San Francisco 49ers fire defensive coordinator Eric Mangini

By The Sports Xchange  |  Jan. 23, 2016 at 12:36 AM
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New San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly fired defensive coordinator Eric Mangini, according to published reports on Friday.

The 49ers struggled on defense last season and Kelly has chosen to go in a different direction. Mangini interviewed with Kelly last week but apparently Kelly didn' t view him as a good fit.

San Francisco interviewed Houston Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel earlier this week and Vrabel turned down the defensive coordinator post to stick with the Texans.

The 49ers reportedly have offered the offensive coordinator position to Curtis Modkins, who is the Detroit Lions' run game coordinator.

San Francisco also reportedly has hired Derius Swinton as special teams coordinator. Swinton was a special teams assistant with the Chicago Bears.

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