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In depth history review of HC candidates

Discussion in 'American Football' started by RMANCIL, Feb 17, 2007.


    RMANCIL Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Here is some history on two of the candidates.

    Mike Singletary

    In 2003, Singletary became linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens (pairing Singletary with Ray Lewis). Following the 2004 season, the San Francisco 49ers hired Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Nolan to be their head coach, and Singletary left the Ravens with Nolan to be San Francisco's assistant head coach and linebackers coach.

    A Bears Legend

    The Bears went on to win 21-0. In the NFC Championship game vs. the Los Angeles Rams, Singletary and the Bears dominated again. Mike Ditka said that the day before the game, he was talking to the offense while Singletary was in the next room giving the defense a motivational speech. While it started out quiet, within minutes, Samurai Mike was screaming at the top of his lungs and the defensive players were throwing chairs and knocking over tables. The next day come game time, the Bears shut down NFL legend Eric Dickerson. Singletary posted 12 tackles, a batted pass, and a forced fumble in the game. He also provided one of the finest moments of his career and of the Bears' 1985 season in that game. It was 3rd and 1 towards the end of the 1st quarter, and quarterback Dieter Brock handed the ball to Dickerson. Dickerson headed towards a seemingly open hole over the left guard, but as Dickerson approached the hole, Singletary slammed it shut. Dickerson was stood straight up and thrown back for a loss, while the rest of the Bears dog-piled on top. Mike got up and started barking like mad (carrying on the "Junk-Yard Dog" theme the defense held all season), and "Dickerson didn't know where he was at," claimed fellow linebacker Wilber Marshall. The final score was 24-0.

    Rex Ryan

    Rex Ryan entered his 8th year with the Ravens in 2006, his 2nd as the defensive coordinator...Ryan is the only remaining Ravens' assistant coach from the 2000 Super Bowl XXXV season's superb defense...Rex had spent 6 seasons as the Ravens' highly-successful defensive line coach, and owns a distinctive NFL bloodline when it comes to coaching defenses...The Ryan family is a who's who trifecta that has coached in 6 Super Bowls with 5 different NFL teams*...Rex's father is the legendary Buddy Ryan; his twin brother is Rob Ryan, the defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders.

    OVERVIEW: Replaced Mike Nolan as the defensive coordinator in 2005 (Nolan went to the 49ers as head coach)...Under Rex Ryan's tutelage, the Ravens' defense has improved steadily since 1999, when Ryan joined the team, and Baltimore finished 2nd in the NFL in overall defense and 2nd against the rush...Baltimore's defense did not permit a 100-yard rusher in 50-straight games, including the playoffs (from Game 16 in '98 to Game 14 in '01)...On their way to Super Bowl XXXV, Rex coached an impressive veteran lineup: DEs Michael McCrary, Rob Burnett, and DTs Tony Siragusa and Sam Adams, who enjoyed their best years under Ryan...Launched pro career in 1994 with the Arizona Cardinals as the DL coach under his father, Buddy...Rex returned to college ranks before coming to the Baltimore Ravens.

    1999-2005: (with Baltimore) 2005: The Ravens' defense again stood out, finishing 2nd in the AFC and 5th in the NFL and allowing just 284.7 yards per contest (see box, next page)...Seven-time Pro Bowler Ray Lewis (thigh surgery) missed 10 games after starting the 1st 6...Lewis was on pace for a 205-tackle season prior to his injury after posting 77 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT, 3 PD and 1 FR...Pro Bowl S Ed Reed missed 6 games (ankle)...Against the rush, Baltimore ranked 6th in the AFC and 9th in the NFL...LB Bart Scott started the 1st 10 games of his career, finishing 2nd on the team with 119 tackles and 4 sacks. LB Tommy Polley led the Ravens with a career-high 134 tackles in his 1st season with the team..

    Opponents' starting RBs were held to under 100 yards 12 times and under 65 yards 8 times...Ravens defense finished 3rd in the AFC in 3rd-down efficiency allowing opponents to convert on just 36.1% of their opportunities...Baltimore allowed 4.56 yards per play, closing the year behind the Steelers (4.55), ranking 2nd in the AFC and 3rd in the NFL...Against the pass, Baltimore ranked 4th in the AFC and 8th in the NFL...The 5.63 yards allowed per pass play was tops in the AFC and 2nd in the NFL...Missing from the lineup for a total of 11 games were starting safeties Reed (ankle), who, in 58 career games, posted franchise records of 22 INTs and 680 INT return yards and Will Demps (knee)...CB Chris McAlister led the team with 20 PD, missing 2 games (hamstring and shoulder Suggs had a Ravens' rookie-record 12 sacks as a 3rd-down DE and earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors...Gregg had the most tackles (104) in the NFL for a defensive lineman

    2002: Defense held opponents to AFC-best 3.7 yards per carry...Linemen averaged 2 years of experience and 24 years of age..Defense finished in the NFL's top 4 in several important categories, including 1st in total yards allowed per play (4.4), 2nd in total yards allowed per game (277.9), and 3rd in rushing average allowed per play (3.4)...Was 4th in the NFL in fewest points allowed with 265...Record-setting defense did not permit a 100-yard rusher in 50 straight games, including the playoffs

    2000: Finished 1st against the run, 2nd in the NFL in defense...Set a 16-game NFL record by allowing only 970 yards rushing and 2.68 yards per rushing attempt...Defense gave up the fewest points (165) in NFL history in a 16-game season...Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV

    1998: (with Oklahoma) Named defensive coordinator...Defense ranked 6th in the nation in total defense.

    1996-97: (with U. of Cincinnati) Spent 2 seasons as defensive coordinator. 1997: Team finished 8-4...Defense ranked 5th vs. the rush and 13th in overall defense in the nation...Held opponents to 930 rushing yards. 1996: Team posted a 6-5 record.

    1994-95: (with Arizona Cardinals) Spent 2 seasons coaching under his father, then-head coach Buddy Ryan. 1995: In 2nd season, he coached the LBs. 1994: Rex coached the DL...Cardinals ranked in the NFL's top 5 in every major defensive statistical category, including 3rd in overall defense.

    1990-93: (with Morehead State) Named defensive coordinator.

    1989: (with New Mexico Highlands) Assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.

    1987-88: (with Eastern Kentucky) Launched collegiate coaching career as DE coach.

    Ron Rivera

    In 1996, he became a defense quality control coach for the Bears.

    In 1999, Rivera was named linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. During his tenure the Eagles advanced to the NFC (National Football Conference) Championships for three consecutive seasons. He is credited with developing linebacker Jeremiah Trotter into a two-time Pro Bowl performer

    On January 23, 2004, Rivera was named the Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator

    The Chicago Bears defense was second-rated in the NFL.They lead the league in points scored against category surrendering only 14.4 per game and were first in the N.F.L. in total yads allowing only 1624 yards 238.5 per game average. The Bears qualified for the NFC playoffs losing in the 2nd Round to the Carolina Panthers 29-21. The 2005 season output of the Chicago Bears has earned him consideration for Head Coach assignments from several NFL teams.

    In 2006, the Bears’ defensive efforts failed to match the success of their 2005 season. Nevertheless, the team was still a notable presence in league., finishing with the league’s third ranked and conference’s top-ranked points allowed category. [2] The defense’s success earned Rivera recognition among franchises looking for new head coaches. The Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers interviewed him in January of 2007. He was a candidate for the vacant Dallas Cowboys head coaching position.

    The Bears advanced to the Super Bowl in 2006 largely due to the Bear defense which was one of the N.F.L. best in the take away department. The bears defense finished 3rd in the N.F.L. with 32 fumbles created and 20 recovered. The Bears defense finished third in the N.F.L in points scored against at just 15.9 per game and sixth in the league in rush defense surrendering just 99.4 per game.

    Now you know
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  2. Thread_Killer

    Thread_Killer Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2006
    Thanks Danger Man. Good stuff. Interesting that Nolan thought highly enough of Singletary to bring him to SF, but not highly enough to make him a DC, passing him over to steal Manusky from us.
  3. sdchrger

    sdchrger Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2005
    Good morning Daddy. :yes:

    A very good point.

    RMANCIL Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    I found that very interesting of course Nolan smoothed it over saying Mike was to important doing his other work and that is why he was passed over.

    Singletary did petition for the job however based on news paper articles.
  5. Electric Chair

    Electric Chair Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2006
    This and this alone makes me not want Singletary. The guy just does not have enough experience on any level for me to feel comfortable with him.
  6. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    that's been my point; i'd frankly want him to at least be a DC before he can be considered for a HC position and that he was passed over for Manusky doesn't speak highly of him.
  7. BoltsFanUK

    BoltsFanUK Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    Yeah, it doesn't bode well for him does it:no:
  8. sdrocks

    sdrocks Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2006
    Let's interview Manusky for the HC job.
  9. Boltjolt

    Boltjolt Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Apparently from Nolans explanation, Singletary is more valuable to him as his assistant HC than he is as his DC. I dont think its a knock on Singletary as a DC but rather an endorsement for anybody wanting to hire him as a HC such as us.

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