Day by day, the list of potential head coaches keeps growing for the Chicago Bears. Earlier today, another name that is familiar to Bears fans was added to that list. Chicago has plans to interview Minnesota Vikings special assistant to head coach/linebackers coach Mike Singletary.
Yes, this is the same Singletary who was a two-time defensive player of the year with the Bears during his 12-year career as a player. And yes, this is the same Mike Singletary who went 18-22 as a head coach.
The fact that Chicago even thought about considering Singletary makes no sense at all. Singletary is a defensive-minded coach, something that the Bears don’t need in a head coach. Current defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has all the defensive knowledge Chicago needs on their coaching staff.
The Bears’ fifth-ranked overall defense wasn’t the problem in the 2012 season. It was Chicago’s 28th ranked offense that held back the entire team. Adding Singletary to the mix will only prolong the inconsistent offensive play of the Bears, especially with offensive coordinator Mike Tice calling the plays.
The only good thing that could possibly come out of naming Singletary head coach is that it might persuade Brian Urlacher to re-sign with the Bears, which would definitely keep him in Chicago for the rest of his career. I think that Urlacher would love to be coached by one of the greatest middle linebackers of all time.
I feel that the Bears just need to completely forget about interviewing Singletary because it will just be a waste of time. The organization needs to focus more on the candidates who can bring benefits to the offense.
Of everyone Chicago has under consideration, I believe that Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements are the best candidates the Bears have targeted.
Arians has proved that he’s capable of being a head coach by stepping in as interim head coach for the Colts and leading them to a 9-3 record while at the helm. Though Clements has never been a head coach, his offensive knowledge has been evident in the production of the Packers’ offense over the past few years. In addition to that, his familiarity with Green Bay will help Chicago, considering the fact that the Bears face the Packers twice a year.
I’m not saying that Singletary isn’t deserving of another opportunity as a head coach in the league. However, I am saying that being the head coach for the Bears isn’t a good fit for him or Chicago. Singletary as head coach will only stunt the growth of the Bears’ organization and throw more dirt on his reputation as a head coach.
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