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Mike Singletary to interview for Bears coaching vacancy
Mike Singletary, one of the Bears greatest players, will interview for the team’s coaching vacancy, according to a league source.
The Hall of Fame linebacker is currently serving as a special assistant under another former Bears player, Leslie Frazier, the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. Singletary was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, but he compiled an 18-22 record.
He was replaced by former Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh.
The Bears have requested permission from the Vikings to speak to Singletary and Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer. The Tribune first reported the request for the two Viking assistants.
The Vikings season ended Saturday in a 24-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Priefer is one of the more respected special teams coordinators in the NFL. This season, he helped kicker Blair Walsh, a sixth-round pick, develop into a Pro Bowl player as a rookie. Walsh even set the league record for most 50-plus yard field goals (10) in a single season.
But Singletary is one of the biggest names in Bears history.
A 10-time Pro Bowl selection, he shined as the middle linebacker.
He’s also had a distinguished coaching career, most notably working with star linebackers in Baltimore, particularly one named Ray Lewis.