49ers gave Eric Mangini a 3-year deal to be their defensive coordinator.
Mangini was the DC for the Patriots in 2005, and they finished 25th in yards and 17th in points allowed. He spent the next five years as the head coach of the Jets and the Browns, and his defenses averaged a rank of 21.8 in yards and 15.4 in points allowed over that span. He spent the last two seasons as the 49ers' tight ends coach.
Pitta, who has suffered serious hip injuries in each of the past two seasons, saw a couple of specialists last week, and Harbaugh said he couldn't give any updates right now.
"I did get kind of an overview of that report from our trainer that I wouldn’t really want to share until Dennis has had a chance to kind of consider all of the ramifications of it," Harbaugh said. "But I think we’ll have something on that in a couple of weeks, kind of on Dennis’ time frame. We’ll see where that goes.”
Harbaugh indicated in early December that he expects Pitta to make a full recovery, and he said at the end of the season that he was "cautiously optimistic" about his return in 2015.
The Bears are hiring Adam Gase as their offensive coordinator, source said.
According to three trustworthy sources, Peyton Manning wants to return to the Broncos, but won't and can't make a final decision until he takes an annual physical examination mandated by his contract. Last year, the test results were learned at the beginning of March. The Broncos have requested that Manning let them know his plans by March 9 — the day before teams must exercise their rights on veteran players under contract. Manning, who turns 39 on March 24, is due $19 million next season.
Asked OC Bill Musgrave impression of Latavius Murray: "Very positive. Tremendous size & speed. Going to tailor run game so it's right up his alley."
Murray's dynasty/keeper league owners can rejoice. It sounds as if the new regime is a fan of Murray, so at this point we can pencil him in as the starter in Week 1. We'll continue to monitor the Oakland backfield throughout the offseason. From Week 12 on, Murray was the #17 RB in fantasy football, racking up 478 total yards and two touchdowns in five games.
The Adrian Peterson era in Minnesota may be over, and it has more to do with his contract than his legal issues. Both head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman have said they would like to have Peterson back in 2015. But Peterson, who turns 30 in a few months, will carry a cap hit of $15.4 million, a league-high for running backs. And in an ESPN interview he scoffed at the suggestion that he take a pay cut to remain with the Vikings. Can he and the Vikings find common ground? Or is Peterson ready for a fresh start elsewhere?
Jerick McKinnon averaged 4.8 YPC this season, but missed several games due to a back injury. It's not an encouraging sign if the team expects him to be the feature back in 2015. As for Peterson, it's going to be very interesting to see where he lands. If the Vikings let him go, McKinnon would likely be a 4th or 5th round pick in 12-team formats, assuming the team doesn't bring another back in to compete for the RB1 job.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 10:39pm
The Redskins are hiring Joe Barry as their defensive coordinator, source says.
Barry served as the linebackers coach in San Diego for the last two seasons. He was the DC in Detroit for two seasons ('07 and '08); the unit was last in both points and yards in both seasons.
The Jaguars are hiring Greg Olson to be their offensive coordinator.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 10:27pm
Vic Fangio has decided to join John Fox's staff in Chicago.
He'll serve as defensive coordinator.
Musgrave was previously the offensive coordinator for Carolina (20th in yards; 21st in points), Jacksonville (12th and 21st in yards; 25th and 29th in points) and Minnesota (18th, 20th and 13th in yards; 19th, 14th and 14th in points) prior to serving as the QB coach for Chip Kelly and the Eagles. His offenses tend to perform better in the running game, but that probably has more to do with the personnel (Fred Taylor, Adrian Peterson) that he was working with. We see this as a decent hire for Derek Carr and Latavius Murray.
Broncos have agreed to terms with Gary Kubiak, making him 15th coach in team history.
Kubiak's offense in Baltimore was 12th in total offense and 8th in scoring. It was a major turnaround from the year before. His first order of business is to convince QB Peyton Manning to come back for another season. Kubiak will reportedly bring Rick Dennison with him as offensive coordinator. Dennison was previously the QB coach in Baltimore.
Falcons are hiring Kyle Shanahan as their OC, per league source. Shanahan and (Seattle DC) Dan Quinn planned to be package deal.
Sunday, January 18, 2015, 5:13pm