Report: Singletary to interview for Bears head-coaching vacancy

Report: Singletary to interview for Bears head-coaching vacancy
January 7, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Mike Singletary compiled an 18-22 record in parts of three seasons as 49ers coach. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Former 49ers coach Mike Singletary, whom top executive Jed York fired with one game remaining in the 2010 season, is scheduled to interview for the Chicago Bears head-coaching vacancy, according to multiple reports, including the Chicago Sun-Times.

Before Singletary's forgettable stint as 49ers coach, he was best known as a Bears Hall of Fame linebacker.

Singletary compiled an 18-22 record in parts of three seasons as 49ers coach. He took over in mid-season of 2008 after Mike Nolan was fired. In Singletary's only full season, the 49ers finished 8-8.

In 2010, Singletary went back and forth between quarterbacks Alex Smith and Troy Smith, and the 49ers stumbled to a 5-10 record with plenty of dysfunction along the way. After the 49ers were eliminated from playoff contention with a 25-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams, Singletary was fired. Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula took over as the interim coach and the 49ers won the season finale to finish with a 6-10 record.

Jim Harbaugh replaced Singletary, and the 49ers compiled regular-season records of 13-3 and 11-4-1 the next two seasons.

Singletary has spent the past two seasons as linebackers/special assistant to the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings under Leslie Frazier, a former Bears teammate.

Bears general manager Phil Emery also reportedly plans to interview Marc Trestman, a former 49ers offensive coordinator and current coach of the Montreal Alouettes (Canadian Football League).

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