Singletary hasn’t coached in the NFL since 2016, hasn’t been a position coach since 2013 and has never been a defensive coordinator in the league.
Add a familiar name to the Bears’ wide-ranging interview process for their defensive coordinator job: they spoke to Mike Singletary, the Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, according to The Athletic.
Singletary hasn’t coached in the NFL since 2016, hasn’t been a position coach since 2013 and has never been a defensive coordinator in the league. He was the 49ers’ interim head coach in 2008 and head coach from 2009-10, totaling an 18-22 record.
Last year, he stepped down from his job as a Texas high school football coach to focus on motivational speaking. The year before, he was the coach of the Alliance of American Football’s Memphis Express before the league folded.
The Bears interviewed James Bettcher earlier this week and are considering George Edwards, a Cowboys assistant and former Vikings coordinator whom they interviewed for their head coaching job three years ago. The Bears also spoke with Colts defensive backs coach Jonathan Gannon, The Athletic reported. Defensive line coach Jay Rodgers, whose contract is set to expire this week, and safeties coach Sean Desai are in-house options to replace Chuck Pagano, who retired last week.
It’s unclear if the Bears would turn over their defense to someone who’s been out of the league as long as Singletary has, no matter his history with the team. It’s also worth wondering if an interview could be the first step to a different job with the organization, were both sides interested.
Singletary impressed Bears players when he mingled with them in June 2019 as part of the team’s 100th season celebration.
“He knows the linebacker is the quarterback of the defense,” inside linebacker Danny Trevathan said then. “He knows you can’t be wrong. You’ve got to have your eyes right, your feet right; your mind’s gotta be right. Always take care of yourself and take care of your boys. Just the little things he said.”