Mike Singletary

Michael " Mike" Singletary ( born October 9, 1958 in Houston, Texas ) is an American football coach and former player in the position of linebackers. He was from 2008 to 2010 Head Coach for the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League ( NFL). Singletary became famous when he was a significant player in the most dominant defense of the league in the mid-1980s. 1985 left the Chicago Bears no more than 11 points per game. In the same season, the Bears won with a convincing defense performance against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. For his achievements as a player Singletary was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998. Prior to his Profikarierre he played football at Baylor University.

Career as a player in the NFL

Full of self-confidence came Mike Singletary in the NFL. Even before the NFL Draft, he told a scout of the Chicago Bears if they hope to pod judge him in the second round, they should forget it. However, it turned out differently. The Bears picked him in the second round of the 1981 Draft ( 38th player of the draft ) to the team. The first games Singletary ran on as a substitute. He himself said years later: "This helped me to my manager and my character to strengthen ." My trainer "saved me from myself ." Mike Singletary's intense and intelligent style of play but was soon rewarded his coach Buddy Ryan gave him to say the moves. Singletary's efforts on the field and his leadership in cabin brought him many honors: In his twelve-year career, he was ten times invited to the Pro Bowl, twice voted the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award and once he won with the Bears to the Super Bowl. 1998 Singletary was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Career as a coach

" It is my amounted did every young man, deep down, wants to be great - It is my belief that every young man, deep in the heart, would be successful."

In 2002, Mike Singletary was talking as head coach for the football team at Baylor University, Singletary's former university, but without success. 2003 Singletary was hired as linebackers coach at the Baltimore Ravens. The following season he moved to San Francisco at the San Francisco 49ers to work as an assistant and linebackers coach.


After the former coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Mike Nolan was fired in 2008, the assistant coach Mike Singletary got his chance and was appointed interim coach. From the first game on October 30, 2008 against the Seattle Seahawks Singletary could set the tone and strengthen its leadership in the team. Ten minutes before the end, he sent the "First -Round Draft Pick " in 2006, tight end Vernon Davis, in the cabin. Davis had beaten an opponent, which was punished with a 15 - yard penalty. In the press conference after the game, Singletary commented loudly addressed to Davis, as he in the future treat players who only play for themselves and not for the team. "Can not play with them. Can not win with them, can not coach with them, can not do it. " It was later reported that Singletary during the half -time team talk pulled down his pants to illustrate how bad the team played. A spokesman for the 49ers confirmed the report.


In the game against the Atlanta Falcons in the 5th week, lost San Francisco 45:10. Frustrated by the poor performance, Mike Singletary screamed at his players. Later, he commented on his behavior: "I wish I had more Trainer decency. But I did not. I love my players and when someone opposes my players in this special way, then it may be that I'm doing things I should not do. I need to get better with time in such things. "

Singletary led the San Francisco 49ers in 2009 with eight wins and eight defeats to a balanced season. The first since 2002 that do not adversely ended. Five players from the team were invited to the Pro Bowl: linebacker Patrick Willis, punter Andy Lee, Tight End Vernon Davis, running back Frank Gore and defensive end Justin Smith.

Since 2010

After a disappointing season with five wins and ten defeats Singletary was fired before the end of the season on December 26, 2010. The Minnesota Vikings committed him in the spring of 2011 as an assistant coach under head coach Leslie Frazier.