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Former #Patriots LB Willie McGinest has some advice for #49ers Eric Mangini, his former defensive coordinator ...
Mangini was New England's secondary coach (2000-04) and defensive coordinator (2005) during McGinest's career. Here's what McGinest said today on the NFL Network:
“With Eric, when he was a defensive back coach and he was a defensive coordinator, he was one way. I had a candid conversation with Eric at the Hall of Fame and I said, ‘Eric, the thing that made you special and made us gravitate to you was the way you are.’ When he became a head coach in New York and a head coach in Cleveland, he changed a little bit.
“He felt he had to change as a head coach, but he didn’t (have to). He has the skills, he has the tutelage, he’s been under some great minds. He’s a very, very intelligent guy when it comes to schemes and game plans, and putting together players to fit those schemes and game plans. This time around he understands, like anybody who makes mistakes, what he didn’t do well the first time.The second time around that he can do a lot better.”