Bears HOF linebacker Mike Singletary to be next featured guest on Inside Look

Bears HOF linebacker Mike Singletary to be next featured guest on Inside Look

CHICAGO BEARS HALL OF FAME LINEBACKER MIKE SINGLETARY TO BE THE NEXT FEATURED GUEST ON
COMCAST SPORTSNETS MONTHLY INTERVIEW SERIES, INSIDE LOOK

Inside Look presented by Cadillac, hosted by Comcast SportsNets Chris Boden, featuring Mike Singletary
to debut Friday, November 16 at 9:30 PM

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of Inside Look, including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (November 14, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac.

Debuting Friday, November 16 at 9:30 PM, Comcast SportsNets Chris Boden hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago Bears Hall of Fame linebacker & two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year MIKE SINGLETARY. Singletary, currently a linebackers coach of the Minnesota Vikings, discusses everything from his thoughts on why the 85 Bears failed to repeat as Super Bowl champions, his menacing on-field stare, his volatile rookie year relationship with defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, his experience as an NFL head coach and much more.

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV. Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet. Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Mike Singletary on the following datestimes: Tue, Nov. 20 at 9:30pm - Thu, Nov. 22 at 9pm - Mon, Nov. 26 at 2pm - Sun, Dec. 2 at 8:30pm - Sun, Dec. 9 at 3:30pm - Tue, Dec. 11 at 7pm & Sun, Dec. 30 at 4:30pm.

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Mike Singletary presented by Cadillac premiering Friday, November 16 on Comcast SportsNet:

SINGLETARY on the 85 Bears failing to repeat as Super Bowl champions:

I wouldnt say that were the greatest team of all time, simply because we didnt have the wherewithal to bring it together againand get focused again. We were the immature brats that won the Super Bowl and just did not have sense enough to realize that there were traps set all around uspulling us apartand having us look at each other and become jealous here and envious thereand the thing that we had that was so special was taken away, and no one really took it. We gave it away. And its not just the players, its Coach Ditka, its Buddy (Ryan), its all of us.

SINGLETARY on his volatile rookie season relationship with defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan:

I hated him. I could not stand him. I mean, he made me sit next to him in a meeting, I turned like this (shifting himself in chair) because I just couldnt...I couldnt even look at him.

SINGLETARY on his menacing on-field stare before the snap of the ball:

People ask me were you trying to intimidate the other team? No, not at all. The reason my eyes got big was simply because I was trying to see the whole field. Its as simple as that.

SINGLETARY on his experience as head coach of the 49ers, including his infamous post-game meltdown involving tight end Vernon Davis:

Im not a politically correct guy...Im not. I believe that if decisions have to be made, and theyre on my table to make, I got to make decisions. Did I go about it the right way? Did I do it the right way? I would say that my emotions at that time were a bit immaturebutI think everything that happened in that experience was for (Davis)and its what he needed. If I had to do it over again, I would do it different.

Report: Rutgers' Janarion Grant to miss remainder of season with injury

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Report: Rutgers' Janarion Grant to miss remainder of season with injury

The worst-case scenario appears to have struck for Rutgers and star playmaker Janarion Grant.

Grant, who is an ever-dangerous scoring threat in multiple phases of the game, was injured after taking a catch 76 yards inside the five-yard line in Saturday's loss to Iowa. According to a Sunday report from NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy, the injury will knock Grant out for the remainder of the season.

Grant had his ankle stepped on at the end of that long run and sat out the rest of Saturday's game.

The blow is obviously a crushing one for the Scarlet Knights. Grant is the team's best and most dangerous player. A star return man, he's played a big role on offense this season, as well. In four games, Grant racked up 138 rushing yards, 210 receiving yards, 112 punt-return yards and 195 kick-return yards. He scored six total touchdowns: three rushing, one via a punt return, one via a kick return and one touchdown throw.

A senior, Grant's collegiate career could be over due to the injury. He could apply for a medical hardship waiver, though already appearing in four games this season, it's potentially unlikely that he would receive one from the NCAA.

In his four-year career, Grant has totaled 2,606 kick-return yards (five touchdowns), 895 receiving yards (one touchdown), 480 punt-return yards (three touchdowns) and 270 rushing yards (three touchdowns).

Adding more bad news for the Knights, Dunleavy also reported that wide receiver Quanzell Lambert is out for the season, as well.

After firing Brian VanGorder, Brian Kelly puts onus on coaches to fix Irish defense

After firing Brian VanGorder, Brian Kelly puts onus on coaches to fix Irish defense

Brian Kelly, before Sunday, hadn’t fired an assistant coach since coming to Notre Dame nearly seven years ago. But faced with a 1-3 record and an uncertain defensive future, Kelly came to the conclusion that a change at defensive coordinator was necessary to Notre Dame’s chances of turning around a season headed in the wrong direction. 

And with that, Brian VanGorder is out. Greg Hudson, who previously was a defensive analyst and Purdue’s defensive coordinator from 2013-2015, is in. But what does Kelly want to see out of a defense that ranks at or near the bottom of the FBS level in so many defensive statistics and has been the main culprit in losses to Texas, Michigan State and Duke?

The first step, Kelly said on his teleconference Sunday, is injecting something enjoyable into an Irish defense that VanGorder defended in August as “likable and learnable.” 

“Guys played hard, but we lacked some of the energy and enthusiasm and fun, quite frankly, that you need to have when you're playing on defense,” Kelly said. 

Maybe better energy will result in better tackling, a fundamental area that’s been a glaring problem for this defense in 2016. Kelly said last week his defensive players were “anxious,” which contributed to the the team’s tackling problem. Better coaching, of course, would help there as well. 

But adding energy is sort of a nebulous, impossible-to-quantify concept. More concrete will be the tweaks to the defensive scheme and moving a few players into different positions to maximize their ability. 

Kelly said the terminology of the defense will remain the same, which makes sense given the installation process for VanGorder’s scheme began back during spring practice. Changing the terminology, Kelly said, would “pull the rug underneath the kids at this point in the season.”

What there will be, Kelly said, is a different focus trained on parts of the defense that have been installed but maybe not utilized frequently. 

“There's a lot,” Kelly said. “There's a very vast library that is easily tapped into from a different perspective, different terminology in terms of what has not been leaned on heavily in terms of fronts and coverages, but it's already installed.

“So there's a vast library. There's a lot there. I'm going to send around some of the things I believe our guys will feel comfortable with, and we'll go from there.”

Kelly dismissed the notion that VanGorder installed too much into his defensive scheme, but said he, Hudson and Irish coaches will “streamline” things to allow players to be fundamentally sound and play with that kind of speed and energy necessary. 

Kelly said, too, that he and his coaching staff will meet Sunday to discuss personnel changes — both from getting certain guys on the field (like defensive end Jay Hayes, who Kelly specifically addressed) and getting others into better positions to make plays. 

“We think that there might be some validity to moving around a couple of players,” Kelly said. “So that will be a conversation that I begin a little bit later this afternoon.”

It’s too early to tell what Notre Dame’s defense will look like on Saturday against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium, but what’s clear is that a turnaround is necessary — and it’s needed immediately. At 1-3, with three games left against teams ranked in the top 15 of S&P+ (home games against Stanford, Miami and Virginia Tech), Notre Dame doesn’t have much margin for error if it wants to reach a bowl game in 2016. 

The defense has made plenty of errors so far, to the point where Kelly took a step he never had in South Bend. Streamlining things, getting that energy back, tweaking the scheme — whatever it is, Notre Dame needs solutions on defense. 

Those solutions weren’t coming with VanGorder and now have to come with Hudson, as well as Kelly taking a more involved supervisor role in the defense. 

“It starts with the coaches,” Kelly said. “I think it's got to be coach-led and they have got to start the fire. And then those players that have that intrinsic motivation, that fire within, they will come along with us. Those that don't, we're going to leave them along the side. But this is going to start with the coaches.”