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  • 31 Jul
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Eric Mangini is back in the NFL -- and back to his coaching roots. The former coach of the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets was introduced as a senior offensive consultant for the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, one day after he formally began his new job with the defending NFC champions. While the move surprised many around the NFL because Manginis background is on defence, the 42-year-old spent his first two seasons in the NFL working as an offensive assistant. So after working as an analyst at ESPN for the past two years, Mangini is diving into his new gig with the hope of helping quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Co. take the next step after losing to the Baltimore Ravens 34-31 in the Super Bowl in February. "To be able to do something new like this is really exciting. To be able to do it in a place like San Francisco, to me that was a big part of wanting to come back," said Mangini following the 49ers two-hour OTA practice. "I just want to help. Whatever that means, whatever that evolves into, the most important thing to me is to help." Just how the former Browns and Jets head coach ended up on Jim Harbaughs staff in San Francisco is almost as interesting as the new job the 49ers created for him. Mangini had never met Harbaugh until last September when the 49ers -- in the midst of back-to-back games near the East Coast -- stayed in Youngstown, Ohio to practice rather than flying back to California. Mangini attended one of the workouts and struck up a friendship with Harbaugh. The two men stayed in contact until meeting together two weeks ago, and shortly thereafter Harbaugh reached out with a job offer. "I feel like we added a really talented, knowledgeable coach," Harbaugh said. "Hell look at how defences prepare for us and where we can attack defences. Thats what his role will be." Mangini had been out of the NFL since being fired by the Browns in January 2011 following a pair of 5-11 seasons. That came only two years after he lost his job in New York. Mangini coached the Jets from 2006-08, leading them to the playoffs in his first season with the team. The time off from coaching helped give Mangini a different perspective on football -- and life. "Ive got three little boys so it gave me a chance to spend time with them and to just get refreshed," Mangini said. "But I missed it. I missed the competition, the strategy, the guys." Although he has spent the majority of his coaching career on defence -- Mangini was the defensive co-ordinator for New England in 2005 -- he spent his first two seasons in the NFL working as an offensive assistant with Cleveland and Baltimore. With the 49ers, Mangini will break down opposing defences as an advance scout and will aid Harbaugh in developing game plans each week. His first order of business will be finding a place to live. Mangini has been staying at a local hotel since getting hired and has yet to bring his wife and children to the Bay Area. Once thats done, Mangini will initially immerse himself in San Franciscos offence before starting to scout teams on the 49ers 2013 schedule. "This is a good system. They went to the Super Bowl last year, they went to the NFC championship the year before," Mangini said. "Theyre doing so many things right I just want to find a way to complement them." Harbaugh says Manginis role with the 49ers will be "evolving" and left open the possibility it could lead to some on-field coaching as well. That, along with his new title as an offensive assistant, fits well with Manginis desire to be a head coach in the NFL again. "I think thats going to make me a lot better overall coach because it gives you a totally different perspective," Mangini said. "Thats definitely a goal of mine. Right now I want to do what I can do here as well as I can do it. But I think its every coachs goal to eventually (be a head coach)." Notes: The 49ers signed wide receiver/special teams standout Kassim Osgood. Osgood has been to the Pro Bowl three times in his 10-year NFL career. ... To make room, San Francisco waived WR Joe Hastings. ... Nearly all members of the starting secondary were absent from Tuesdays workout. CBs Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown, along with S Donte Whitner, were not on the field. ... Veteran S Craig Dahl continues to take the majority of reps with the starters, but first-round pick Eric Reid is being worked into the rotation. George Kittle Jersey .ca NFL Power Rankings, overtaking the Denver Broncos and remaining ahead of NFC competition San Francisco, Carolina and New Orleans. Dwight Clark Jersey . MORITZ, Switzerland -- Fog prevented downhill racers from getting their Olympic dress rehearsal. . P.A. Parenteau scored early in the third period to help the Avs edge Toronto 2-1 on Tuesday night. 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Big Ben has this.After a brief pause, Roethlisberger -- whose Steelers face the 7-1 Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in Heinz Field -- added that guys that have been here that know, no time or reason to panic.Roethlisbergers words could mark a turning point for the Steelers, who have been uncharacteristically lackluster on offense in the last month.Coming off a 21-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in which the offense managed 69 yards of offense through three quarters, Roethlisberger is placing the onus on himself to get things right. Through the first five games, Roethlisberger had 15 touchdown passes and the Steelers were 4-1. His torn left meniscus during an Oct. 16 loss to the Miami Dolphins contributed to the recent struggles, although the quarterback expects to undergo his first full practices in nearly a month.ddddddddddddSo how does he set an example for his teammates?Just watch me, he said. Talking to guys like you and just being calm like this. Its easy.The demeanor might be calm, but the Steelers game plan could be more aggressive. Coach Mike Tomlin admitted to a conservative, run-first approach Sunday in Baltimore, in part to protect Roethlisbergers knee. The offense came alive in the fourth quarter while using the no-huddle.When asked about that game plan, Roethlisberger said hes focused on the Cowboys.Whatever the coaches call for -- I play the game, they coach, Roethlisberger said.Heres betting Roethlisberger will have plenty of chances to back up his words. ' ' '