49ers DB coach OK with Jim Harbaugh blocking job interviews

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer
49ers DB coach Ed Donatell doesn't seem to mind that his boss keeps blocking him from other jobs. (US Presswire)

For the second time in the past two offseasons, the 49ers have blocked defensive backs coach Ed Donatell from interviewing for possible promotions with other teams.

According to various media reports Wednesday, the Saints asked San Francisco for permission to interview Donatell for their open defensive coordinator job, but the 49ers said no. Last year, the Buccaneers wanted to interview him for their defensive coordinator job. But alas, the 49ers said no.

But for Donatell -- who was the Packers defensive coordinator from 2000-03 and the Falcons defensive coordinator from 2004-06 -- he's OK with his inability to talk to other teams for more prestigious jobs.

"They can do that," Donatell told CSN Bay Area. "That's the way the system works and it's fair."

Wait, how is that fair? How is it cool that coach Jim Harbaugh has blocked Donatell twice in a row from getting a better job where he probably would make more money and perhaps give him a chance to eventually land a head coaching job? How is Donatell OK with all that?

"It's fair because I signed that contract," Donatell said. "I had a choice not to. You look at every year and make that decision."

But more than that, Donatell sounds like he loves coaching for Harbaugh and working in the 49ers organization. Like, really loves it. Even to the detriment of his own career.

"Nothing,” Donatell said, “is better than this.”

Or, to put it another way.

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