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Updated: January 7th, 2013 10:19pm
Report: Vikings' Mike Priefer, Mike Singletary to interview with Bears

Report: Vikings' Mike Priefer, Mike Singletary to interview with Bears

by Tom Pelissero
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The Chicago Bears' wide search for a new coach apparently now includes two Minnesota Vikings assistants.

Mike Priefer and Mike Singletary will interview with Bears general manager Phil Emery, the Chicago Tribune reported late Monday.

Both joined Vikings coach Leslie Frazier's staff in 2011, Priefer as special teams coordinator and Singletary as linebackers coach and special assistant.

Priefer entered the NFL in 2002 as Jacksonville's assistant special teams coach and since has had stints with the New York Giants (2003 to '05), Kansas City (2006 to '08) and Denver (2009 to '10).

Singletary was Baltimore's linebackers coach in 2003 to '04 before heading to San Francisco, where he was elevated to interim head coach in 2008 and compiled an 18-22 mark in parts of three seasons.

The odds of either getting the job may be slimmer simply because of how many men already have turned up on Emery's list.

According to various reports, compiled by, the list of candidates includes Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman, Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, Cowboys special-teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis, Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements and Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

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