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Mike Garafolo of FOXSports.com reports that San Francisco 49ers hired Jim O’Neil as the defensive coordinator for the 49ers.
O’Neil will replace Eric Mangini, who served three seasons with the 49ers and previously was the head coach with the Browns (2009-10).
Cleveland's defense made changes in O'Neil's first season, going from 23rd to ninth in points allowed with an average of 21.1 per game while finishing second in the league with 21 interceptions.
The Browns took a hit this past season under O'Neil, tumbling to 29th in points allowed (27.0) while ranking 27th in total defense at 379.2 yards per game.
O'Neil, 37, spent one season as the linebackers coach with the Buffalo Bills in 2013 and was on Rex Ryans's staff with the New York Jets from 2009-20012, the latter three seasons as an assistant defensive backs coach. He has familiarity with a 3-4 defense similar that Kelly plans to use with San Francisco.
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