BBAO: Mike Singletary joins Bears' list

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Make that an even dozen reported candidates for the Chicago Bears' open head-coaching position. The latest: Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports the Bears want to interview a pair of Minnesota Vikings assistants: Mike Singletary and Mike Priefer.

Singletary had a Hall of Fame career as the Bears' middle linebacker and was the San Francisco 49ers' coach for parts of three seasons from 2008-10. But his time in Minnesota has been much less visible, and he is currently the Vikings' special assistant to the head coach and also works with linebackers coach Fred Pagac.

Priefer, meanwhile, is the third special teams coordinator's name to emerge. His work in identifying, drafting and developing Pro Bowl place-kicker Blair Walsh has been lauded throughout the organization.

It's now clear that Bears general manager Phil Emery is using this opportunity to meet as many NFL assistants as he can and assemble a mental database of their thoughts, ideas and personalities. Who knows how many of these candidates are serious contenders for the job, but it's worth noting that three of the 12 names that have been reported are from division rivals.

For what it's worth, Singletary is the only one with either head-coaching experience or a defensive background. ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported the Bears hope to bring two finalists to Halas Hall this week.

Continuing around the NFC North: