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Ed Donatell says it’s fair to block him from interviewing


The 49ers blocked the Saints from interviewing secondary coach Ed Donatell for their defensive coordinator job, a right that teams hold over coaches under contract unless the opening is for a head coaching job.

Donatell addressed that possibility during Super Bowl week and his thoughts leave you with the conclusion that he’s okay with missing out on the shot at running the defense in New Orleans. Donatell said the rule, which he dealt with when the Niners blocked the Bucs from interviewing him last year, because he signed a contract that he was under no obligation to sign and believes he should see it to its completion. It probably doesn’t hurt that he also thinks that he’s part of something worthwhile in San Francisco.

“Nothing is better than this. I’d give up the years of advancement to be a part of this. There is so much that goes along with it. This is the highest high. This is why you coach,” Donatell said, via

People at all levels aren’t always so keen on honoring the commitments of contracts that they enter into willingly, which makes Donatell’s take on his own deal fairly refreshing.