Although the 49ers have had a great deal of success the last two seasons, they have been fortunate to retain most of their coaching staff each season. It is looking like that will remain the case for another season. Ian Rapoport is reporting the 49ers have blocked the New Orleans Saints from interviewing secondary coach Ed Donatell for their defensive coordinator job. I believe teams cannot block assistants from interviewing for head coaching jobs, but they can block for coordinator positions.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers inquired about Donatell, but they too were blocked as Donatell remains under contract. Jim Harbaugh was asked about returning the coaching staff intact:
"I think that's definitely a possibility. And it's somewhat like players and free agents. When a team has a lot of success, there could be those situations. So, it's not like the national debt where you can just keep printing money. They're will be some big decisions by a lot of people, coaches, players, etc. But, one of our strengths is our togetherness. And there's a brotherhood on this team. So, we'll strive very hard to keep that going."
49ers block Ed Donatell from DC interview with New Orleans Saints
Niners Nation | Feb 6