• Saints wanted to talk to Donatell, 49ers said no

    Summary of 4 articles · Updated Feb 6, 2013
    "I think the rules are fair like they are," Donatell said. This is why you coach,” Donatell said, via CSNBayArea.com. If a position coach is under contract, as Donatell is, teams can refuse permission for coordinator jobs. 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. The Saints are still expected to hire Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator, but they’re also trying to talk to others, as well. It doesn't look like the New Orleans Saints will be allowed to speak with one assistant coach from one of the teams in Super Bowl XLVII in their defensive coordinator search. It probably doesn’t hurt that he also thinks that he’s part of something worthwhile in San Francisco. “Nothing is better than this.

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