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June 4, 2013
Opinions wanted: Mangini calls Harbaugh's staff "ego-less"


The big news of this, the last week of 49ers OTAs: Eric Mangini was on hand in his new role as senior offensive consultant. Mangini, who started his new job on Monday, signed a two-year deal with the team. He said his duties will evolve as the season goes on but that he was brought in to offer another set of eyes to the organization, specifically the offense.

"Any time you can have different ideas, it's a good thing," Mangini, who said he liked to bring in college coaches or former head coaches when he was with Cleveland and the Jets. " ... It's just a way to try to keep growing, I think."

Mangini said he first met Jim Harbaugh two years ago when the 49ers spent a week in Youngstown, Ohio. Mangini is still close with special teams coach Brad Seely, Magini's assistant when he was the head coach of the Browns, and Seely invited him to the session. He said he took a trip to Santa Clara earlier this offseason and that he and Harbaugh have been talking about a role since.

"The great thing that I've found with Jim and Greg (Roman) and all the guys here is it's ego-less," Mangini said. "And that's really appealing. Everyone just wants to get to the right answer. And to me, input seems to be really encouraged, and I'm happy to offer it if I think it will help."

Mangini, whose background is mostly on defense, said that he'll be busy in the coming weeks learning the 49ers offense. The team's west-coast system uses a different lexicon than what Mangini is accustomed to, and that alone will make him a more well-rounded coach, he said.

Mangini, 42, spent the last two years working for ESPN. He said he aspires to be a head coach again.

"That's definitely a goal of mine," he said. "Right now I'm going to do what I do here as well as I can do it. But I think it's every coach's goal to eventually do that (become a head coach)."

-- 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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