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June 12, 2013
Greg Roman plans to lock himself in a room with Eric Mangini


Greg Roman wants to lock himself in a room with new hire Eric Mangini. But don't worry, he's not planning a Thunderdome-esque fight to the death between the two most prominent members of the 49ers offensive coaching staff.

"Eric's a wealth of knowledge," Roman said Tuesday. "He's a guy that's got a great pedigree. And he's a very hardworking, intelligent. He can come at things with a different angle than we might do. So, it's been great. And he's getting caught up with what we're doing. And then in the next week probably we're going to sit down just lock ourselves in the room and really look to the future a bit."

The 49ers hired Mangini, a two-time former head coach, last week and gave him the title of "senior offensive consultant." Exactly what Mangini will do hasn't been nailed down - not even by the 49ers - but the intent of his hire was to put another set of eyes onto San Francisco's offense.

Roman said the two might go over the game film from the 2012 season, and they presumably will look ahead at the 49ers' 2013 opponents as well. "You could take one play and you could end up talking about it for 30 minutes because of all the different things you could branch off and talk about," Roman said. "So, just excited to have Eric's expertise on our side and looking forward to working with him."

Roman shouldn't feel threatened by Mangini, whose expertise to this point has been almost entirely on defense. As was noted last week, Mangini gains plenty by his exposure to Roman and the 49ers' offense, which employs the pistol formation and read-option elements that have started to become en vogue across the NFL. His two-year stint with the 49ers presumably will make him a more well-rounded head-coaching candidate.

That said, the only competition Mangini might pose to Roman would come after the season when both presumably would be hunting for a head-coaching job.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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