Singletary: Coaching for Vikings has been 'tremendous surprise'

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Singletary: Coaching for Vikings has been 'tremendous surprise'

This weekend is more than just a big division matchup between the Bears and Vikings.

Sunday's game will feature a pair of Minnesota coaches -- head coach Leslie Frazier and linebackers coach Mike Singletary -- facing off against the team they won a Super Bowl with. Both Frazier and Singletary were members of the 1985 Bears defense, one of the best units of all time.

CSN sat down with Singletary earlier this year as part of the popular "Inside Look" series, and the Hall of Fame linebacker chatted about what it's like to work for one of the Bears' rivals and coaching with Frazier.

"Once you've been in Chicago, it's a city that is really unlike any other," Singletary said. "It has its own signature. It certainly is a city that I will always be thankful for and what Chicago means to me and my family and so many people there. They love hard, they fight hard. It's a great city."

"I think sometimes things happen in life and you find yourself in situation where, at the onset, you think 'you've gotta be kidding me. I'm going to Minnesota or Green Bay?' But I think everything has to do with your attitude toward being where you are. Being here has been great. It's been a tremendous surprise for me."

Singletary also discusses how he got into coaching and his desire to become a head coach again and take a team to the Super Bowl multiple times.

Check out the entire interview with Singletary in advance of the Bears-Vikings game Sunday.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Jamal Mayers discuss the bottom six carrying the Blackhawks to a come-from-behind win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

Later, Mayers weighs in on possible targets with the NHL trade deadline just six weeks away.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below:

Pro Football Focus gives Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman historical 2016 grade

Pro Football Focus gives Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman historical 2016 grade

Bears GM Ryan Pace struck gold with his signing of Jerrell Freeman last offseason.

Freeman, who signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Bears last March, was graded as the NFL's No. 1 inside linebacker in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus.

Freeman's 93.8 overall grade was PFF's third-highest defensive grade behind Los Angeles Rams All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald (95.6) and Oakland Raiders standout edge rusher Khalil Mack (93.9). 

Here's what PFF's Mike Renner had to say about Freeman's historic 2016 season:

One of the most impressive pure statistics any player amassed this season came from Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman. He made 40 tackles in coverage while missing only one tackle attempt. That ratio is insane, and it’s the best we’ve recorded since 2012. That’s about the only exciting stat, though, as the Bears’ front-seven desperately missed a fully-healthy Pernell McPhee for a good portion of the year.

Despite Freeman's outstanding season, he was left off of PFF's All-Pro Team for 2016. Although he was ranked ahead of Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner (91.6) and Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (92.9), PFF likely omitted Freeman due to him missing four games with a PED suspension.

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In his first season with the Bears, the 30-year-old Freeman led the team with 110 tackles (the next highest total was Harold Jones-Quartey's 78). Freeman also finished with a team-high 7 tackles for a loss. 

Check out a snapshot below of Freeman's PFF metrics from last season:

If there's any doubt about Freeman's play falling off after serving a suspension, he put that theory to rest. Freeman's second-best game grade came in Week 17 against the Minnesota Vikings (3.5). Freeman also had a positive grade (1.4) in his first game coming off the suspension against the Washington Redskins in Week 16.

"People know me," Freeman told the media after returning from suspension. "People know who I am. People know what I'm about. I wouldn't do that on purpose. I made a mistake and that's what it is. It's not like I was going out of my way to do something (illegal). But it happened. It's my fault and I take responsibility for it."