Tag:Ron Rivera
Posted on: January 18, 2011 3:38 pm

Singletary heading to Minnesota as LB coach

Posted by Will Brinson

No one's ever questioned Mike Singletary's ability to motivate young men. In fact, he was highly successful as a linebackers coach with the 49ers, and it seems likely that he'll be highly successful as a linebackers coach for the Minnesota Vikings.

Because that's where he'll be coaching in 2011 -- Singletary told the "Waddle and Silvy" show on Tuesday that he accepted the position with Minnesota.

"I will be in Minnesota with Les [Frazier]," Singletary said. "I will be a linebackers coach/assistant head coach."

Singletary had previously been rumored to possibly land in either Carolina or Minnesota, where the new head coaches (Ron Rivera and Leslie Frazier, respectively) are former teammates of Singletary's on the 1985 Chicago Bears championship team.

Singletary previously worked as the linebackers coach with the Ravens, before accepting a position with the Niners as linebackers and assistant head coach (where eventually he was elevated to "interim" head coach and then head coach). He'll now take that same position in Minnesota.

Given the way in which he flamed out while he ran San Francisco's team, it's a pretty big win for him. And also a pretty big win for Minnesota, who should expect to see improved play from their already stout linebacker corps.

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Posted on: January 18, 2011 12:31 am

Panthers round out main coaching staff

Posted by Will Brinson

The Panthers started their coaching staff overhaul on Monday when they hired Sean McDermott as defensive coordinator, and a few short hours later, locked up their main coaching positions by hiring Rob Chudzinksi, the former San Diego tight ends coach.

That's according to Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer, who actually cited the father of Jim Gruden (father of Jay, another candidate for the OC gig), who said his son was out of the running on Monday.

"Chud" has been the coordinator for the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Hurricanes, and he's done a decent job working with tight ends in his day -- Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey, Kellen Winslow and Antonio Gates all played for him. He was also running the offense for Cleveland in 2007, the last time the Browns weren't totally terrible.

Additionally, the Panthers added Brian Murphy, the Vikings special teams coach, for the same position in Charlotte after it became clear that Leslie Frazier wouldn't retain him.

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Posted on: January 16, 2011 10:04 pm

Report: Singletary to coach LBs in Minnesota

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Looks like former 49ers coach Mike Singletary will get back to what he does best – coaching linebackers in the NFL.

That’s according to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, who writes that Singletary is expected to join Vikings coach Leslie Frazier’s staff in that capacity.

The Panthers showed interest in hiring Singletary as well. Singletary played with Frazier and new Carolina coach Ron Rivera as a member of the Bears.

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Posted on: January 16, 2011 12:08 pm

Singletary, McDermott drawing lots of interest

Posted by Will Brinson

Mike Singletary and Sean McDermott were both fired fairly unceremoniously after their team's seasons were (effectively) over. But they don't appear to be hurting for work too badly -- multiple reports Sunday indicate that the two defensive specialists should find a job in 2011 pretty easily. 

And both gentlemen are in the mix to be a part of Ron Rivera's defensive crew in Carolina, apparently. Singletary as linebackers coach and McDermott as defensive coordinator.

Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports that linebackers coach Richard Smith will leave the Panthers (insomuch that he's still there anyway) and join John Fox in Denver.

Singletary, LaCanfora reports, is a possible candidate to replace Smith. The ex-Niners coach played with Rivera on the Bears, but he also played with Leslie Frazier there. And both Judd Zulgad of the Minnesota Star-Tribune and Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer noted on Twitter that they believe the Vikings are still in the lead to land Singletary. (Which, if you're a Panthers fan, is a shame, because Singletary getting a hold of Jon Beason, Dan Connor and James Anderson might equate to some stupid good production; see: Patrick Willis.)

McDermott is expected to get a look for the Panthers DC gig as well as with, ironically enough, Fox in Denver as the defensive coordinator. McDermott once interviewed for the Broncos' head coaching job, interestingly.

That's according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN who reports that Andy Reid informed McDermott (when he let him go from Philly) that the legend of Jim Johnson was "too large."

It's a shame, of course, since McDermott had been with the Eagles since 1998, gradually rising up the ranks of the coaching staff. In his time there, he worked with Rivera, who was linebackers coach with the Eagles from 1999-2003.
Posted on: January 13, 2011 11:43 am

Hot Routes 1.13.10: Orange ties are always in

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • John Fox brought an orange tie to his interview with the Broncos on Wednesday. And after getting delayed by weather twice earlier this week, Fox finally actually made it to Denver. So, what separates him from the other Broncos candidates? "I've been doing it. I have a plan, whether it's a bye week schedule, a training camp schedule. It's not my first rodeo, so to speak," Fox told the Associated Press. "So, I think I do have a blueprint to do it. We've had success, some years more than others. But you know the full body of work I think holds a blueprint for success."
  • And while we’re talking about Polamalu, the NY Times does a nice job on the spiritual side of the guy with the best hair in the league.
  • The Steelers Lounge caught up with Merril Hoge about this weekend’s Steelers-Ravens game.

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Posted on: January 12, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 12:47 pm

Hot Routes 1.12.11 coaches fighting SNOW!?

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Former Bengals bust Peter Warrick is joining Cincinnati Commandos, an indoor football club where, we believe, all the players eschew underwear.

The unattractive Seahawks-Bears matchup (unattractive by divisional round playoff standards) is hurting ticket brokers in Chicago.

In his introductory press conference, Ron Rivera said the Panthers defense would remain a 4-3. (Rivera ran a 3-4 in San Diego but a 4-3 in Chicago.)

Bucs special teams coach Rich Bisaccia is jumping ship to San Diego. The Bucs replaced him with former fringe journeyman Dwayne Stukes.

Because of the snow in Atlanta, Mike Smith and some of his colleagues have turned the Falcons’ Flowery Branch headquarters into their personal residence.

Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter touted his head coaching experience during his interview with the Broncos. (The former Boise State head coach is obviously familiar with leading a Broncos team.)

Aaron Rodgers, who notched his first playoff win this past Sunday, said there never was a monkey on his back.

The Raiders are holding one of their near-annual head coaching searches.

After Drew Brees won it last year, Matt Hasselbeck is looking to take the “Best Postgame Celebration Photo With Your Kid” title for 2011.

Vernon Davis would love for Donovan McNabb to be a 49er.

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Posted on: January 11, 2011 9:23 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 4:52 pm

For the gambler in you

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The latest prop bets from bodog.com (playoff and offseason edition):

Who will be the starting QB for Carolina Game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Free Agent QB 11/10

Jimmy Clausen 2/1

Matt Moore 5/2

A 2011 Draft Pick QB 6/1

Here’s what new coach Ron Rivera said today when asked if Clausen was his starter going into next season: “You assume right now until you find that other guy to come in and compete... He is a young man with some talent and some abilities and we have to be sure the guy who comes in as the coordinator as well as the quarterbacks coach understand that.” I think Clausen will get every chance to start next season, and I think he’ll be OK enough in the preseason to earn the starting nod for Week 1. And maybe not much longer after that.

Who will be on the Bengals roster for game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Chad Ochocinco only 3/2

Terrell Owens only 5/1

Both Ochocinco & Owens 3/1

Neither Ochocinco & Owens 3/2

I don’t think Owens will be there at all. Since Marvin Lewis will return as coach, I can see Ochocinco coming back for another season as well (despite the fact he’s still “mopey”). But I don’t think he will. So, I’d go with neither.

Who will be the starting QB for Denver Game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Tim Tebow 1/1

Kyle Orton 3/2

Other 3/1

It has to be Tebow, doesn’t it? Isn’t it written in the stars or something?

Will Michael Vick be an Eagle Game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Yes -700

No +400

Yes. As the team’s franchise tag.

Will Kevin Kolb be an Eagle Game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Yes +150

No  -200

Yes. As a well-compensated backup.

Who will Nnamdi Asomugha sign with?

Dallas Cowboys 6/1

Baltimore Ravens 7/1

Green Bay Packers 15/2

Jacksonville Jaguars 15/2

Detroit Lions 9/1

Houston Texans 10/1

Philadelphia Eagles 10/1

Denver Broncos 12/1

Oakland Raiders 15/1

Any Other Team 2/3

No idea. You’re on your own for this one.

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Posted on: January 11, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2011 4:16 pm

Ron Rivera: Carolina Panthers new head coach

Posted by Will Brinson

Ron Rivera's been all but locked-in as the next coach of the Carolina Panthers for the past few days and the fans/media/etc have simply been waiting for an announcement from the team.

While that's yet to come, multiple reports surfaced on Tuesday afternoon that Rivera and the Panthers reached an agreement to make him the next head coach of the franchise. Including the most telling "report" of them all, a tweet from Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen, who tweeted "Congrats to Coach Rivera being named new Panthers HC!!!"

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the sides are "putting finishing touches on the contract" and an agreement has been reached. Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that Rivera "has been hired," but, again, the team has yet to announce anything.

Chris Mortensen reports that Rivera's deal will be for $11.2 million over the course of four years with no option.

It's been known/expected for about a day and a half that Rivera would land the gig in Carolina, and this means the 5:00 PM EST press conference at Bank of America Stadium on Tuesday should lock Rivera into the gig. 

As covered previously, Rivera's track record is similar to that of the Panthers' last coach, John Fox. Rivera had success as a defensive coordinator (albeit in two locations and with two different defenses), saw his star rise in the coaching ranks, received two interviews with the Panthers, and landed the job.

Rivera's staff will be critical to his success, particularly the offensive coordinator. Rob Chudzinski, the current tight ends coach with the Chargers, has been rumored as a possible candidate for the OC position with the Panthers when Rivera's officially announced. Ron Turner, who worked with Rivera in Chicago, is expected to be in the mix as well.

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