Mike Priefer, Mike Singletary Will Interview for Bears


Nov 20, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer during the game against the Oakland Raiders at the Mall of America Field. The Raiders defeated the Vikings 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

The Bears are leaving no stone unturned in their search for new coaches. Over the last week a seemingly endless roll-call of names has been scrolled out in connection with that team. That list reportedly includes former Vikings offensive coordinator Darrel Bevell. And with the Vikings themselves now out of the playoffs, Minnesota assistants are fair game. Phil Emery has wasted no time in calling on a couple of Viking coaches for interviews. Per Brad Biggs, special teams coach Mike Priefer and defensive assistant Mike Singletary are both on the very long Emery list.

No idea what specific jobs these guys will be interviewing for. The Singletary interview seems like more of a courtesy than anything, Singletary being one of the most legendary names in Bears history. I can’t see that guy scoring even a defensive coordinator job at this point but who knows? Priefer is a little more intriguing. He’s one of the more respected special teams coaches in the league and there have been rumblings here and there about special teams coaches getting more of a look for head jobs.

Does this mean Priefer has a shot at replacing Lovie Smith? Seems wacko. But nowadays it appears more organizations are willing to think outside the box when it comes to coaching hires. I mean heck. If Eric Mangini can score a pair of head jobs in a five years span, why not Priefer?

Something to keep an eye on.

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