Frazier: Adding Singletary A “Coup” For Organization

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 21, 2011 – 11:52 am

Assembling a coaching staff is an exciting proposition for a new coach but it’s also an arduous process that requires attention to detail, respect for relationships and patience. Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier experienced this in recent weeks as he built his staff, an effort that is nearly complete.

But there is one new coach in particular whose path to the Vikings was an easy one to navigate – Mike Singletary.

Singletary, a longtime friend of Frazier’s from their days playing together in Chicago, joins the coaching staff as special assistant to the head coach/LBs coach. He was most recently the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and has also coached on the Baltimore Ravens staff. Singletary is most-known for his days as a dominant Bears LB, though, and he’ll look to bring his expertise in that area to the Vikings LB corps.

“Of course, adding our Special Assistant to the Head Coach Mike Singletary is a great coup for our organization,” Frazier said on Thursday. “Mike and I have a long history together, going back to our playing days. We’ve always stayed in touch, even when he wasn’t coaching.”

Aside from tutoring the LBs, though, Singletary will add value as a reliable resource for Frazier as he embarks on his first full-time head coaching gig in the NFL.

“I have a guy now who has head coaching experience that I can use as a sounding board as I’m making decisions regarding our team and our personnel,” Frazier explained. “It should be a great addition to our football team. Of course a great player in his own right, but his experience should really help me as a coach as well.”

While a great deal of effort and even sometimes persuasion is used to attract potential assistant coaches to a team, the process was a bit easier with Singletary because of the great relationship he shares with Frazier.

“I called him up and interviewed him on the phone,” Frazier explained. “I said, ‘Hey man, you want to come out here and help me out, help us win a championship?’ Mike Singletary, that was his interview.”

Singletary had a similar explanation of how the process unfolded.

“With Leslie, there is no persuading at all,” Singletary said. “You’ve got to have a little patience in terms of what we were trying to do here. Leslie is a guy that has an incredible amount of integrity with me and we’ve been friends for a long time. So there was no persuading at all.

“It’s a matter of me asking him or him asking me, that’s all it would take.”

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