Found January 08, 2013 on
Fox Sports North:
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Chicago Bears wide-ranging search for a new coach has extended to the Minnesota Vikings.
Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Tuesday that Chicago has asked to speak to Mike Singletary, the Vikings co-linebackers coach and special assistant to Frazier, and special teams coordinator Mike Priefer. The Bears reportedly have or are planning to interview at least 13 candidates to replace Lovie Smith, who was fired after Chicago missed the playoffs due to Minnesota's win against Green Bay in the final-regular season game.
"The Bears have requested some information, and I'll let that organization talk about their candidate," Frazier said in his season-ending press conference. "The things, the rumors that you read and heard, they have been asked to come in and interview for the job there."
The Chicago Tribune first reported Chicago general manager Phil Emery's interest in Singletary and Priefer. Singletary, a former Bears Hall of Fame linebacker, has head coaching experience with San Francisco. He's spent the past two seasons in Minnesota as an assistant to Frazier, a friend from their playing days in Chicago. Priefer has coached the Vikings' special teams the past two seasons and is highly regarded.
After a big rebound this season from 3-13 in 2011, Frazier is hoping to keep his coaching staff intact.
"I mentioned earlier that our coaches did a great job getting our players ready to play every week," Frazier said. "Barring someone getting a promotion, I'm hoping all our guys are back. They did a terrific job throughout the season."
The Tribune reports that the Bears have or will interview, special teams coaches Dave Toub (Bears), Keith Armstrong (Falcons) and Joe DeCamillis (Cowboys); and offensive-minded coaches, Bruce Arians (Colts), Darrell Bevell (Seahawks), Pete Carmichael (Saints), Tom Clements (Packers), Rick Dennison (Texans), Mike McCoy (Broncos), Mike Sullivan (Buccaneers) and Marc Trestman of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has one year left on his contract and no concern about his future.
Frazier said Tuesday he and his agent will speak soon with Vikings officials about his deal.
Frazier said he's been told many times by owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf and general manager Rick Spielman that they were pleased by the team's performance in 2012. Frazier...
Minnesota Vikings owner Mark Wilf told reporters on Tuesday that they intend to discuss a contract extension with head coach Leslie Frazier at some point during the offseason.
“We’re pleased with the job Leslie has done and as he mentioned we haven’t really sat down and discussed anything at this point,” said Wilf regarding a possible extension for Frazier, via ESPN 1500...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Christian Ponder's season didn't end the way he or the Minnesota Vikings had hoped, with the quarterback inactive for Saturday's 24-10 playoff loss. But Ponder will get the chance to lead Minnesota back to the playoffs in 2013.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Tuesday during his season-ending press conference that Ponder will be the team'...
Once again, Leslie Frazier's support of quarterback Christian Ponder was unwavering.
"He's our starter," the Vikings head coach said today during his final press conference of the 2013 season.
As for the team's plans for No. 2 QB Joe Webb and No. 3 QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, well, the support from the top of the Purple coaching tree was polite, but far...
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said that Christian Ponder will be the team's starting quarterback in 2013. "He's out starter," Frazier said in his postseason media conference on Tuesday. SOURCE: ESPN 1500 Twin CitiesFantasy Spin:Ponder missed the team's Wild Card loss to Green Bay due to a elbow bursitis but backup Joe Webb did nothing to suggest he will be a...
Minnesota assistants Mike Singletary and Mike Priefer will interview for the Chicago head coaching vacancy.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Tuesday that the Bears made the request. There are at least 10 other coaches reported to be under consideration to replace the fired Lovie Smith in Chicago.
After an unsuccessful stint as coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Singletary...
The Minnesota Vikings finished the season 10-6, lost to the Packers in the first round of the playoffs and had a successful season.
Some pundits will say that Vikings are a quarterback away, or need to address the quarterback position. Whatever improvements the Vikings make will be made Ponder, because NFL.com is reporting that head coach Leslie Frazier wants to make it clear that...
Despite their differences, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier expects receiver Percy Harvin to return next season. SOURCE: Minneapolis Star-TribuneFantasy Spin:Harvin and Frazier allegedly had a spat last month but Frazier doesn't believe the riff will impact Harvin's future with the team. We'll wait to hear Harvin's side of the story before jumping to any conclusions.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier endorsed Christian Ponder as the team’s starter in 2013, reiterating the confidence Ponder expressed in himself one day earlier.
Percy Harvin is scheduled to return to Winter Park soon to have his ankle evaluated, at which time he and head coach Leslie Frazier will talk. Frazier declined to get into specifics about Harvin’s situation, but he did confirm outside interest in some of the Vikings’ assistant coaches and announced surgeries for a couple of players.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier reported Sunday that although Christian Ponder was able to finish the regular-season finale against the Packers, when the quarterback came into Winter Park last Monday, his biceps muscle was swollen and discolored and he had hardly any range of motion.
Frazier said the condition of Ponder's injury -- which kept the quarterback out of Saturday&...
Theres been a lot of talk in recent weeks that Vikings WR Percy Harvin could be moved during the offseason given that hes reportedly had multiple conflicts with head coach Leslie Frazier. Harvin is obviously looking for a long-term contract extension, considering that he will be entering the final year of his rookie deal next season.
Despite these issues, Frazier expects...
The Bears will interview a couple of Vikings assistants in special teams coach Mike Priefer and former all-world linebacker Mike Singletary.
After Mike Nolan was fired mid-season in 2008, Mike Singletary became the 49ers interim head coach, and immediately made his presence known by his very public feud with tight end Vernon Davis.
The following season, Singletary was signed...