Sep 25, 2014; New York, NY, USA; San Fransisco 49ers tight end coach Eric Mangini waves to the fans before the game between the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports
The Oakland Raiders are reportedly set to interview a San Francisco 49ers assistant for their head coaching position, but the name may not be who you think as general manager Reggie McKenzie and Mark Davis are opting for NFL head coaching experience over buzz with one of their first candidates in their search.
Former Cleveland Browns and New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini will meet with Davis/McKenzie to interview for the Raiders job, Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reported Monday night.
Mangini went 23-26 in three seasons in New York from 2006-2008, making the playoffs once before going 10-22 in two seasons with Cleveland from 2009-2010. The defensive specialist has been branching out in recent years, working with the Niners offense as a tight end coach after a disastrous spell in Cleveland with a Browns team that went nowhere with the former Patriots assistant.
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Mangini rose to prominence and a head coaching job as a defensive assistant during New England’s run of three Super Bowls in four seasons as part of the Patriots dynasty. That buzz was built up once Mangini left to the Jets and quickly went 10-6, but having no winning seasons since has placed the once hot coach on the back burner for any head coaching jobs in addition to coordinator roles. An interview with Oakland may be his big break, but expect Mangini to be one of the low end candidates in the head coaching search as his head coaching record is on par with current interim head coach Tony Sparano who the Raiders would be more likely to keep rather than giving Mangini a third chance at head coaching success in the NFL.