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Former NFL head coach Eric Mangini, who served as 49ers senior offensive consultant this season, was considered for a move to quarterbacks coach, sources told CSNBayArea.com on Wednesday.
One source said moving Mangini to quarterbacks coach and promoting quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst to offensive coordinator was an option for coach Jim Harbaugh’s reshuffling of the coaching staff if the 49ers lost offensive coordinator Greg Roman. The source said he does not believe Harbaugh plans to make any changes.
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The Cleveland Browns are the only remaining team that has yet to fill its vacancy at head coach. ESPN reported the Browns will interview two finalists on Thursday, including Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. The Browns interviewed 10 candidates, according to the Cleveland.com, a list that includes no 49ers assistants.
Two days after the 49ers’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game, Harbaugh complimented his players and assistant coaches.
“It was a fabulous year of football -- superb year of football,” Harbaugh said. “Well, you can’t say superb, but the players played superbly. I thought they were prepared superbly by our coaching staff, and it was a great year of football with a capital G.”
Mangini’s consideration for quarterbacks coach, which a separate source confirmed to CSN reporter Mindi Bach, is interesting because his background was exclusively on defense before joining Harbaugh’s staff in June as an offensive assistant.
In quarterback Colin Kaepernick's first full season, the 49ers ranked 24th in the league in total yards but ranked 11th in points per game at 25.4. Kaepernick was 10th in the NFL with a passer rating of 91.6. He ranked 20th in the league with 3,197 yards passing. Kaepernick was the third-leading rusher among quarterbacks with 524 yards.
When asked on Tuesday if he planned to bring all of his assistant coaches back next season, Harbaugh answered, “As you know, there are some assistants that are moving on to other jobs in their career path. And that’s something else we’ll be competing at, to make sure that we continue to have a great staff.”
Offensive line coach Tim Drevno, who shared duties with veteran coach Mike Solari, leaves Friday to take over as USC’s offensive line coach and run game coordinator. Paul Wulff, senior offensive assistant, has accepted the offensive coordinator position at South Florida.
The Bay Area News Group’s Tim Kawakami reported on Wednesday that Mangini likely will move to an unspecified position-coach role with 49ers in 2014. Mangini now has experience on both sides of the ball.
Prior to joining the 49ers’ staff, Mangini was head coach of the Browns in 2009 and ’10, following a three-year stint as New York Jets’ head coach.
Mangini spent six seasons on Bill Belichick’s defensive staff with the New England Patriots, including 2005 as defensive coordinator.
His role in his first season with the 49ers was not easily defined. Part of Mangini’s responsibility was believed to be helping the offense anticipate schemes to expect from opposing defenses.
Also, Harbaugh said he consulted with Mangini on certain replay challenges. Mangini was stationed in the coaches booth during games.