Word surfaced on Tuesday that the Chicago Bears’ had expanded their search for a new head coach, interviewing Dave Toub for the position on Monday, while adding Vikings' assistant Mike Singletary and Vikings’ special teams coach Mike Priefer to the list of interviewees.
Toub, with the team since 2004, interviewed for the Miami Dolphins’ head coaching vacancy in early 2012, but was passed over for the position.
Additionally, the team added Mike Singletary and Mike Priefer to the mix, bringing the total list of candidates—which now includes seven offensive coordinators, one head coach, four special teams coaches and one defensive assistant—to 13.
The looks at Toub and Priefer are not in the least surprising. The Vikings’ have boasted some excellent special teams units under their current leadership, and were one of the better groups in the League in 2012. Both men garner lots of respect around the NFL.
As for Singletary . . . well . . . I don’t quite know how to explain that one to you. Make no mistake about it; Singletary is not a guy—former head coach or not—who is drawing a lot of attention in terms of coaching offers.
Having gone from would-be head coach in San Francisco, Singletary has since worked as linebackers coach in Minnesota before being demoted to special assistant to the head coach. There he works under long-time friend and teammate Leslie Frazier.
He’s a fantastic human being, a Hall of Fame player, but I’m afraid I can’t keep my opinion out of this one: he’s not the answer to the Bears’ search, and he’d be about 20 steps backward from Lovie Smith.
Having said that, Phil Emery did say no one would be excluded from the search, and it’s possible that Singletary—as connected as he is with the organization—asked for an opportunity to interview.
It’s also possible that, while it appears the interview has been granted, Emery will use the opportunity to inform him that the organization is prepared to go in a different direction. But hey, stranger things have happened.