Harbaugh speaks with Ladouceur, Mangini about consultant roles

Harbaugh speaks with Ladouceur, Mangini about consultant roles
May 15, 2013, 9:45 am
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A source said Jim Harbaugh spoke with Bob Ladouceur about the possibility of helping him with ideas concerning team dynamics. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Coach Jim Harbaugh has reached out to several individuals, including former De La Salle High coach Bob Ladouceur, about filling consultant roles on his staff.

Former NFL coach Eric Mangini remains in talks with the 49ers about a position, CBS Sports reported Wednesday.

It is not known if the 49ers were interested in adding former Nevada coach Chris Ault, whose "pistol" offense featured Colin Kaepernick. Ault was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs this week to a consultant role.

Agent Bob LaMonte told the Reno Gazette-Journal that Ault, his client, received interest from a "handful" of teams, including Green Bay, Minnesota and Baltimore. But LaMonte said the Chiefs offered the best opportunity.

Ault stepped down in December after 28 years as Nevada's head coach. A source close to Ault said he would have considered a role with the 49ers as a perfect fit.

It is not uncommon for Harbaugh to seek assistance from individuals outside of his coaching staff who have a specific area of expertise. He also consults regularly on coaching matters with his father, Jack Harbaugh, a longtime college coach.

Harbaugh spoke with Ladouceur about the possibility of helping him with ideas concerning team dynamics, a source said. Ladouceur, who is not expected to join the 49ers' staff, stepped down as De La Salle coach in January after compiling a 399–25–3 record in 34 seasons. He still teaches religious studies at the Concord school.

Mangini remains in talks with the 49ers about a possible role in helping the 49ers' offense by getting a defensive perspective in game planning, CBS Sports reported.

Mangini was a defensive coordinator under Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots. As head coach of the New York Jets from 2006-'08, Mangini's teams went 23-25 with one playoff appearance. He lasted just two seasons with the Cleveland Browns with a 10-22 record. He has worked the past two seasons as an analyst for ESPN.

Mangini was a guest of the 49ers during an in-season practice in September 2011 at Youngstown State.

Assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Brad Seely worked in New England and Cleveland with Mangini. After serving on Belichick's staff together for five seasons, Mangini hired Seely to run his special teams with the Browns.

Also, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke overlapped two seasons as a New York Jets personnel scout (1998 and '99) while Mangini was a defensive assistant.

Mangini has been linked to defensive coordinator positions with the Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints the past two seasons. Defensive backs coach Ed Donatell and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula are considered strong coordinator candidates behind Vic Fangio. The 49ers have blocked Donatell from potential coordinator positions with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints the past two offseasons.