Former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary has been out of coaching for the past two years, but the Hall of Fame linebacker could find himself back in the league in 2016.
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Thursday, Jan. 21
According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, the New York Giants granted the 57-year-old legend an interview Thursday for their vacant linebackers coach position.
Singletary spent parts of three seasons as the Niners head coach from 2008 through 2010, but after going just 18-22 and failing to make the playoffs, he was fired.
He subsequently served as an assistant to the head coach and linebackers coach with the Minnesota Vikings from 2011 through 2013; however, he was let go after the firing of Leslie Frazier.
Despite a lack of success as a head coach, Singletary knows plenty about the linebacker position. In addition to his stint as the Vikes' linebackers coach, he occupied the same position for the Baltimore Ravens in 2003 and 2004 and for the 49ers from 2005 through 2008.
He also spent 12 seasons as the heart of the Chicago Bears defense, making 10 trips to the Pro Bowl and winning Super Bowl XX along the way.
As pointed out by Art Stapleton of the Record, hiring Singletary would add a great deal of energy to a Giants coaching staff that has perhaps grown stale in recent years:
If Giants were to hire Mike Singletary to coach their LBs, there'd be no shortage of intensity in that room with Singletary + Devon Kennard.— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) January 21, 2016
Even so, ESPN.com's Dan Graziano isn't convinced that Singletary would cure what ails the team, especially at the linebacker position:
Singletary's an exciting name (and a favorite player from my youth), but position coach wasn't the problem with Giants' LBs just sayin.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) January 21, 2016
New head coach Ben McAdoo is clearly looking to put his stamp on the team, and looking toward Singletary certainly makes sense due to the fact that they worked together as part of the 49ers staff in 2005.
Should New York hire Singletary, he will have his work cut out for him, as the team's linebacker corps lacks star power, with the likes of Devon Kennard and JT Thomas playing key roles.
There is no question that Singletary is an inspiring and passionate coach, though, and he could be precisely what the Giants need in terms of galvanizing a struggling franchise.
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