Somebody needs to be dialing Mike Singletary‘s digits right now. Somebody like Arthur Blank, who fired his milk-toast head coach, Jim Mora, and needs a no-nonsense guy that everyone in the Atlanta Falcons organization – particularly so-called “coach-killer” Micheal Vick – can and will respect. That would be Mike Singletary.
I love this time of year when NFL folks start talking about getting the “best” candidate for their head-coach opening. There’s probably not a term in America that can be more loosely and variously defined. There are dozens of men who are capable of being NFL head coaches, and who deserve the opportunity to put what they’ve learned to work. They come in all ages, shapes, backgrounds and, yes, all colors. And with varying levels of experience. At sunset, it all comes down to which man is he right “fit” for your team – it’s players, its style, its culture, its city.
Singletary, the formidable, intimidating Hall of Fame former linebacker and current assistant head coach/linebackers coach of the San Francisco 49ers, has only been coaching for three seasons. Way fewer than most of the names we’ll hear bantered about as NFL honchos scramble to fill openings at Arizona, Miami, ATL and soon-to-be-vacant Pittsburgh. Fewer than almost all of the minority coaches whose names you’ll certainly hear discussed in conjunction with the Rooney Rule.
Fewer than Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, who interviewed today for the Arizona Cardinals gig. Fewer than Giants defensive coordinator (and former Steelers defensive coordinator) Tim Lewis. Fewer than Indianapolis assistant had coach and defensive coordinator Jim Caldwell. Fewer than Norm Chow (Why he would leave Vince Young, even for a top gig, I do not know.) And certainly fewer than Washington Secondary/Cornerbacks coach Jerry Gray, the former Buffalo defensive coordinator who was passed over last season for a guy who’d lost twice as many games as he’d won as a head coach.
Others who should be courted – and hired soon – are Falcons wide receievers coach George Stewart, Falcons and Seattle defensive line coach Dwaine Board.
Maybe Singletary needs more grooming. Hard to argue otherwise. But right now, he just may be the best man – the best “fit” – for the Falcons job, particularly if they do not trade Vick. His commanding presence will end all of the knuckle-head stuff that went on in ATL last year, and I doubt he’ll do anything as stupid as pine for another job n a radio show. He’ll have to hire a strong, very string staff – particularly as his offensive coordinator. But this blogger thinks that with Blanks bucks and the respect he commands throughout the NFL, Singletary would be able to build one of the strongest staffs in the NFL and give ATL its best shot.
Arthur, who you gonna call?
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