Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles: Why Mike Singletary Should Be Hired

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 26: Head coach Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sideline at the Edward Jones Dome on December 26, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the 49ers 25-17. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Jason KarlAnalyst IIIJanuary 14, 2011

Andy Reid is not afraid of hiring big-profile coaches to his staff. From Dick Jauron to Bobby April, Reid feels an excellent coaching staff translates to great success on the field for his players.

Well, if this is what Andy Reid believes, he should not be hesitant in hiring Mike Singletary to coach his young but talented group of linebackers.

Singletary was relieved of his duties by the 49ers for his handling of team, especially quarterbacks Alex Smith and Troy Smith.

Singletary proved he cannot lead a football team, but that does not mean he cannot handle a group of linebackers. In fact, Singletary's addition could transform our young linebackers.

If you doubt Mike Singletary's effect on linebackers, just look at the best linebacker in the game: Patrick Willis. Willis even admits Singletary's transformed him into an All-Pro linebacker. He was taught the fundamentals of the game and the necessary skills to become an elite linebacker.

When Singletary was fired, Willis said, "I called him right away, because I wanted to hear it from him rather than hear it on the news, so we talked briefly. It was sad. He said, 'I'm not going to coach you any more, continue to lead this team and never forget the fundamentals of the game. They'll take you far and the rest will come to you.'"

Fundamentals. That is exactly what the young Eagles linebackers need.

Players like Jamar Chaney, Stewart Bradley, Moise Fokou and especially Ernie Sims, could greatly benefit from the motivational Singletary teaching them the fundamentals of the game.

The linebackers sometimes are out of place, overrunning the play (I'm talking to you Ernie Sims), blitzing when they should be in coverage and just looking clueless out there.

Even though Singletary had trouble firing up an entire football team, he can certainly fire up the linebackers.

His motivational talks and his determination will rub off on the players.

Each Eagle linebacker is special in their own way, and Sean McDermott and Eagles linebacker coach Bill Shuey, who has no experience playing football, cannot get the most out of these linebackers.

Mike Singletary, one of the best linebackers in NFL history, could maximize the Eagles linebackers' talents, which will advance the defense into becoming great.

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