49ers add Lombardi to staff

49ers add Lombardi to staff
March 20, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Jim Harbaugh's new assistant Mick Lombardi has no relation to the namesake of the Super Bowl trophy. (AP)

PHOENIX -- The 49ers have added a trophy named Lombardi.

Mick Lombardi, son of Cleveland Browns personnel chief Michael Lombardi, has been added to the 49ers' staff as coach Jim Harbaugh's assistant.

Lombardi worked last year for the New England Patriots as a scouting assistant. He will have coaching responsibilities on both sides of the ball, too. Harbaugh raved about young Lombardi on Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings.

"Everybody loves Mick. I've already given him stuff. He's become a go-to guy," Harbaugh said. "We said, 'Let's have him do this project.' He did such a good job on this project that we had him do this project over here.

"Great kid and a great worker. A great combination."

Lombardi was hired to replace Bill Nayes, who served four seasons with the 49ers -- first under Mike Singletary and, then, for Harbaugh's first two seasons -- as special assistant to the head coach. Nayes was hired in January as North Carolina State's director of football operations.

Michael Lombardi, formerly an NFL Network analyst, had two interviews two years ago for the 49ers' general manager position. Team CEO Jed York ended up promoting Trent Baalke to the job. Lombardi reported to Bill Walsh as a scout for the 49ers from 1984 to '87. He joined the Raiders a decade later as a personnel executive and remained there from 1998 to 2007.

Lombardi is no relation to Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, after whom the Super Bowl trophy is named.