Just when you thought it was a done deal with Dick Jauron becoming the new defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams, another prominent name surfaces for the vacancy. Clearly the fallout from Rob Ryan not taking the gig hasn’t deterred other candidates from having some interest. This latest name though is one that may have been forgotten by some in the NFL, but the NFC West still remembers it quite well.
Of course the man being hinted at is Mike Singletary, former San Francisco 49ers head coach and Chicago Bears all-world linebacker. He and Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher actually played together with the Bears which is another interesting connection to be aware of. For some reason, his fiery demeanor doesn’t come across as standoffish as Ryan’s while his knowledge will be just as in-depth if not even more so than Jauron’s. It certainly doesn’t hurt that he will still have some inside information on the team that presents the biggest competition for the Rams in the NFC West division either.
Singletary has spent the past two years coaching linebackers for the Minnesota Vikings. He interviewed for the job with the Rams this week and even though he has never held the position as defensive coordinator during his coaching career, it is the next logical step for him in his quest to again become a head coach.
This seems like a logical fit with a team that has a young nucleus on both sides of the ball, but particularly on defense. Singletary led the 49ers during the maturation process of all of the players that just led that team to the Super Bowl a week ago. He has tremendous leadership qualities and would really instill a top notch work ethic in every player under his direction on defense.
It would be wise for the Rams to get their coaching staff solidified sooner rather than later with the heat of the scouting leading up to the NFL Draft set to get underway in less than two weeks. Having a concrete idea of the type of personnel that a coach likes to work with prior to that getting started is certainly beneficial to pinpointing which players are preferable in the team’s current scheme. Don’t be surprised if Singletary gets another shot in the NFC West with the Rams and continues the progress that this defense experienced in 2012.