Singletary says it's different to be working for Bears' rival

Samurai Mike admitted it’s a bit odd being back in the NFC North but not working for the Chicago Bears.

But the new linebackers coach for the Minnesota Vikings is anxious to get working in his new role under former teammate and longtime friend Leslie Frazier.

"(It) does seem a bit strange,” Mike Singletary told Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune. “Les and I ... we talked about it a bit, but I am just excited to be back in the division, as strange as it does seem. Every now and then, timing works out in such a way that you can't understand, but it is amazing how it works sometimes."

After Frazier was hired, it seemed like only a matter of time before Singletary, who was let go by the San Francisco 49ers before the final game of the season, would join him. He also has the title of assistant head coach and joins a team with a pair of good young linebackers in Chad Greenway and E.J. Henderson.

Singletary, who played for only the Bears during his Hall of Fame career, approached the organization when he made a decision to get back into coaching. He was told at the time there wasn’t anything for him. Fans still wonder about the possibility of him returning as the head coach one day, but after his latest run with the 49ers and with Lovie Smith due a contract extension, that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

"You know what: You never know what the Lord's going to do," Singletary said. "As amazing as it seems ... I mean, in my mind, as close as we got in San Francisco to really building something ... it's just one of those things where you never know what's going to happen. Certainly this year is an amazing year to me. But you just never know where you are going to end up. Keep all options open."

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