Eric Mangini, Offensive Consultant?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Eric Mangini is a defensive guy? He played nose tackle At Wesleyan college. Isn’t that a girl’s school? Anyhow, he was a DB coach and DC for the Pats, and a HC for the Jets and Browns. Why in the wide wide world of sports would we hire him as an offensive assistant? Is it to have a defensive guy be a consultant for our offense? That seems bass akwards at best. Why not just call him a defensive assistant? Is there something more to this? Is the Niners brain trust maybe a little worried about the current DC, Vic Fangio? It has me wondering when you take a look at Fangio’s numbers. The longer he sticks around, the lousier his defenses usually do. Does he rely on his vets too long? Is he averse to rotating his players in and out? Certainly the Niners struggled later in the year when Justin Smith went down. Plus the defense played awful in the 1st halfs of all the playoff games.

The point being, is this a way to get Mangini under contract early so as to have an alternate DC option? I’m not usually one to buy in to conspiracy theories, but this seems like a curious signing. And it isn’t too big a leap to think they ditch Fangio and install Mangenius down the road if the defense has some more of these lapses. As we saw with Kappy, and coaches here and there, ol’ Jimbo ain’t scared to pull the trigger and make the switch at any time during the season

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10 Responses to Eric Mangini, Offensive Consultant?

  1. rtfirefly says:

    In Mangini’s first year as Offensive Assistant, Chad Pennington led the team to a 10-6 record and the playoffs.
    Chad Pennington!
    He’s been HC on two different NFL teams. Unfortunately for him, they were the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets.
    He’s been a defensive coach. He knows all it’s about technically.
    Lock him in the room with the other coaches, make sure there’s plenty of pizza.
    We have a game plan for next week.

  2. Nipper says:

    Apparently Mangini fits the bill. Seems like a low key guy who can fit right in. Plus he gets to coach with a superior team.

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      You think the Niners are a “superior” team? The only name I attach to superior is “Mother.”

      Yada, yada, yada. Mother Superior, what’s a blow job? Twenty bucks, same as downtown.

  3. Alleykat says:

    Vic Fangio moves on next year for sure.He will get a HC gig.49ers are just covering their asses for the future.Mangini will take over the DC role next season IMO.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    That’s my thought as well, AK. One way or another (hired away or fired), Fangio will be out after this season, if not sooner.

    Those playoff games left a bad taste in my mouth.

    • Nipper says:

      Did your dog feel the same way? “A bad taste in my mouth” is serious business.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    No, Nip. She gets the best food, shoes, and drip lines that money can buy.

  6. Alleykat says:

    Lost a true legend tonight.Decon Jones just passed away.Though I couldn’t stand the LA Rams I really admired “The Secretary of Defense” he along with the rest of the “Fearsome Foursome” Lamar Lundy,Rosy Grier and Merlin Olsen were just a QB’s worse nightmare.RIP Decon.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up

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