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49ers Deny Buccaneers Permission To Interview Ed Donatell

The San Francisco 49ers have a leg up on a hefty number of NFL teams who are trying to fill holes in their coaching and front office staffs during the offseason. It appears, however, that members of the Niners staff may be coveted by some of these depleted teams. For their part, the Niners seem intent on keeping their complete team together for 2012.

Eric Branch of SFGate reports that the 49ers denied the Tampa Bay Buccaneers permission to interview secondary coach Ed Donatell. The Buccaneers were hoping to speak to Donatell about their vacant defensive coordinator position.

Although 49ers offensive assistant Bobby Engram departed following the playoffs to become the wide receivers coach at the University of Pittsburgh, Jim Harbaugh has gone on record as saying that he wants to keep his current coaching staff intact. It appears the San Francisco front office is trying to make sure that happens.

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