens in 1996. He spent the next nine seasons as a defensive coach with the Jets and New England Patriots, rising to become the Patriots’ defensive coordinator in 2005.

Last season, he assisted 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman with game-planning from a defensive perspective. Mangini analyzed the opposition’s defensive personnel and presented Roman with concepts he expected the opponent to implement against the 49ers.

Earlier this offseason, sources told that Mangini would have become the 49ers’ quarterbacks coach if Roman had left the 49ers for a head-coaching job.

Mangini has never been a position coach on offense. Davis played two NFL seasons as a tight end for the San Diego Chargers in 1999 and 2000 as a teammate of Harbaugh.

In another coaching staff move, Ejiro Evero is moving from offensive assistant to defensive assistant, taking the position previously held by Peter Hansen, who left to coach Stanford inside linebackers. The remainder of the staff is expected to remain intact, Harbaugh said.