Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery is leaving no stone unturned in his search for the team's next head coach. The tally of potential replacements for Lovie Smith reached double digits yesterday. With three more names recently emerging, that number is now lucky 13.
Emery has interviewed current Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub and will meet with Minnesota Vikings linebackers coach Mike Singletary and special teams coordinator Mike Priefer.
Smith hired Toub as ST coordinator in 2004, a post Toub has held for the past nine seasons. Each year, his units have ranked at or near the top of the league. He interviewed for the then-vacant Miami Dolphins head coach position last offseason, a job Joe Philbin ultimately won.
Before coming to Chicago, Toub was special teams/quality control coach for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2001-2003. He spent the previous 15 years in the collegiate ranks with the University of Missouri and the Unviersity of Texas-El Paso.
Singletary has been linebackers coach and assistant head coach for the Vikings the past two seasons. Before that, he spent six season with the San Francisco 49ers, first as linebackers coach and the last two years as head coach. He is the only Bears head coach candidate of 13 with a defensive background.
Singletary is a Hall of Fame linebacker, inducted in 1998, who was the leader of the Bears' defense in the 1980s. He was a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 10-time Pro Bowler, eight-time All Pro and named to the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team.
Priefer is an 11-year NFL coach that has been special teams coordinator for the Vikings since 2011. He held the same post previously with the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos.
The other 10 candidates the Bears are considering: Darrell Bevell, Seahawks offensive coordinator; Mike McCoy, Broncos offensive coordinator; Bruce Arians, Colts offensive coordinator; Mike Sullivan, Buccaneers offensive coordinator; Rick Dennison, Texans offensive coordinator; Tom Clements, Packers offensive coordinator; Keith Armstrong, Falcons special teams coordinator; Joe DeCamillis, Cowboys special teams coordinator; Pete Carmichael Jr., Saints offensive coordinator; and Marc Trestman, head coach of the Montreal Alouettes (CFL).
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