Mike Singletary is interviewing on Wednesday to become linebackers coach of the New York Giants, per a report from ESPN's Josina Anderson. Singletary, the former Chicago Bears great and former coach of the San Francisco 49ers, worked with new Giants coach Ben McAdoo when both were 49ers assistants in 2005.
Linebacker play has, of course, been an issue for the Giants for many years. Per a tweet from Anderson, no Giants linebacker graded in the Pro Football Focus top 30 this season and the 101 catches for 1,303 yards that opposing tight ends accumulated were the most allowed by any NFL defense. Linebackers generally have the primary responsibility for the tight end.
Singletary, a 10-time Pro Bowler and seven-time All-Pro during a 12-year playing career with theChicago Bears, was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998. He went only 18-22 during a less-than-successful stint as head coach of the 49ers from 2008 thru 2010.
Singletary is, of course, legendary not only for his play but for his hard-nosed attitude. It's something the Giants' defense could use.
Other coaching news
We wrote Wednesday night about the report that Frank Cignetti, a former Rutgers assistant, appears likely to become quarterbacks coach. Dwayne Stukes, formerly with the Bears, will apparently join the staff as assistant special teams coach.