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49ers Hire Eric Mangini as Senior Offensive Consultant

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A proud moment for Mangini, after he beat Belichick's Patriots in 2010.
A proud moment for Mangini, after he beat Belichick's Patriots in 2010.
Matt Sullivan

According to reports, former Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini is returning to the NFL as a Senior Offensive Consultant for the San Francisco 49ers. Since being fired by the Browns after the 2010 season, Mangini worked as an analyst on ESPN. He interviewed with the 49ers last month, but the hiring was not reported until today.

The big question that should be lingering in people's minds is, "wasn't Mangini a defensive guy?" Yes, he was. Digging deeper into his role, though, seems to indicate that he will more so use his knowledge as a defensive coach to scout other teams' defenses, and then relay that information to the offensive guys. With that line of thinking, the role seems to make sense.

Mangini will be re-united with former Browns special teams coach Brad Seely, kicker Phil Dawson, and quarterback Colt McCoy with the 49ers. You can read the reactions to the hiring of Mangini over at Niners Nation, our 49ers affiliate.