May 3, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings assistant head coach and linebackers coach Mike Singletary teaches players in drills at the Minnesota Vikings Rookie Minicamp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Singletary will not return to Minnesota Vikings next season

For the last three season, NFL legend Mike Singletary has served as the assistant head coach and linebackers coach for the Minnesota Vikings. But, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, there will not be a fourth as Singletary has decided to leave the team.

The move comes on the heels of the Vikings hiring Mike Zimmer on Wednesday as their new head coach following the firing of Leslie Frazier.

In talking about the move, Singletary didn’t mention the arrival of Zimmer in the Twin Cities as the reason for leaving, rather just saying that it was simply time to move on.

“I knew that this would be my last year as things were as linebackers coach,” Singletary said. “It’s time to move on. I just felt I had grown as much as I could here.”

This move also doesn’t mean that his coaching days are done, as he wants to not only continue in the profession, but he would like to eventually be the head man somewhere again someday, as he was for the San Francisco 49ers for three years.

“I can just continue climbing steps again to get to the next level,” said Singletary, 55. “I want to be a head coach again, or hopefully a coordinator.”

 

 

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