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49ers hired TEs coach Eric Mangini as defensive coordinator.

The ex-head coach of the Jets and Browns, Mangini is pulling a Hue Jackson, going from position coach to coordinator on the same team. An overwrought Bill Belichick disciple, Mangini has a 33-47 career record as head coach, but his defensive bonafides have never been questioned. He should be a good defensive boss for Jim Tomsula, and still has a great base of talent to work with even though GM Trent Baalke has done a poor job of restocking the cupboard in recent years. The man formerly known as "Mangenius" is undoubtedly angling for one last shot at being a head coach. This is a nice launching pad.
Jan 22 - 6:16 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the 49ers are expected to hire Eric Mangini as their defensive coordinator.

It's extremely rare that coaches get three cracks at head-coaching jobs, but this could prove a steppingstone toward that end following Mangini's stints with the Jets and Browns. After taking time off with ESPN, Mangini returned to coaching two years ago, spending them on the 49ers' staff as a "senior offensive consultant" (2013) and tight ends coach (2014). Mangini's background is on the defensive side, however, and he inherits top-ten personnel in San Francisco. The 44-year-old also drew interest from the Raiders and Redskins this offseason.
Jan 22 - 5:18 PM

49ers hired Tony Sparano as tight ends coach.

He's succeeding Eric Mangini, who will likely either be hired as the Raiders or 49ers' defensive coordinator. Sparano's background is mostly in coaching offensive lines, though he did work as a tight ends coach with the Redskins, Jaguars, and Cowboys in the early 2000s. The 49ers need to get more out of Vance McDonald and Derek Carrier. They may cut Vernon Davis.
Jan 22 - 2:26 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the 49ers are speaking with Eric Mangini about their defensive coordinator vacancy.

The 49ers have been rumored to be interested in Mangini, but this is his first interview with the team. Following the hiring of Jason Tarver as LBs coach, Mangini is the leading candidate to replace DC Vic Fangio. Mangini also recently interviewed for the Raiders' defensive-coordinator job.
Jan 21 - 6:32 PM

49ers hired Jason Tarver as LBs coach.

Tarver is downgrading to position coach after spending the last three seasons as the Raiders' defensive coordinator. He served as San Francisco's outside linebackers coach from 2005-10 and will reunite with Jim Tomsula. Tarver's defenses largely overachieved in Oakland and he is a solid addition to Tomsula's staff. The 49ers are considering Eric Mangini as a potential in-house replacement for DC Vic Fangio.
Jan 21 - 5:34 PM

49ers TEs coach Eric Mangini will interview for the Raiders' defensive-coordinator vacancy.

Mangini interviewed for the Raiders' head-coaching job three weeks ago, so he could already be on good footing with GM Reggie McKenzie. Ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith was initially considered the favorite to run Jack Del Rio's defense, but that is now viewed as unlikely. Mangini would be a decent fallback.
Jan 19 - 1:08 PM

Former Raiders DC Jason Tarver interviewed with new 49ers coach Jim Tomsula on Friday.

Tarver is expected to land a role somewhere on Tomsula's staff, but the position has yet to be determined. He served as the defensive coordinator for the Raiders from 2012-13, and is at least a candidate to fill the same role with the 49ers in 2015. Tarver spent 10 seasons with the 49ers before becoming Stanford's defensive coordinator in 2011.
Jan 16 - 7:27 PM

Speaking at his introductory press conference, new 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said he's "excited" about coaching Colin Kaepernick.

"I think he can run. I think he can throw. I think he can change the pace of the game," Tomsula said of a signal caller headed into his third full season as starter. Tomsula also said he's a "big fan of running," and hinted at giving Kaep more leeway with his legs. Tomsula's Kaep enthusiasm was one of the few things to shine through in an otherwise muddled presser. Coming off an extremely up-and-down campaign, Kaep will make $12.4 million in 2015.
Jan 15 - 6:56 PM

ESPN 49ers reporter Paul Gutierrez reports former Raiders DC Jason Tarver is a "candidate" for the 49ers' open defensive coordinator position.

Tarver was expected to be high on newly-hired coach Jim Tomsula wish list, but ESPN's Adam Caplan said two other teams may be in the mix. Oakland ranked near the bottom in most defensive categories during Tarver's three-year run as coordinator, but his talent-deficient defenses arguably overachieved all three years. He will likely run someone's defense in 2015.
Jan 14 - 9:02 PM

49ers hired Jim Tomsula as head coach.

This is surely to get 49ers fans excited. Not. Tomsula is a hell of a man and fine football coach, but going from one of the greatest coaches in team history (Jim Harbaugh) to Tomsula doesn't excite anyone. The 49ers are staying in-house with Tomsula, who has been with the team as its DL coach since 2007. He beat out Broncos OC Adam Gase and in-house DC Vic Fangio. The 49ers are getting continuity and a coach that won't meddle in personnel decisions, but the hiring will ultimately be judged by who Tomsula gets to run the offense. Tomsula is expected to bring in ex-Raiders DC Jason Tarver as his defensive coordinator.
Jan 14 - 5:06 PM

According to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, "some around the league" believe 49ers DL coach Jim Tomsula is quietly the "frontrunner" for the 49ers' head-coaching job.

The 49ers haven't held a formal interview with Tomsula, but he would fit their criteria as a coach willing to work strictly with the players given him and not stick his nose into personnel affairs. He's the perfect anti-Jim Harbaugh. The longtime line coach has been a member of the 49ers' organization since 2007.
Jan 12 - 4:19 PM

The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows believes the 49ers' new head coach would likely be interested in retaining Vernon Davis.

Barrows writes, "At least two of the 49ers' head-coaching candidates expressed bewilderment that the 49ers couldn't get more than 245 yards and two touchdowns from Davis this past season." Davis was certainly misused in 2014, but he also took a big step back on the field. He struggled to get open, dropped passes when he did and missed several games with injuries. San Francisco could save almost $5 million against the 2015 cap by cutting Davis.
Jan 10 - 12:27 PM

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco confirms Vernon Davis' roster spot on the 49ers "could be in jeopardy" entering the offseason.

Davis is owed nearly $5 million in salary and bonuses after a career-worst year. Once an adept blocker, Davis took a huge step back in that area and also had his least productive season as a pass catcher. Turning 31 years old later this month, we're skeptical Davis is still capable of helping a team.
Jan 9 - 2:47 PM

The 49ers are considered "not likely" to retain OLB Ahmad Brooks for 2015.

Brooks is owed $7.3 million in salary and bonuses, and endured more disciplinary problems during the 2014 season. New Redskins GM Scot McCloughan acquired Brooks as a waiver claim in 2008. Washington seems likely to let go of free agent Brian Orakpo, perhaps opening a job for Brooks opposite Ryan Kerrigan.
Jan 9 - 2:42 PM

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco suggests the Redskins as a potential landing spot for free agent Frank Gore.

New Redskins GM Scot McCloughan drafted Gore in San Francisco and has openly spoken of hiring Gore as a scout after his playing career ends. Gore still has something left in the tank as a running back, however, and could play a complementary role behind Alfred Morris in D.C. Gore is an excellent pass protector.
Jan 9 - 2:38 PM

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