Bears reportedly interviewed Mike Singletary for defensive coordinator

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Bears reportedly interview Singletary for DC job originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

So, according to The Athletic, the Bears interviewed Mike Singletary 'earlier this week': 

Singletary's been out of the NFL since 2016, when he was a defensive assistant with the Rams. He spent three seasons (2008-2010) as the San Francisco 49ers' head coach – going 18-22 over a 40-game stretch – and was most recently coaching the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football. Of course, Singletary may still be better known – in Chicago at least – as the Hall of Fame linebacker who anchored the Bears' 1985 Super Bowl winning team. 

The news is ... surprising ... for a couple different reasons. While Singletary's held advisory roles with a few NFL teams in recent years, five years is a long time to take off between coaching gigs. He also, up until this date, hadn't publicly been on any other team's radars. 

Also included in The Athletic's report of interviewed candidates were Colts defensive backs coach Jonathan Gannon, Cowboys defensive assistant George Edwards, and former Cardinals and Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher. Internal candidates Sean Desai and Jay Rodgers are also still being considered.